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

HERBAL GLOSSARY OF TERMS
An A to Z Glossary of Terms Commonly Used in Herbal Medicine

T - Z

Tablet: A compressed, measured amount of a substance.
Tincture:

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

Tonic:

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.

 

 

Thymoleptic:

Used as an energiser on the mental/emotional level.

 

 

Vermicide/Vermifuge:

These herbs kill intestinal worms (see anthelmintic).

 

An example is kiremarnewali.

 

 

Vesicant:

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

 

Vulnerary:

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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