The following is excerpted from The Professional's Herbal Formula Handbook No. 21, comprising 128 pages of traditional information and recent scientific data that describes the medical properties, physiological action and therapeutic uses for each of the 24 ingredients outlined in this formula.
Adaptogenic, alterative, anabolic, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-diarrheal, anti-dyscratic, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic, astringent, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), cytophylactic, cytotoxic, depurative, detoxicant, disinfectant, diuretic, microbicidal (anti-microbial), rejuvenative, restorative, sialagogue, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic and viricidal (anti-viral).
Alleviates any general fluids dyscrasia (abnormal or pathological condition) throughout the entire gastro-intestinal tract accompanied by intense abdominal pain, cramping sensations, tenesmus (painful straining of stool), irritation, bloody stools, and various inflammatory conditions associated with the onset of various forms of dysentery (including amebic [intestinal amebiasis or amebic colitis], bacillary [due to Shigella spp.], catarrhal, chronic, flagellate or giardiasis [due to Giardia lamblia or Trichomonas], protozoal [amebic and balantidial], scorbutic [accompanied by scurvy], spirillar and viral) or diarrhea (such as cachectic, catarrhal, choleraic [acute diarrhea with serous stools and accompanied by circulatory collapse], chronic bacillary [Johne's disease], chylosa [a discharge consisting of a yellowish-white, mucopurulent substance that resembles chyle], colliquative [profuse diarrhea that produces a state of dehydration], dysenteric [accompanied by mucus and bloody stools], enteral [due to infectious conditions throughout the gastro-intestinal tract], fermentative [caused by fermentation, due to the presence of microcorganisms], gastrogenic [due to gastric disorders], infantile or summer [acute diarrhea in children during the great heat of summer], inflammatory [due to bacterial action], irritative [caused by blood, nerve or intestinal irritants in the form of toxins or poisons, purgatives, uremia or septicemia, or improper food combinations], lienteric [fluid stools containing undigested food], mechanical [due to mechanical obstruction to the portal circulation, producing gastro-intestinal hyperemia], morning, mucous [the presence of mucus in the stools], osmotic [the presence of osmotically-active nonabsorbable solutes in the intestines, such as magnesium sulfate], pancreatic [accompanies parenchymatous degeneration or cystic disease of the pancreas], pancreatogenous fatty [excessive amounts of fat in the stools, due to pancreatic dysfunction], parenteral [due to infections outside the gastro-intestinal tract, such as tuberculosis, syphilis, etc.], putrefactive [due to putrefaction of the intestinal contents], serous or watery [discharge of feces softened by copious serous fluid], stercoral [accompanied by colic and followed by two or three days of constipation], traveler's [particularly when visiting tropical or sub-tropical regions], tubercular and viral), and eliminates any form of cachexia (state of malnourishment and general debility) throughout the stomach and bowels while removing any malabsorption, septicemia, nausea or ulceration associated with excessive accumulations of toxic debris or metabolic waste materials (due to improper food combinations), pathogenic bacteria and microbes or putrefactive fecal matter throughout the duodenum and colon; relieves any acute or chronic dysentery characterized by the passage of mucus or bloody stools through the colon (accompanied by intense abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, tormina and tenesmus, which leads to the onset of adynamia, hepatic abscess, ulceration, perforation, emaciation, exhaustion and general nervous imbalances; removes any atonic or chronic diarrhea accompanied by uremia or septicemia, erysipelas, phlegmatic ulceration, influenza, or weakened capillary circulation throughout the mucous membranes of the stomach and bowels, due to improper food combinations that result in malabsorption, griping pain, tenesmus, and various infectious or inflammatory conditions throughout the entire gastro-intestinal tract; alleviates any infantile diarrhea accompanied by copious watery, clay-colored stools or fecal matter, and removes any summer or colliquative diarrhea that leads to relaxed or weakened conditions throughout the intestines of children; eliminates any gastro-intestinal atony accompanied by copious watery and pale alvine discharges, and reduces or mitigates the tenesmus (painful straining of stool) that usually accompanies chronic dysentery; eases any mild forms of non-irritative diarrhea caused by various influenzal conditions, and relieves any deficient glandular secretions (glandular insufficiency) throughout the liver, stomach and bowels; acts as an astringent to the gastro-enteric and renal mucosa by (1) reducing any excessive mucus discharges, (2) increasing the tonicity of the mucous membranes, and (3) providing sedative effects upon these structures during conditions involving prolonged irritation, and acts as a restorative to the entire gastro-intestinal tract; exhibits astringent properties in order to stimulate the production of mucus throughout the stomach and bowels, thereby soothing and healing any ulcerated conditions; demonstrates astringent activity in order to strengthen the functional capabilities of the spleen, thereby maintaining proper blood supplies within the blood vessels and capillaries throughout the gastro-intestinal tract; acts as an effective astringent in order to alleviate any chronic inflammatory conditions throughout the gastro-intestinal tract that lead to the onset of diarrhea or dysentery (especially typhoid dysentery), and removes any thick or viscid secretions associated with excessive catarrhal accumulations throughout the alimentary and gastro-intestinal tracts; displays anti-catarrhal and expectorant properties in order to accelerate and strengthen the functional capabilities of the entire expectoration process, thereby facilitating the loosening and expulsion of any excessive gummy or viscid mucoid or phlegmatic accumulations from the entire gastro-intestinal tract (especially the duodenum and colon); exhibits