American Ginseng

Plant Part Used Root. Introduction Native Americans have traditionally used American ginseng as a general tonic to help restore the health of the weak and wounded, as well as to help the mind. Today, along with the other forms of ginseng, American ginseng has become very popular as a natural preventative and restorative remedy. Scientists […]


Plant Part Used Whole plant (excluding root) Introduction Phyllanthus has a long tradition of use in the Hindu Ayurvedic system of medicine and it has long been used as a medicinal agent in cultures around the world. It is usually found in central and southern India, where it can grow from one to two feet […]


Plant Part Used Fruit juice. Introduction Noni is found in many parts of the tropics, including the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India, and the Philippines. Noni fruit was used by the ancient Hawaiians, and it is still used by the local population in Hawaii for diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and other chronic disorders. In […]


Plant Part Used Bark, cortex Introduction   Editor’s Note:While the science behind this dietary supplement is lacking, many individuals are using it. For this reason, Intramedicine has provided this monograph using the information that is currently available. As more science and research is provided, this monograph will be updated to include that material. For thousands […]


Plant Part Used Root/Rhizome. Introduction Goldenseal has a long history of use in the United States as a medicinal herb. It was initially used by Native Americans and gained popularity with the eclectic medical movement from the 1850s to the 1940s. It has been used for gastrointestinal disturbances, as an anti-infective, to stimulate the function […]


Plant Part Used Vine Introduction Passionflower, or maypop, is a common roadside vine in many areas of the United States. Several possible medical benefits make this common plant useful as a sedative, antispasmodic, and mild pain reliever. Interactions and Depletions Interactions Barbiturates Anti-anxiety medications Antidepressants OTC products causing drowsiness Alcoholic beverages Anticoagulant medications Dosage Info […]

Devil’s Claw

Plant Part Used Tubers Introduction Devil’s claw has a number of traditional uses, including the support of a healthy liver and kidneys. Most recent research has focused on its anti-inflammatory properties, which may have applications for arthritis sufferers. A standardized extract of devil’s claw is derived from the tubers of the plant. Interactions and Depletions […]

Gotu Kola

Plant Part Used Leaf/whole plant. Introduction Gotu kola is a tropical plant native to India and Indonesia. Gotu kola does not contain any caffeine and is not related to kola nut. Traditionally gotu kola is used to enhance wound healing, increase energy, and sexual potency. It is reported to have a positive effect on tissues, […]


Plant Part Used Leaf Introduction Peppermint is a widely used herb for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Peppermint tea has long been used in treating children’s digestive problems such as colic, flatulence, and upset stomach. The oil of peppermint is used routinely in Europe to treat a variety of digestive complaints. Dosage Info Dosage Range […]

Dong Quai

Plant Part Used Root Introduction Dong quai is revered as one of the most important remedies in Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries for a variety of female complaints and is considered a tonic for women who are tired, recovering from illness, or have low vitality. It has also been used in the […]