Glossary of Terminology


A localized collection of pus and liquefied tissue in a cavity

To take in as through pores; to neutralize an acid.

Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria, also called “friendly colonic flora.”

An agent that increases resistance to stress.

A hormone secreted by the adrenal glands that produces the “fight or flight” response. Also called epinephrine.

Attachment of a substance to the surface of another material.

Highly active plant constituent containing nitrogen atoms.

Cleansing, stimulating efficient removal of waste products, chemistry.

Absence or suppression of menstruation.

A group of nitrogen-containing chemical compounds that form the basic structural units of proteins.

Relieves pain.

Subdues sexual desire.

Hormones that stimulate male characteristics.

Deadens sensation and reduces pain.

Reduces pain.

Opposes action of other medicines.

See parasiticide.

An agent that neutralizes acidity, especially in the stomach and duodenum.

Destroys or stops the growth of bacterial infections.

Reduces biliary or jaundice condition.

Destroys or inhibits the growth of micro-organisms.

Eliminates mucus conditions.

Relieves symptoms of depression.

A substance that neutralizes or counteracts the effects of a poison.

Lessens nausea and prevents or relieves vomiting.

Destroying or preventing the growth of fungi.

Prevents or decreases secretion of milk.

Stops bleeding and hemorrhaging.

Neutralizes the effects of histamine in an allergic response.

Counteracting or diminishing inflammation or its effects.

Agent that prevents or relieves calculi (stones).

Destroys or prevents the growth of micro-organisms.

Preventing the development, growth or proliferation of malignant cells.

An agent that prevents free radical or oxidative damage to body tissue and cells.

Preventing regular recurrences of a disease or symptoms, as in malaria.

An agent reducing inflammation.

Agent that reduces fever.

Agent that prevents or relieves rheumatism.

Cures, prevents or relieves scurvy.

An agent that combats and neutralizes pathogenic bacteria, and prevents infection.

Agent that prevents or relieves spasms.

Agent that cures or relieves syphilis or venereal diseases.

Prevents blood clots.

Neutralizes a poison from the system.

Inhibits the cough reflex, helping to stop coughing.

Opposing the action of a virus.

Mild laxative without purging.

Herb that stimulates the appetite.

An agent that stimulates sexual desire.

An agent that contains volatile, essential oils which aids digestion and relieves gas.

An agent that has a constricting or binding effect, i.e. one that checks hemorrhages or secretions by coagulation of proteins on a soft surface.

A process in which fatty substances (cholesterol and triglycerides) are deposited in the walls of medium to large arteries, eventually leading to blockage of the artery.

Without normal tension or tone.

A traditional system of Indian medicine, which literally means “a science of life.”

Destroys bacteria.

The breakdown product of the hemoglobin molecule of red blood cells.

Stimulates secretions of digestive enzymes and encourages appetite.

An agent that cleanses the blood.

An agent that cleanses the blood as well as enhancing the blood by increasing the nutrient value.

The protein-digesting enzyme found in pineapple.

Gently calms nerves.

Yeast-like fungi.

The fungus responsible for monilial infections, such as thrush, vaginitis and sometimes systemic infection.

Heart tonic or restorative.

Relieves intestinal gas pain and distension; promotes peristalsis.

Painful infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues with production and discharge of pus and dead tissue, similar to a boil (faruncle) but more severe and with a multiple sinus formation; usually caused by staphylococcus aureus.

Another name for poultice.

Inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the nose and throat, with a discharge.

A strong laxative which causes rapid evacuation.

Enhances the formation of new tissue to speed the healing process.

Stimulates bile flow from the gall bladder and bile ducts into the duodenum.

Designating a disease showing little change or of slow progression; opposite of acute.

To drive away bugs, neutralize rattlesnake bites, scorpion stings.

Spasmodic pain affecting smooth muscle, such as the intestines, gall bladder, or urinary tract.

Inflammation of the colon.

Improves the flavor of food.

The period of recovery after the termination of a disease or an operation.

Causing irritation in one part in order to relieve pain in another part.

An abnormal lump or swelling, filled with fluid or semi-solid cheesy material, in any body organ or tissue.

Inflammation of the inner lining of the bladder. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection.

Weakness of tonicity in functions or organs of the body.

Senility; loss of mental function.

Softens and soothes damaged or inflamed surfaces, such as the gastric mucous membranes.

Removes body obstructions.

Cleans or purifies blood by promoting eliminative functions.

Inflammation of the skin evidenced by itching, redness, and various skin lesions, sometimes due to allergies.

Cleansing to wounds, ulcers or skin itself.

Causes perspiration and increases elimination through the skin.

Aids digestion, usually by providing enzymes from various sources.

An agent that causes the dispersal of a tumor or any pathologic accumulation.

Destroys the cause of infection.

Increases the secretion and flow of urine.

Pathological sac-like out pouchings of the wall of the colon.

Theory that the appearance of a plant indicates its inherent properties.

A very active cathartic which produces violent peristalsis.

Generalized edema in cellular tissue or in a body cavity.

Painful or difficult menstruation.

Imperfect or painful indigestion; not a disease in itself, but symptomatic of other diseases or disorders.

Sense of difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease.

Accumulation of fluid in tissues (swelling).

A substance that causes vomiting.

