An A to Z Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Herbal Medicine - T - Z

An A to Z Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Herbal Medicine

T - Z

Tablet: A compressed, measured amount of a substance.

A solution of the active principal of a herb in alcohol.


These herbs restore and strengthen the entire system. They work holistically. They produce and restore normal tone. A general tonic would be one that "braces up" the whole system.


Examples include aloe, bala, barberry, chirayata, guduchi, katuka, gentian, goldenseal.



Tonic (nutritive):

Practitioners prescribe these herbs to permanently increase the tone of a part of the body or the entire system, by nourishing and increasing weight.


Examples include amataki, ashwagandha, cane sugar, coconut, coriander, dates.



Tonics, Rejuvenative:

These are used to regenerate cells and tissues; promotes longevity.


Examples include ashwagandha, guggul, haritaki, calamus, aloe, amalaki, gotu kola, saffron and guggul.




Used as an energiser on the mental/emotional level.




These herbs kill intestinal worms (see anthelmintic).


An example is kiremarnewali.




An agent that causes vesicles or blistering, such as poison ivy.



Practitioners use these herbs to treat fresh cuts and wounds. Vulnerarys are usually used as a poultice.


Examples include marshmallow, aloe, comfrey, honey, licorice, turmeric and slippery elm.



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