What is a materia medica? A materia medica is a guide to the medicinal/healing properties of herbs. Think of these as a resume for each herb. The format usually looks something like this:
Common Name Latin Name Description (taste, smell, appearance) Tendencies (energetics - warming, cooling, toning, drying, ect) Actions (the system on which the plant acts on specific receptors and how the body reacts as a result of the stimulation)
Angelica Angelica archangelica, Apiaceae Taste/smell: Bitter, sweet, aromatic Tendencies: Warming, stimulating, grounding Actions: A rare warming bitter (most are cooling), carminative, stomachic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic. Traditionally used for colic with gas and eructations (burps); stimulates gastric and pancreatic secretions; used as an expectorant, emmenagogue, and diuretic (in digestive liquors Benedictine and Chartreuse)
Artichoke Leaf Cynara scolymus, Asteraceae Taste/smell: Very bitter, sharp Tendencies: Cooling, drying Actions: Antioxidant, cholagogue (helps bile flow; we need bile to digest fat), diuretic, hepatoprotective, lipid-lowering; specific for upper digestive statis; indicated for difficulty digesting fat, bloating, flatulence, constipation, bile insufficiency, IBS, and hyperlipidemia (high blood lipid levels), bad breath
Betony Stachys officinalis, Lamiaceae Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, slightly sweet, aromatic Tendencies: Warming, drying, astringent, relaxing Actions: Specific for GERD, digestive bitter, toning (tonic) to digestive system, strengthening to the Solar Plexus (where our gut instincts and intuitive faculties reside), headache remedy (particularly from tension, over-thinking, stress), expectorant, styptic, nervine
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