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Find your medicinal herbs information from an alphabetical list

A  B   C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

From the index of A to Z medicinal herbs, you can find all information on medicinal herbs, including their scientific names, parts used, benefits, actions, and active ingredients, treatment/prevention of diseases and improvement of function or system.

This online information can aid in understanding your medicinal herbs and their uses before you talk to your healthcare provider or buy herbal supplements. However, this reference is for education purpose only and not a substitute for discussing your herbal supplements with your health care professional for medical help and treatment.

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How to buy herbal supplements

How to make a herbal tea

Herbal Remedies For A Healthy Liver

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Ginkgo Biloba

St. John’s Wort

Echinacea

Benefits of Peanuts

Substitute of Glucosol

Three Plants for Weight Loss Control


Medical Guidelines for the Clinical Use of Dietary Supplements and Nutraceuticals

American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists

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10 Best-selling Herbal Supplements in the US

Today, herbs and herbal supplements are available everywhere from healthcare shops to mass-merchandisers like Wal-Mart and Target. Here’s a brief look at the 10 best-selling herbal supplements in the U.S in 2007.

1 Soy

Soy, or Glycine max, saw a nearly 17% drop in 2007 but its $25,600,000 in annual sales was enough to keep it firmly in the top position. Soy may not be a plant many of us would consider a “true” herb, but this widely-grown food crop has some amazing therapeutic properties. Some studies have found that soy’s weak estrogenic actions may help some women better manage symptoms of menopause and help younger women build healthy, less-cancer-prone breasts. Soy is also associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and cancers of the prostate and ovaries.

2. Cranberry

Vaccinium macrocarpon is known as plain old cranberry. It’s perhaps best known as a home remedy for urinary tract infection and while it may not actually treat the infection, cranberry contains substances that can effectively prevent the bacteria that causes UTI from “sticking” to the bladder walls, prevent re-infection. Cranberry may also offer a similar action to ulcer patients by preventing the adhesion of the bacteria H. plyori in the digestive tract. No wonder sales of this supplement jumped more than 23.50% to see sales of nearly $24,000,000.

3. Garlic

A couple of highly-publicized studies finding garlic inefective at lowering cholesterol contributed to garlic’s drop from #2 to #3 on the list of best-selling herbs in the U.S. But with annual sales of about $20,500,000 garlic, or Allium sativum, still manages to be one of the most popular herbal supplements around. This pungent herb may have its share of critics but it also has powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal actions. Studies suggest that regular garlic use may help you reduce your chances of catching a cold and lower your risk of certain cancers.

4. Ginkgo biloba

Botanists call the Ginkgo biloba tree a “living fossil” because it has remained virtually unchanged since the Paleozoicperiod of 225 million years ago. Sold exclusively as a standardized extract, ginkgo may be the most popular herbal supplement in the world. Here in the U.S.–where annual sales approach $18,000,000–ginkgo is used mainly for improved brain function. Some studies have suggested that ginkgo’s ability to increase blood flow to the brain may help some Alzheimer’s patients better manage their condition.

5. Saw Palmetto

With sales of nearly $17,000,000 saw palmetto, or Serenoa repens, is one of the best-selling “men’s” herbs. Its small blue berries were once eaten as food but today saw palmetto is mainly used as a treatment for enlarged prostate. While it’s not appropriate for men who have prostate cancer, this herb has been shown to help some men better manage BPH symptoms. In fact, one study found saw palmetto more effective at managing symptoms of benign prostate hyperplasia than the prescription drug most often prescribed for it.

6. Echinacea

Purple coneflower, or Echinacea purpurea, the sales of Echnacea is just over $14,400,000. It is among the most-studied herbs in all of herbal medicine. Scientists don’t understand exactly how echinacea works but one thing they do know is that this hardy perennial contains chemicals that work to stimulate the body’s immune system. This action may help the body better fight infections, manage inflammation and strengthen blood vessels. Some (but not all) studies have found that echinacea may help shorten both the duration and severity of the common cold.

7. Black Cohosh

The “Cimicifuga” part of its Latin name, Cimicifuga racemosa comes from two Latin words which translate to “drive away bugs” and that’s exactly what black cohosh does in the garden. In herbal medicine, this member of the buttercup family is most often used as a remedy for menopausal symptoms. Somewhat controversial among herbalists–some of whom recommend it be used only for short periods of time–this herb nonetheless enjoyed U.S. sales of more than $8,600,000.

8. Milk Thistle

With just over $8,600,000 in annual sales, milk thistle orSilybum marianum is the 8th best-selling herb in the U.S. Milk thistle has been used for centuries as a liver tonic; today, scientific research shows that those ancient herbalists were right. Milk thistle helps the liver repair itself after damage and helps prevent future damage–even when the damage is the result of alcohol or drug abuse.

9. Ginseng

There are 3 major species of ginseng sold in the U.S. but only “true” ginseng-the one known botanically as Panax ginseng–made it into the top 10. Coming in with sales of nearly $8,400,000 this ancient Chinese herb is widely regarded as the “ultimate herb” among herbalists. In fact, the “Panax” part of its name comes from 2 Greek work which translate literallly into “cure-all” or “panacea”. Here in the U.S., ginseng is most often used as a general tonic and energy booster.

10. St. John’s Wort

Hypericum perforatum, or St. Johns wort, is used to treat depression, anxiety and insomnia. It’s also used as a digestive remedy and, when used topically, a first-aid treatment for bruises, muscle pain and minor burns. Sales of St. Johns wort have dropped slightly in recent years but it still managed to slip into the herbal top 10 with sales of just over $8,000,000 .

Please talk with your doctor first to know if any of these herbal supplements is appropriate for you!

Sources Used In This Article:

Cavaliere, C., et al. (2008). Herbal Supplement Sales in United States Show Growth in All Channels. Herbalgram.

Blumenthal, M., et al. (1998). The Complete German Commission E Monographs.

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