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Glossary of Medicinal Terms

There are no plants in blossom on December 9th.
The earliest date currently listed is Mar 15, and the latest date is Nov 11
Terms:
Alterative
A medicinal substance that gradually restores health (f/d)
Antiscorbutic
An agent effective against scurvy (f/d)
Antiperiodic
Arrests morbid periodic movements (h)
Antispasmodic
Preventing or relieving spasms or cramps (f/d)
Aperient
Gently laxative without purging (h)
Cathartic
A powerful purgative or laxative, causing severe evacuation, with or without pain (f/d)
Demulcent
An agent that is locally soothing and softening (f/d)
Deobstruent
Removes obstruction (h)
Diaphoretic
An agent that induces sweating (f/d)
Diuretic
An agent that induces urination (f/d)
Emetic
An agent that induces vomiting (f/d)
Expectorant
An agent that induces the removal (coughing-up) of mucous secretions from the lungs (f/d)
Nervine
An agent that affects, strengthens, or calms the nerves (f/d)
Purgative
An agent that causes cleansing or watery evacuation of the bowels, usually with griping (painful cramps) (f/d)
Sialogogue
Increases the secretion of saliva (h)
Spasmolytic
Checking spasms or cramps (f/d)
Sudorific
Inducing sweating (c)
Stimulant
An agent that causes increased activity of another agent, cell, tissue, organ, or organism (f/d)
Tonic
An ambiguous term referring to a substance thought to have an overall positive medicinal effect of an unspecified nature (f/d)
Vulnerary
An agent used for healing wounds (f/d)

Treatments:
Clysters
Enema or injection (c)

Conditions:
Erysipelas
Inflammation and redness of skin
Gravel
Sand-like deposit in urine (c)
Scrofula
Constitutional condition with glandular swellings and tendency to tuberculosis (c)

Sources:
(f/d)
Peterson Field Guides, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants,
Steven Foster / James A. Duke, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston 1990
(h)
Indian Herbalogy of North America, Alma R. Hutchens,
Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston 1973
(c)
Culpepers Color Herbal, ed. David Potterson,
Sterling Publishing Co., New York 1983
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