Lexicon

 

 

 

 

Adaptogen: Increases the body's ability to resist and adapt to physical, biologicaland emotional stresses. Will maintain health in general by balancing the immune, nervous and glandular systems. So a plant that protects the body, strengthens it and strengthens the functioning of organs, but especially a plant that can be taken over the long term.

Adjuvant:
Substance added to another to improve its properties.

Alkalizing:
Reduces the acidity of body fluids.

Alterative:
Promotes the elimination of toxins and waste by different emunctories (kidneys, liver, intestines, skin, respiratory system).

Analgesic:
Relieve pain

Antiaggregant:
Which prevents the formation of clusters of blood platelets (platelet aggregation).

Antibiotic:
Kills bacteria or prevents their proliferation.

Anticoagulant:
Which reduces the formation of blood clots and liquefies the blood.

Antifungal:
Which destroys fungi or prevents their proliferation.

Antihistamine:
Which counteracts the effects of histamine, thus helps to combat allergies.

Antioxidant:
Prevents oxidation and alteration of tissues by neutralizing free radicals in the body.

Antipruritic:
That works against itching.

Antipyretic:
Decreases fever.

Antiseptic:
Which destroys or weakens micro-organisms.

Antispasmodic:
Relieves, prevents, or lowers the incidence of muscle spasms.

Antitussive:
Which relieves and fights the cough.

Antiviral:
Works against viruses that cause infection.

Anxiolytic:
Who fights anxiety.

Aphrodisiac:
Which stimulates libido and sexual activity.

Astringent:
Which reinforces and especially tightens the tissues, especially the mucous membranes and the skin, thus reducing  secretions and bleeding.

Asthenia:
General fatigue, impairment of the organism.

Bronchodilator:
Which has the effect of increasing the diameter of the bronchi.

Carminative:
Facilitates the evacuation of intestinal gas.

Catalyst:
Which allows to make the properties faster by activating the circulation (cayenne, ginger, nasturtium, horseradish, etc.).

Chelator: A substance that can associate with certain toxins to form a non-toxic complex and eliminate it in the urine. It's like a guard who finds intruders and escorts them to the exit gate.

Cholagogue:
Which promotes the evacuation of bile enclosed in the bile ducts.

Choleretic:
Which increases the flow of biliary secretion.

Depurative:
Which promotes the elimination of toxins and waste by different emunctories (kidneys, liver, intestines, skin, respiratory system).

Diaphoretic:
Which causes sweating.

Solvent:
Which helps to dissolve the lithiases (stones) especially of the kidneys.

Diuretic:
Which stimulates the production of urine, forces an elimination by the kidneys. Diuretic plants are very useful in infection to eliminate undesirables more quickly through urine and during cures to eliminate waste dislodged and recirculated in blood and lymph.

Emesis:
Causes vomiting.

Emmenagogue:
Which causes and helps to regulate menstruation by stimulating the uterine muscle.

Emollient:
Which softens and calms the inflamed tissues; The emollience comes from the mucilages (gelatinous texture).

Expectorant:
Which encourages the reflex of the cough and promotes the expulsion of the respiratory mucus.

Febrifuge:
Which lowers fever.

Galacagogue:
Which promotes the production of breast milk.

Hemostatic: Stops or reduces bleeding by promoting blood coagulation.

Hepatoprotective:
Protects the liver.

 

Hypertensive: Which causes the elevation of blood pressure, therefore increases blood pressure.

Hypoglycaemic:
Which reduces the level of sugar in the blood.

Hypnotic:
Which causes sleep.

Hypotensor:
Which lowers the blood pressure, thus decreases the blood pressure.

Immunomodulant: Capable of modifying or regulating one or more immune functions

Immunostimulant (also called immune tonic):
Which stimulates the immune system.

Immunostimulating plants sound the alarm, mobilize troops of small soldiers (our white blood cells) and put them at attention, ready for battle. They are therefore to be used when the first symptoms of any infection occur. Taken over long periods, on the other hand, they risk having the opposite effect and exhausting the immune system. Always take on short term.

Immunosuppressant: An agent that can suppress or prevent the immune response
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Laxative:
Which promotes the evacuation of stool, accelerates the intestinal emptying and, therefore, reduces the reabsorption of toxins.

Warning for laxative stimulant plants (sene, bourdaine, rhubarb root, etc): they can cause cramps and abdominal pain. They also cause loss of minerals (electrolytes) and can cause, in the long term, lazy bowel syndrome (rebound constipation). Always prefer mass laxatives like fiber (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, wheat bran, etc.), emollient laxatives (ground flax seeds, marshmallow root, red elm, etc.) or bitter plants that increase Digestive secretions and promote the degradation of toxins and their elimination through the intestine. They are gentle, safe, and absolutely commendable.

Mucolytic:
Which liquefies and allows the evacuation of the mucus.

Ocytoic:
Which stimulates and triggers the contractions of the uterine muscle.

Oestogenic:
That acts like estrogens.

Parturiente:
Which causes and facilitates childbirth.

Prebiotic / Bifidogen: A substance capable of stimulating the activity of friendly bacteria living in the intestine and necessary for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Progesteronic:
Which acts as progesterone.

Refreshing:
That calms thirst, decreases body temperature.

Sedative:
Which moderates nervous activity and acts against pain and anxiety.

Sialagogue:
Which increases saliva production.

Parasympathetic nervous system:
Part of the autonomic nervous system responsible for resting the body (slows down the heart and stimulates digestion).

Sympathetic nervous system:
Part of the autonomic nervous system responsible for the activation of the organism (accelerates the heart and dilates the pupils).

Bitter tonic:
Which stimulates the secretion of saliva and digestive juices, thus increasing the appetite and consequently facilitates the evacuation by the stool.

Immune tonic (see Adaptogen):
Which nourishes and strengthens the immune system by increasing our ability to defend ourselves against external aggressions.

Vasoconstrictor:
Which reduces the size of blood vessels.

Vasodilator:
Which increases the size of blood vessels.

Veinotonic:
Which increases the tonicity of the walls of the veins.

Vermifuge:
Which eliminates and evacuates intestinal worms.