Therapeutic Index

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This index lists herbs that can be considered as treatment for specific diseases. The diseases or conditions are listed alphabetically. The most useful herbs, or the specifics, for each category are listed first, the others listed second. Specifics are those herbs which are considered to be the best and most effective remedies to relieve a particular condition or disease state. For specific formulas and recipes see: Folk Medicine Remedies and Cures.



  • Blue Flag, Cleavers, Echinacea, Garlic, Poke Root, Wild Indigo


  • Cleavers, Echinacea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Marigold, Poke Root, Wild Indigo

Angina Pectoris

  • Hawthorn
  • Motherwort


  • Californian Poppy, Chamomile, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Pasque Flower, St John’s Wort, Skullcap, Valerian, Wild Lettuce
  • Balm, Betony, Cowslip, Damiana, Hops, Hyssop, Oats, Passion Flower, Peppermint, Vervain


  • Agrimony
  • American Cranesbill, Golden Seal, Wild Yam

Appetite Loss

  • Calamus, Centaury, Condurango, Gentian, Mugwort, Wormwood
  • Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Galangal, Golden Seal, Quassia, Southernwood, Tansy, White Poplar


  • Lime
  • Hawthorn, Mistletoe


  • Black Cohosh, Bogbean, Celery Seed, Guaiacum, Prickly Ash, Wild Yam
  • Bittersweet, Daisy, Juniper, Meadowsweet, Red Cedar, Scots Pine, Silver Birch, White Poplar, Wintergreen, Yarrow


  • Elecampane, Ephedra, Grindelia, Lobelia, Pill-bearing Spurge, Sundew, Wild Cherry
  • Balsam of Tolu, Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Blood Root, Blue Cohosh, Butterbur, Coltsfoot, Mullein, Pasque Flower, Senega

Blood Pressure (high)

  • Hawthorn, Lime Blossom, Mistletoe, Yarrow
  • Balm, Black Haw, Cramp Bark, Garlic


  • Blue Flag, Echinacea, Garlic, Myrrh, Pasque Flower, Poke Root, Wild Indigo
  • Chickweed, Cleavers, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Fenugreek, Figwort, Flax Seed, Greater Plantain, Mallow, Marsh Mallow


  • Blood Root, Coltsfoot, Echinacea, Elecampane, Garlic, Grindelia, Lobelia, Mouse Ear, Mullein, Pill-bearing Spurge, Pleurisy Root, Senega, Sundew, White Horehound
  • Angelica, Aniseed, Balm of Gilead, Balsam of Tolu, Caraway, Carline Thistle, Comfrey, Cowslip, Ephedra, Fennel, Fenugreek, Flax Seed, Greater Plantain, Ground Ivy, Horseradish, Hyssop, Iceland Moss, Ipecacuanha, Irish Moss, Licorice, Mallow, Marsh Mallow, Nasturtium, Pansy, Scots Pine, Soapwort, Squill, Sweet Violet, Thyme, Wild Cherry


  • Arnica, Elder
  • Chickweed, Cucumber, Lady’s Mantle, Marigold, St John’s Wort


  • Aloe, Elder, Marigold, Greater Plantain, St John’s Wort
  • Chamomile, Chickweed, Comfrey, Cucumber, Quince Seed


  • Echinacea, Elder, Eyebright, Garlic, Golden Rod, Golden Seal, Mouse Ear, Mullein, Peppermint, Pine, Poke Root
  • Avens, Balsam of Tolu, Bistort, Chamomile, Coltsfoot, Daisy, Fenugreek, Grindelia, Ground Ivy, Hyssop, Iceland Moss, Mallow, Myrrh, Pill-bearing Spurge, Sweet Violet, Wild Indigo


  • Cayenne, Ginger
  • Black Mustard, Horsetail, Prickly Ash


  • Cayenne, Ginger, Prickly Ash
  • Black Mustard, Horseradish, Rosemary



  • Angelica, Boldo, Calamus, Condurango, Cramp Bark, Gentian, Ginger, Peppermint, Valerian, Wild Yam
  • Allspice, Aniseed, Avens, Balmony, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Butterbur, Caraway, Cardamon, Catnip, Cayenne, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Horseradish, Jambul, Juniper, Licorice, Mugwort, Pennyroyal, Red Cedar, Rue, Tormentil, Wild Lettuce, Wormwood


  • Agrimony, American Cranesbill, Bayberry, Comfrey, Marsh Mallow
  • Bistort, Black Catechu, Meadowsweet, Oak, Tormentil


  • Chamomile, Eyebright, Golden Seal, Marigold
  • Fennel


  • Balmony, Barberry, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Rhubarb Root, Senna, Yellow Dock
  • Aloe, Black Root, Bogbean, Boldo, Butterbur, Figwort, Flax Seed, Wahoo


