Glossary of Terms


Vermifugal

– Prevents, destroys or expels worms.

Antibiotic

– Inhibits the growth of or destroys bacteria

Diaphoretic

– Produces or increases perspiration

Expectorant

– Promotes the discharge of fluid from the respiratory tract

Hypotensive agent

– Reduces blood pressure

Antifugal

– Limits or prevents the growth of yeasts and other fungal organisms

Antihistaminic

– Helps to prevent the symptoms of an allergic reaction

Hypocholesterolaemic

- Helps to control the level of cholesterol in the blood

Antiparasitic

– Destructive to parasites

Carminative

– Induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines

Antiseptic and antifungal agent

–Inhibits the growth of infectious agents and fungi

Antispasmodic

– Prevents and relieves muscle spasms

Tonic

– Restores or increases body tone

Appetite Stimulant

– Increases appetite

Vermifuge

– Destructive to parasitic worms

Vermicidal

– Specifically, destructive to parasitic intestinal worms.

Anthelmintic

– Destroys and prevents the development of parasitic Worms

Antiinflammatory

– Relieves swelling, pain and other symptoms of inflammation

Diuretic

– Promotes the formation and excretion of urine

Lactogenic agent

– Promotes milk secretion

Pulmonary relaxant

– Eases the circulation of blood from the heart to the lungs

Mild Laxative

– Stimulates evacuation of the bowels

Nutritive

– Provides nourishment

Demulcent

– A soothing agent

Emollient

– Softening or soothing, esp. to the skin.

Antitussive

– Alleviates or suppresses coughing

Hepatic

– For use in treating diseases of the liver

Antimicrobial

– Destroys or inhibits the growth of microorganisms

Alterative

– Restore to normal health

Astringent

– Draws together or constricts tissues

Haemostatic

– Slowing down or stopping bleeding.

Increases lactation

– The secretion and production of milk

Antiarthritic

– Relieves symptoms of arthritis

Antidiabetic

– Prevents or relieves symptoms of diabetes

Lymphatic alternative

– Aids the transport of fluids throughout the body

Detoxifier

– Removes poisons

Stimulant

– Increases physiological activity

Peripheral circulatory agent

– Eases the flow of blood around the outer border of the body

Analgesic

– Relieves or allays pain

Adaptogen

– Prevents and relieves stress

Hypoglycemic

– Lowers the concentration of glucose in the blood

Relaxing nervine

– Soothes nerves

Antidepressant

– Alleviates depression

Rubefacient

– Causes redness

Emmenagogue

– Increases menstrual flow

Anti-tumour

– Prevents or inhibits the formation or growth of tumours