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Alterative

Alterative

A substance which stimulates changes or alterations of metabolism and tissue function of a defensive nature in the presence of disease. This action occurs by modifying and supporting nutritive and eliminative functions, furthering metabolism, stimulating the lymphatic system and promoting absorption of inflammatory deposits.

Formerly termed: "blood cleansers".

See

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
Blue Flag
Bog bean
Burdock
Chaparral
Cleavers
Echinacea
Figwort
Fringe-tree bark
Fumitory
Garlic
Ginseng
Goldenseal
Gotu Kola
Guaiacum
Kelp (Bladderwrack)
Nettle
Oregon Grape (Berberis )
Pasque flower
Pokeroot
Queen's Delight
Red Clover
Sarsaparilla
Sassafras
Wild Indigo
Yellow Dock

References

Culbreth, D.M.R. A Manual of Materia Medica and Pharmacology. Reprinted by Eclectic Med Publications: Portland, OR, 1983.

Elingwood, F. American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy. Eclectic Med Publications, Portland, OR, l983.

Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Lewis, Walter H. & Elvin-Lewis, Memory P.F. Medical Botany: Plants Affecting Man's Health, John Wiley and Sons. NY, l977.

Moore, M. Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West. Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, NM. l984.

 


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