  • Angelica, Aniseed, Balm of Gilead, Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Cowslip, Elecampane, Garlic, Golden Seal, Grindelia, Ground Ivy, Hyssop, Mouse Ear, Mullein, Pine, Greater Plantain, Pleurisy Root, Senega, Sundew, White Horehound
  • Balsam of Tolu, Caraway, Carline Thistle, Daisy, Fennel, Fenugreek, Licorice, Mallow, Marjoram, Marsh Mallow, Myrrh, Red Poppy, Soapwort, Sweet Violet, Thuja, Thyme, Wild Lettuce


  • Black Cohosh, Cramp Bark, Pasque Flower, Skullcap, Valerian, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam
  • Cayenne, Ginger, Woundwort




  • Balmony, Blessed Thistle, Cayenne, Damiana, Dandelion, Golden Seal, Kola, Rosemary
  • Agrimony, Barberry, Betony, Calamus, Ginger, Life Root, Mugwort, Oats, True Unicorn Root, White Poplar, Wormwood


  • Damiana, Kola, Oats, Skullcap, Wormwood,
  • Balm, Celery, Chamomile, Mistletoe, Mugwort, Rosemary, Southernwood, Valerian, Vervain

Diarrhea (in adults)

  • Agrimony, American Cranesbill, Bayberry, Bistort, Black Catechu, Comfrey, Lady’s Mantle, Meadowsweet, Oak, Greater Plantain, Rhatany, Silverweed, Tormentil
  • Avens, Blessed Thistle, Burr-Marigold, Caraway, Catnip, Cinnamon, Coriander, Daisy, Eyebright, Ground Ivy, Jambul, Kola, Self-Heal

Diarrhea (in children)

  • Meadowsweet
  • American Cranesbill, Lady’s Mantle



  • Pennywort, Pasque Flower
  • Mullein
  • See also “Infection


  • Blue Flag, Burdock, Chickweed, Cleavers, Figwort, Golden Seal, Nettles, Red Clover, Yellow Dock
  • Balm of Gilead, Bittersweet, Comfrey, Mountain Grape, Oregon Grape Root, Pansy, Sarsaparilla, Sweet Violet


  • Hyssop, Skullcap
  • Passion Flower, Valerian


  • Boneset, Catnip, Cayenne, Ginger, Peruvian Bark, Pleurisy Root
  • Angelica, Black Mustard, Borage, Carline Thistle, Chamomile, Horseradish, Peppermint, Vervain


  • Cayenne, Ginger, Pine, Ragwort, Wintergreen
  • Horseradish, Rosemary, St John’s Wort


  • Angelica, Calamus, Caraway, Cardamon, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Condurango, Coriander, Fennel, Gentian, Ginger
  • Allspice, Aniseed, Balm, Blessed Thistle, Calumba, Catnip, Centaury, Chamomile, Cloves, Galangal, Horseradish, Juniper, Marjoram, Mugwort, Parsley, Pennyroyal, PeppermintRed Cedar, , Thyme, Valerian, Wormwood

Fungus Infection

  • Marigold
  • Golden Seal, Greater Celandine, Myrrh

Gall Bladder Problems

  • Balmony, Black Root, Dandelion, Fringetree Bark, Milk Thistle, Vervain, Wahoo, Wild Yam
  • Barberry, Bogbean, Boldo, Golden Seal, Greater Celandine, Marigold


  • American Cranesbill, Calamus, Comfrey, Golden Seal, Marsh Mallow, Meadowsweet, Slippery Elm
  • Chamomile, Iceland Moss, Irish Moss, Licorice, Mallow, Peach Leaves, Quince


  • Bistort, Echinacea, Golden Seal, Myrrh, Oak Bark, Poke Root, Rhatany, Wild Indigo
  • Avens, Bayberry, Black Catechu, Garlic, Lady’s Mantle, Red Sage, Self-Heal, Silverweed, Tormentil, Vervain

Glands (swollen)

  • Cleavers, Echinacea, Poke Root
  • Marigold, Wild Indigo

Glandular Fever

  • Echinacea, Myrrh, Poke Root, Wormwood
  • Garlic, Wild Indigo


  • Dill, Fennel

Hay Fever

  • Ephedra, Golden Seal,
  • Elder, Eyebright, Garlic, Peppermint


  • Betony, Feverfew, Marjoram, Rosemary, Skullcap
  • Chamomile, Cowslip, Hops, Mistletoe, Peppermint, Rue, St John’s Wort, Valerian



  • Bistort, Horsechestnut, Lady’s Mantle, Pilewort, Silverweed, Tormentil
  • American Cranesbill, Balmony, Comfrey, Greater Plantain, Ground Ivy, Oak, Rhatany


  • Ephedra

Incontinence (urinary)

