Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Notable Herbs in Human Welfare, Chapter XV, Part – 14



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Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Common names are German valerian, English valerian, great wild valerian, vermon valerian, all heal, vandal root, set wall and American English valerian.

The plant is maximum up to five feet tall, the roots are used to prepare one of the best sedatives to be obtained from herbal sources. It is one of the best herb to use as home remedies but in small quantity.
Valerian contains a brown-yellow oil that contains valerianic, formic and acetic acids. The root contains two alkaloids-chatarine and valerianine-plus a glucoside and resin.

Valerian is a stimulant, tonic, anodyne, antispasmodic and nervine. It is a very good nerve tonic. When taken hot it will help promote menstruation. For children it is excellent for measles, scarlet fever and restlessness. It is also helpful for relieving colic, breaking up colds, lowering fevers and relieving gravel in the bladder. It is healing to an ulcerated stomach. Valerian tea can be used externally for sores and pimples as well as taken internally.

Note: Large doses of valerian, repeated too often, produce pain in the head, heaviness and stupor. One should not drive or fly after drinking a cup of it because it dulls the senses.

White Oak Bark (Querous alba)

Its other common name is tanner’s bark.

White oak bark is an astringent, tonic and antiseptic. Its tea is excellent for various problems of the womb. The herb will also expel pin worms. And it is used as an enema for piles, haemorrhoids and problems in the rectum. It will stop haemorrhages in the lungs, stomach and bowels, as well as bleeding at the mouth. It increases urination and removes gallstones and kidney stones. It is use useful in lowering fevers and helpful for an ulcerated bladder or bloody urine.

It may be taken internally and rubbed externally for varicose veins.

Yellow Dock (Rumex crispus)

Its common names are garden patience, narrow dock, curled dock, sour dock and rumex.

It is bitter and cool, the part used is root.

Rumicin is the active ingredient. The root contains chrysarobin. Yellow dock is also one of the best forms of natural iron available, containing approximately 40 per cent iron.

It is used to treat skin diseases, liver disorders and iron deficiency, & anaemia.

Yellow dock is a chloagogue, tonic and astringent. It is used as a laxative and blood purifier. It is useful for eruptive diseases and skin problems. The ointment is good for itching, swelling, sores and scabby eruptions. Hot tea is used for glandular tumours and swelling. The herb also relieves congested liver conditions. It combines well with sarsaparilla as a tea for chronic skin problems.

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