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Antispasmodic: prevents or relaxes muscle spasms; applied internally or externally.
Alterative: also known as blood purifiers, helps to restore normal health, cleanses and purifies the blood, gradually restores normal bodily functions. Assist the body to assimilate nutrients and eliminate the waste products of metabolism.
Aperient: a mild and gentle acting laxative
Astringent: A substance that causes the tissues to contract a stem the flow of blood, mucous and fluid from the body. Used to check hemorrhages and secretions.
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Calmative: An agent that has a mild sedative or tranquillizing effect.
Carminative: A soothing action on the body's systems, expels gas from the bowels, stomach and intestines; helps to overcome colic and flatulence and griping (severe pains in the bowel).
Cholagogue increases the flow of bile from the gall bladder
Choleretic stimulates the liver to produce more bile

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Diuretic: increases the flow of urine; used to treat water retention, obesity, lymphatic swellings, nerve inflammations such as lumbago and sciatica; infections of the urinary tract, skin eruptions and kidney stones.
Diaphoretic: used to promote sweating to eliminate waste products through the skin.
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Emmenegogue: promotes and regulates menstruation, can increase flow and cause it to occur earlier.
Expectorant: assist in the expelling of mucus from the lungs and throat.

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Galactagogue: promotes and increases secretion of milk.

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Spagyric wholistic process of preparing herbal tinctures whereby they still contain the three essentials of body, soul and spirit
Stomachic: promotes apetite, stimulates gastric secretion and digestion, strengthens and tones the stomach .
Stimulant: increases the energy of the body, strengthens metabolism and body circulation, breaks up obstructions and increases internal body heat; and does it quickly, unlike a tonic which stimulates general health over a period of time.
Styptic: An agent that contracts tissues and stops bleeding. It is usually an Astringent which shrinks the tissues, thus closing exposed blood vessels.

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Tonic: promotes the functions of the system of the body. Most tonics have general effects on the whole body.

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Vulnerary: encourage the healing of wounds by promoting cell growth and repair

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