  • Ephedra, Horsetail
  • Agrimony


  • Balm, Calamus, Cayenne, Centaury, Chamomile, Condurango, Fennel, Ginger, Oregon Grape Root,  Peppermint, Valerian, Wild Yam, Wormwood,
  • Allspice, Agrimony, Balmony, Blessed Thistle, Boldo, Caraway, Cardamon, Catnip, Cinnamon, Cloves, Dill, Galangal, Gentian, Iceland Moss, Marjoram, Mugwort, Quassia, Red Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, True Unicorn Root, Wild Lettuce


  • Cleavers, Echinacea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Myrrh, Wild Indigo
  • Cayenne, Fenugreek, Ginger, Nasturtium, Thyme, Wormwood



  • Californian Poppy, Hops, Jamaican Dogwood, Passion Flower, Valerian, Wild Lettuce
  • Chamomile, Cowslip, Lime Blossom, Pasque Flower, Skullcap


  • Chickweed, Golden Seal, Marigold
  • Chamomile, Cleavers, Cucumber, Peppermint, St John’s Wort


  • Balmony, Barberry, Black Root, Dandelion, Oregon Grape Root, Vervain, Wahoo, Yellow Dock
  • Bittersweet, Centaury, Golden Seal, Mountain Grape, Wild Yam

Kidney Stones

  • Bearberry, Corn Silk, Couchgrass, Gravel Root, Hydrangea, Pellitory of the Wall, Stone Root
  • Dandelion, Sea Holly, Wild Carrot, Yarrow

Labor Pains (false)

  • Black Cohosh, Cramp Bark, Motherwort, Wild Yam
  • Blue Cohosh, Valerian, Wild Lettuce


  • Balm of Gilead, Blood Root, Echinacea, Golden Seal, Myrrh, Oak, Red Sage, Thyme
  • Agrimony, Bayberry, Bistort, Black Catechu, Caraway, Cayenne, Chamomile, Fenugreek, Golden Tod, Lady’s Mantle, Mallow, Poke Root, Tormentil, Wild Indigo


  • American Cranesbill, Bayberry, Beth Root, Golden Seal, Lady’s Mantle, Life Root, Myrrh, Nasturtium
  • Wild Indigo, Avens, Bearberry, Bistort, Black Catechu, Ground Ivy, Oak

Liver Tonic

  • Balmony, Black Root, Blue Flag, Centaury, Dandelion, Oregon Grape Root, Wahoo, Yellow Dock
  • Bogbean, Burdock, Garlic, Golden Seal, Mountain Grape, Wild Yam


  • Black Mustard, Cayenne, Ragwort, Wintergreen


  • Black Cohosh, Chaste Tree, False Unicorn Root, Golden Seal, St John’s Wort
  • Beth Root, Life Root

Menstruation (delayed)

  • Blue Cohosh, Chaste Tree, False Unicorn Root, Life Root, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Rue, Tansy, Southernwood, Wormwood
  • Marigold, Motherwort, Mugwort, Thuja, Yarrow

Menstruation (excessive)

  • American Cranesbill, Beth Root, Periwinkle
  • Golden Seal, Lady’s Mantle

Menstruation (painful)

  • Black Cohosh, Black Haw, Cramp Bark, Jamaican Dogwood, Pasque Flower, St John’s Wort, Skullcap, Valerian, Wild Lettuce
  • Blue Cohosh, Butterbur, Caraway, Chaste Tree, False Unicorn Root, Marigold, Squaw Vine, Wild Yam


  • American Cranesbill, Beth Root, Golden Seal, Periwinkle
  • Lady’s Mantle


  • Feverfew
  • Jamaican Dogwood, Kola, Mistletoe, Peppermint, Skullcap, Wormwood

Milk Stimulation (breast)

  • Goat’s Rue, Milk Thistle
  • Borage Caraway, Dill, Fennel, Fenugreek

Miscarriage (threatened)

  • Blue Cohosh, False Unicorn Root
  • Black Haw, Cramp Bark

Mouth Ulcers

  • Myrrh, Red Sage
  • Bistort, Chamomile, Lady’s Mantle, Oak


  • Black Horehound, Chamomile, Meadowsweet, Peppermint
  • Avens, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Galangal, Marsh Mallow


  • Betony, Black Cohosh, Jamaican Dogwood, Mistletoe, Passion Flower, St John’s Wort, Skullcap, Valerian
  • Hops, Pasque Flower, Rosemary


  • Lady’s Mantle, Witch Hazel
  • Marigold, Tormentil

Ovarian Pain

  • Jamaican Dogwood, Pasque Flower, Valerian
  • Passion Flower, St John’s Wort, Skullcap, Wild Yam


  • Black Cohosh, Black Willow, Jamaican Dogwood, Valerian, Wild Lettuce
  • Cramp Bark, Guaiacum, Hops, Rosemary, Skullcap