cytophylactic and cytotoxic activity in order to provide stronger cellular defense mechanisms against many physical or chemical agents, and displays anti-infective and disinfectant properties in order to promote increased resistance by destroying any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria, microbes or viruses that are often responsible for various infectious states or inflammatory conditions; exhibits bacteriostatic, microbicidal and viricidal activity in order to strengthen and increase the resistance of the gastro-intestinal tract against any invasive or harmful bacteria or microbes, as well as to inhibit the further development of any infectious or inflammatory conditions associated with the onset of dysentery or diarrhea; displays bacteriostatic and microbicidal effects, due to the presence of certain phenolic compounds in the form of certain flavonoids (myricitrin) and tannins (tannic and gallic acids); demonstrates significant antiphlogistic effects in order to inhibit the formation of certain inflammatory compounds (such as histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandin, serine proteases and thromboxanes), as well as to reduce any severe inflammatory swelling associated with any degenerative conditions by exerting an extremely positive influence towards correcting any internal inflammatory conditions throughout the entire gastro-intestinal tract (especially the duodenum and colon); exhibits significant antiseptic activity by destroying the vitality of any organized living ferments in order to prevent the onset of putrefaction or septicemia, and precipitates the proteins in any inflamed tissues in order to provide a mildly antiseptic and protective coating (under which the regeneration of new tissue occurs) for the mucous membranes and tissue-systems throughout the entire gastro-intestinal tract; acts as an effective antiseptic in order to remove any septic conditions associated with tissue degeneration or ulceration, and promotes increased suppuration and a steady toning or restorative impression to the entire glandular system (especially the liver, spleen and lymph glands); exhibits anabolic activity in order to accelerate the production of DNA and RNA (which enhances the production of proteins in the form of antibodies), while increasing protein and lipid synthesis in the bone marrow and DNA/RNA content in the adrenals and lymph nodes (along with increased body weight and enhanced re-synthesis of glycogen and high-energy phosphate compounds); demonstrates powerful adaptogenic (balancing and strengthening) activity in order to increase the overall resistance of an organism towards any adverse influences or stressful conditions (whether they be physical, chemical or biological), especially throughout the blood vessels, mucous membranes and tissue-systems of the gastro-intestinal tract, and both the central (cerebro-spinal centers) and peripheral nervous systems; demonstrates sialagogue activity in order to promote increased salivation from the salivary glands during the onset of various inflammatory conditions, and promotes increased salivary flows in order to produce soothing effects upon the stomach; acts as a secretolytic stimulant in order to promote increased gastric, enteric, pancreatic or intestinal secretory and motor activity, and enhances greater peripheral circulation (due to its antioxidant activity); promotes increased peripheral (capillary) circulatory flows, and improves both arterial and capillary circulation while promoting increased circulatory equilibrium; displays antioxidant properties in order to oxygenate the blood, thereby destroying any parasitic infections throughout the gastro-intestinal tract; exhibits significant antioxidant effects in order to provide greater oxygen-transport capabilities throughout the entire circulatory system and gastro-intestinal tract, as well as enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the entire organism; acts as a circulatory stimulant by increasing the blood flows throughout the circulatory system in order to enhance greater nutrient transport, absorption and utilization, thereby accelerating the healing processes associated with the repair of any nutritional deficiencies or insufficiency throughout the entire organism; demonstrates significant rejuvenative and restorative properties upon the basic plasma tissue-systems throughout the entire organism, thereby enhancing the production of vital bodily fluids while providing greater enrichment through increased assimilation of the various organic mineral salts; accelerates the recuperative processes that are essential in order to overcome any chronic degenerative or debilitative diseases or illnesses, while facilitating greater recovery response during convalescence in order to fully regain optimal health and well-being; strengthens and cleanses all the tissue-systems throughout the entire gastro-intestinal tract, and tonifies any irritative conditions throughout the stomach and intestinal mucosa; activates the bodily processes of detoxification and elimination in order to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and tissue-systems, and increases the secretion and elimination of urine in order to provide further support to the inner cleansing process; displays alterative activity in order to correct any disordered bodily function, thereby activating increased alterations in both metabolic and tissue functions as a defensive measure against the onset of acute or chronic disease; exhibits restorative effects in order to regain increased vigor or vitality and greater strength, while enhancing normal tissue and metabolic functional capabilities; demonstrates alterative and restorative properties in order to re-establish healthy systemic functional capabilities, as well as to establish greater vascular tone throughout the entire organism (due to its ability to stimulate increased secretory flows); exhibits alterative effects in order to stimulate the anabolic growth processes, thereby enhancing the repair of any degenerated, deteriorated and debilitated cells or tissues (while promoting the elimination of any catabolic waste materials); displays tonifying effects in order to permanently enhance the overall energy-levels throughout the entire organism, without adversely affecting the functional capabilities of any particular organ or system.