A substance that facilitates and regularizes menstrual flow. (Avoid during pregnancy)

Softens and soothes inflamed tissue; softens and protects the skin.

To deprive of strength, vigor, etc.; to weaken physically and mentally.

Inflammation of the small intestine.

The virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and is associated with Burkitt’s lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer.

Hormone that exerts female characteristics.

Encourages the loosening and removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract.

Another name for a boil that involves a hair follicle.

See anti-pyretic.

An abnormal passage between two internal organs, or from an organ to the surface of the body.

Agent that promotes the flow of milk.

Inflammation of the stomach and intestinal tract.

A genus of flagellate protozoa some of which are parasitic in the intestinal tract of man and domestic animal; transmitted by ingestion of cysts in fecally contaminated water and food; interfere with the adsorption of fats; boiling water inactivates them.

Inflammation of the gums.

A condition in which the pressure of the fluid in the eye is so high that it causes damage.

Blood in the urine.

A substance which destroys red blood cells.

Distended veins in the lining of the anus.

Herbs that stop bleeding.

Herbs that support and stimulate the liver, gall bladder and spleen, and increase the flow of bile.

Displacement of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm.

Equilibrium of internal environment.

Promotes watery evacuation of the bowels.

An abnormal concentration of sugar in the blood.

Used to increase blood pressure.

Used to reduce blood pressure.

Literally, “physician induced.” This term can be applied to any medical condition, disease, or other adverse occurrence that results from medical treatment.

Enhances and increases the body’s immune (defense) mechanism.

The inability to control urination or defecation.

Sluggish; causing little or no pain.

A potent immune-enhancing substance that is produced by the body’s cells to fight off viral infection and cancer.

Induces a local inflammation.

A condition caused by elevation of bilirubin in the body and characterized by a yellowing of the skin.

A substance that stimulates bowel movements.

A feeling of tiredness, drowsiness, or lack of energy.

An agent that dissolves urinary calculi (stones).

Fluid contained in lymphatic vessels, which flows through the lymphatic system to be returned to the blood.

Impaired absorption of nutrients most often a result of diarrhea.

Excessive loss of blood during menstrual periods.

A collective term for all of the chemical processes that take place in the body.

Lake clays used in nutrition as a source of trace minerals.

Complex sugar molecules that are soft and slippery and protect mucous membranes and inflamed tissues.

The slick, slimy fluid secreted by the mucous membranes. Mucus acts as a lubricant and mechanical protector of the mucous membranes.

A white fatty substance that surrounds nerve cells to aid in nerve impulse transmissions.

Causes stupor and numbness.

Produces vomiting.

Inflammation of the kidney; the glomeruli, tubules and interstitial tissue may be affected.

Strengthens functional activity of nervous system; may be stimulant or sedative.

Pain along a nerve.

Pertaining to the process of assimilating food. having the property of nourishing.

Agent that stimulates contractions accelerating childbirth.

An agent that kills parasites and worms.

A chronic nervous disease. A slowly progressive, degenerating nervous system disease characterized by resting tremor, pill rolling of the fingers, a mask-like facial expression, shuffling gait, and muscle rigidity and weakness.

Stimulates uterine contractions which induce and assist labor.

Healing to problems in the bronchio-pulmonary area.

The alternate contraction and relaxation of the walls of a tubular structure by means of which its contents are moved onward, characteristic of the intestinal tract, ureter, etc.; a milking action.

Thick mucus especially from the respiratory tract.

Starts a chain reaction which accelerates growth.

Any agent or regimen that contributes to the prevention of infection and disease.

Hormone-like substance that has a wide range of functions including acting as chemical messenger and causing uterine contractions.

Penetrating or sharp to the taste.

Causes watery evacuation of intestinal contents.

Decomposition of organic matter, especially proteins, by the action of bacteria, resulting in the formation of foul-smelling compounds.

Stimulates blood flow to the skin, causing local reddening.

Agent that produces coolness or reduces fever.

Relaxes nerves and muscles; relieves tension.

That which reduces inflammation or swelling.

An agent that is effective in the regaining of health and strength; restores normal physiological activity.

Active plant constituents, producing a lather in water.

Tuberculosis inflammation of lymph notes of the neck in children.

Quieting, an agent that exerts a soothing or tranquilizing effect; sedatives may be general, local, nervous or vascular.

An agent that stimulates the secretion of saliva.

Inducing sleep.

Increases internal heat, dispels internal chill and strengthens metabolism and circulation.

Strengthens stomach function.

Contracting a blood vessel; stopping a hemorrhage by astringent action.

Causing perspiration; see Diaphoretic.

The simultaneous action of two or more substances whose combined effect is greater than the sum of each working alone.

Relating to or affecting the entire body.

Agent that expels tapeworms.

Active plant constituents that combined with proteins; stringent.

Any of several ribbon-like worms that infest the intestines of invertebrates, including man.

Restoring, nourishing and supporting for the entire body; a substance that exerts a gentle strengthening effect on the body.

A poisonous substance of animal or plant origin.

Toxic condition associated with renal insufficiency produced by the retention in the blood of nitrogenous substances normally excreted by the kidney.

An agent that narrows blood-vessel openings, restricting the flow of blood through them.

Causes relaxation of blood vessels.

Expels or repels intestinal worms.

Assists in healing of wounds by protecting against infection and stimulating cell growth.

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