  • Motherwort
  • Skullcap, Valerian


  • Hawthorn, Horsechestnut
  • Lime Blossom, Mistletoe

Pregnancy Tonic

  • Raspberry Leaves
  • Squaw Vine

Pregnancy (vomiting)

  • Black Horehound, False Unicorn Root, Meadowsweet
  • Blue Cohosh, Peppermint

Pre-Menstrual Tension

  • Chaste Tree, Skullcap, Valerian
  • Lime Blossom, Pasque Flower


  • Damiana, Horsetail, Hydrangea, Saw Palmetto
  • Corn Silk, Couchgrass, Sea Holly


  • Blue Flag, Burdock, Cleavers, Figwort, Mountain Grape, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Yellow Dock
  • Balm of Gilead, Chickweed, Flax Seed, Sassafras, Thuja


  • Angelica, Black Cohosh, Bogbean, Celery Seed, Guaiacum, Meadowsweet, Prickly Ash, White Poplar, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam, Wintergreen, Yarrow
  • Arnica, Bittersweet, Black Mustard, Blue Cohosh, Burdock, Cayenne, Couchgrass, Daisy, Dandelion, Elder, Fennel, Gravel Root, Horseradish, Horsetail, Juniper, Poke Root, Ragwort, Red Cedar, St John’s Wort, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Scots Pine, Silver Birch, Thuja, Wild Carrot


  • Black Cohosh, Jamaican Dogwood, St John’s Wort
  • Yarrow


  • Jamaican Dogwood, Mistletoe, Passion Flower, St John’s Wort
  • Flax Seed, Hops, Skullcap, Valerian, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam


  • Elder, Eyebright, Garlic, Golden Rod, Golden Seal, Poke Root, Scots Pine, Wild Indigo
  • Chamomile, Myrrh, Peppermint, Thyme, Yarrow

Sore Throat

  • Balm of Gilead, Echinacea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Mulberry, Oak
  • Agrimony, Bayberry, Cayenne, Chamomile, Ginger, Golden Rod, Marsh Mallow, Myrrh, Poke Root, Silverweed, Thyme


  • Blue Flag, Cleavers, Echinacea, Figwort, Garlic, Poke Root


  • Damiana, Lime Blossom, Mistletoe, St John’s Wort, Skullcap
  • Balm, Betony, Borage, Chamomile, Cowslip, Hops, Oats, Pasque Flower, Passion Flower, Valerian, Wild Lettuce, Wormwood


  • Aloe, Marigold
  • Eyebright, St John’s Wort


  • Betony, Cowslip, Jamaican Dogwood, Lime Blossom, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Pasque Flower, Passion Flower, St John’s Wort, Skullcap, Valerian, Vervain, Wild Lettuce
  • Balm, Californian Poppy, Damiana, Hops, Peppermint


  • Black Cohosh, Golden Seal
  • Golden Rod, Ground Ivy


  • Cleavers, Echinacea, Garlic, Golden Seal, Myrrh, Poke Root, Red Sage
  • Thyme, Wild Indigo


  • Cloves

Travel Sickness


Ulcers (peptic)

  • American Cranesbill, Comfrey, Marsh Mallow, Meadowsweet, Slippery Elm
  • Calamus, Golden Seal, Irish Moss, Licorice, Mallow

Ulcers (skin)

  • Chickweed, Comfrey, Golden Seal, Marigold
  • Echinacea, Marsh Mallow

Varicose Ulcers

  • Golden Seal, Horsechestnut, Marigold
  • Comfrey, Marsh Mallow

Varicose Veins

  • Horsechestnut
  • Hawthorn, Lime Blossom, St John’s Wort, Witch Hazel


  • Black Horehound, Meadowsweet
  • Cinnamon, Cloves, Comfrey, False Unicorn Root, Iceland Moss, Peppermint, Rosemary


  • Greater Celandine
  • Thuja

Water Retention

  • Bearberry, Broom, Buchu, Dandelion, Gravel Root, Juniper Berries, Pellitory of the Wall, Red Cedar, Wild Carrot
  • Burr-Marigold, Carline Thistle, Celery Seed, Corn Silk, Horsetail, Parsley, Sea Holly, Silver Birch Stone Root, Yarrow

Whooping Cough

  • Coltsfoot, Grindelia, Lobelia, Mouse Ear
  • Black Cohosh, Ephedra, Garlic, Mullein, Pansy, Red Clover, Sundew, Wild Cherry


  • Cucumber, Garlic, Kousso, Male Fern, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Quassia, Santonica, Tansy, Wormwood


  • Chickweed, Comfrey, Elder, Golden Seal, Marigold, Greater Plantain, St John’s Wort, Self-Heal, Woundwort
  • Carline Thistle, Chamomile, Fenugreek, Garlic, Horsetail, Lady’s Mantle, Marsh Mallow, Mouse Ear, Red Sage, Tormentil

Source: The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

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