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American Ginseng Panax quinquelelium Root Glycosides (Ginsenosides) Adaptogen Increases mental and physical efficiency, adjusts the body's response to stress
Ashwagandha Withania somnifera Root Withanolids Adaptogen/ Energy Adaptogen, adjusts the body's response to stress
Astragalus Astragalus membranaceus Root 4-Hydroxy- 3-methoxyisoflavone 7-sug, isoflavones, saponins Cold and Flu Immunomodulator, enhances the immune system, restores peripheral circulation
Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus Fruit Anthocyanosides, flavonoids Eye care Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, eye disorders, vascular disorders, stabilizes collagen
Boswellia Serata Boswellia serrata Gum Triterpene acids (Boswellic acids) Arthritis/ Sports injuries Anti-inflammatory, sedative, analgesic prooperties
Butcher's Broom Ruscus aculeatus L. Rhizome Ruscoginins Arthritis/ Sports injuries Anti-inflammatory produces vasoconstriction
Cascara Sagrada Rhamnus purshiana Bark Hydroxyanthracene derivaties Laxative Cathartic, increses intestinal
Chamomile Matricaria recutita Flower Flavonoids (Apigenin), essential oils Relaxation/ Sleep Carminative, anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, cleans wounds
Chasteberry Vitex agnus castus Fruit Indoid glycosides (agnuside, aucubin) PMS/ Menopause Inhibits prolactin secretion, restores normal menstrual cycle
Echinacea Echinacea angustifolia Root and rhizome Echinacosides Cold and flu/ Ear infections Immunosimilant, increases phagocytosis, anti-viral
Feverfew Tanacetum parthenium Leaf Sesquiterpene lactones (parthenolide) Migraine headache Anti-inflammatory, reduces the frequency and severity of migraine headaches
Ginger Zingiver officanale Rhizome Volatile Oil Motion Sickness Carminative, nausea, motion sickness, stomach ache
Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis Root and rhizome Alkoloids (hydrastine) Cold and Flu Astringent, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, helps peptic ulcers and inflammation of digestive system
Green Tea Camellia sinensis Leaf Catechins (polyphenols) Cancer Antioxidant (for cancer), prevents plaque buildup
Gymnema Sylvestre Gymnema sylvestre Leaf Gymnemic acids Sugar Craving/ Dieting Insulin secretion stimulant, helps urinary disorders
Hawthorne Crategus oxyacantha Berry Vitexin Heart Cardiotonic, dealates blood vessels, increases enzyme metabolism in heart muscle
Hops Humulus lupulus Fruit Bitter acids, volatile oil Sleep aid Sedative, antimicrobial, relieves pain, treats digestive tract disorders involving spasms of the smooth muscle
Kava Kava Piper methysticum Root Kavalactones Stress Relaxant, sleep aid, headaches
Korean Ginseng Panax ginseng Root Glycosides (ginsenosides) Energy Adaptogen, anti-fatigue, restores vigor, increases resistance to infection
Milk Thistle Silybum marianum Seed Silymarin Liver detox Antihepatotoxic, protects the liver against a variety of toxins
Passion Flower Passiflora incarnata Flower Isovitexin Relaxant Sedative, prolongs sleeping time, raises pain threshold, diminishes anxiety
Saw Palmetto Sersnoa repens Berry Free fatty acids Prostate disorders Anti-inflammatory, antiandrogenic
St. John's Wort Hypericum perforatum Flower Glycosides (hypericia) Depression Antidepressant, treats nervous unrest and sleep disturbances
Turmeric Curcuma tonga Rhizome Curcumin Arthritis Anti-inflammatory, helps indigestion, gallbladder or liver disease, obesity, arthritis
Valerian Valeriana officinalis Root Valerenic acid Sleep aid Sedative, effective treatment for restlessness and sleep disturbances