Yerba Santa

Yerba Santa

source : pixabay BASIC INFORMATION Biological name (genus and species): Eriodictyon californicum Parts used for medicinal purposes: Leaves Chemicals this herb contains: Formic acid Pentatriacontane eriodicytyol Resin Tannic acid Tannins KNOWN EFFECTS Masks taste of bitter medicines. Decreases thickness and increases fluidity of mucus from lungs and bronchial tubes. Interferes with absorption of iron and…

Yohimbe

Yohimbe

source : pixabay BASIC INFORMATION Biological name (genus and species): Corynanthe yohimbe Parts used for medicinal purposes: Bark Chemical this herb contains: Yohimbine, also called quebrachine, aphrodine OR corynine KNOWN EFFECTS Blocks responses of parts of autonomic nervous system. Increases blood pressure. Acts as a local anesthetic. Inhibits monamine oxidase and may cause alarming blood-pressure…

Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Insufficient intake or absorption of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin. This deficiency is rare in the U.S. and is usually due to failure of the intestine to absorb enough of the vitamin. Synthetic vitamin A compounds (retinoids) are being used for some skin conditions such as acne. BODY PARTS…

Vitamin B Deficiencies

Vitamin B Deficiencies

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Diseases caused by inadequate or absent B vitamins: B-1 (thiamine); B-2, (riboflavin); niacin; B-6 (pyridoxine); B-12 (cyanocobalamin). Vitamins are organic chemicals that occur in many natural foods. They are necessary for normal body function. B vitamins are water soluble and excess amounts cannot be stored by the body. BODY…

Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C Deficiency

source : pixabay General Information DEFINITION – Illness caused by an inadequate intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for the body to manufacture collagen, connective tissue that helps form healthy bones, teeth and capillaries, and it promotes wound healing. BODY PARTS INVOLVED – Bones; teeth; gums; capillaries. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED – Both sexes; all…