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Reprinted with permission from the book From Magic to Medicine                  Alphabetical Herb List


A substance that relieves flatulence, promotes the flow of bile into the intestines, is a diuretic, and is an antispasmodic. Counteracts dizziness, fainting, migraines.


Nutrient found predominantly in meat and animal products (best source is red meat). Small amounts are made in the body (lysine, methionine, vitamins such as niacin, B6, vitamin C and iron required. Considered a “powerhouse nutrient” because it is central to the body´s ability to turn food into energy (especially fat). Considered to be an excellent anti-oxidant and being touted for anti-aging and longevity. PURPORTED BENEFITS: Improved weight loss, better mental function, eliminated cravings, increased energy, relieved PMS, better sleep quality, better liver function, stronger immunity functions, enhances aerobic performance. Trained runners given two grams per day improve their running speeds by 5.7%. The brain enhancing form of carnitine ... acetyl-L-carnitine is a powerful anti-oxidant.

LICORICE (Glyeyrrhiza Glabra)

Native to the Middle East and China, it is called the “elder statesman because it was thought to harmonize other botanicals in a formula.

The root is used as a remedy for aggravation in the upper respiratory tract. Used to heal ulcers, inhibit the growth of harmful viruses, and has the ability to stimulate the adrenal glands.

A form of licorice called “DGL” is used in Europe to treat ulcers of the stomach and recent tests have indicated that it works better than the prescribed drug Tagamet which can have serious side-effects.

It is also reported to improve mood when taken in small quantities.

CAUTION: Listed as a moderately dangerous drug in The Giant Book of Health Facts. Licorice compounds should not be used by those with a history of liver ailments, congestive heart failure or kidney disease.

May interfere with corticosteroids. May cause hypertension, swelling of the legs and loss of potassium in women taking oral contraceptives. May lead to dangerous loss of potasium when taken with laxatives.


A nervine herb which strengthens and tones the nervous system ... helps you to relax and cope better with stress and anxiety ... which have been linked to heart disease.


Used as a poultice to relieve pain and muscle spasms.

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