The following is excerpted from The Professional's Herbal Formula Handbook No. 23, comprising 130 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, analgesic, anodyne, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-catarrhal, anti-dyscratic, anti-exudative, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, anti-scrofulous, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), balsamic, biocatalyst, calmative, cell proliferant, cholagogue, choleretic, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, demulcent, deodorant, depurative, detoxicant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, fungistatic (anti-fungal), immuno-modulator, immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), mucilaginous, nutritive, parasiticide, rejuvenative, relaxant, sialagogue, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic, constitutional tropho-restorative, vasodilator (peripheral), vasotonic and viricidal (anti-viral).
Alleviates any general fluids dyscrasia (abnormal or pathological condition) throughout the blood vessels, mucous membranes and tissue-systems of the epidermis accompanied by redness, swelling, heat, pain, itching, burning sensations, and various infectious or inflammatory conditions associated with the onset of multiple forms of eczema, dermatitis or lupus erythematosus (including allergic, atopic, capitus, contact, cosmetic, diaper, epilans, exfoliative, exudative, herpetiformis, impetiginous, infantile, infectious, intertrigo, orbicular, rhus, seborrheic, stasis, vegetans or weeping), and eliminates any form of cachexia (state of malnourishment and general debility) throughout the epidermal skin tissues accompanied by catarrhal obstructions (mucoid or phlegmatic), hypertrophy, septicemia, serous exudations, suppuration (weeping or oozing) or ulceration; relieves any acute, subacute or chronic non-contagious eczematous or superficial inflammatory skin disorder (atopic dermatitis) in the epidermis characterized primarily by redness, swelling, itching, burning sensations, erythema, lesions (bulbous, erythematous, papular, pustular or vesicular), crusting (followed by scales, lichenification and often pigmentation) associated with alimentary tract disorders (including dyspepsia, constipation or intestinal autointoxication), allergic tendencies, Bright's disease, dentition, desquamation, diabetes, scarlatina, scrofulous conditions, stress, uric acid diathesis, uterine disorders and organic or functional nerve dysfunction (and aggravated by fatigue or emotional stress), and removes any localized chronic degenerative or debilitative inflammatory conditions of the skin accompanied by hypertropy, ulceration and strumous diathesis; alleviates any acute erysipelas (inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues) characterized by shiny redness, swelling, heat, pain and vesication accompanied by fever and various constitutional disturbances (due to excessive catarrhal conditions), and eliminates any lupus erythematosus (cutaneous skin growth conditions) characterized by well-defined reddish patches covered with yellowish or grayish adherent scales (accompanied by pustulous or distended sebaceous ducts); exhibits antipyretic and febrifuge activity in order to reduce any fevers associated with excessive toxic waste accumulations throughout the gastro-intestinal tract, as well as any feverish states throughout the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; alleviates any dermatitis, dermatosis, septic skin sores, erysipelas, chronic skin eruptions and various eczematous disorders, and relieves any pustular skin infections or infectious conditions; exhibits significant antispasmodic, balsamic, calmative, relaxant, sedative and spasmolytic effects upon the smooth muscles of the stomach and bowels in order to promote increased peristaltic movement (peristalsis) throughout the alimentary or intestinal musculature, as well as to soothe and relieve any localized pain or burning sensations associated with various inflammatory conditions in the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues (due to the presence of excessive accumulations of toxic debris or metabolic waste materials throughout the gastro-intestinal tract); displays analgesic and anodyne properties in order to soothe and relieve the painful itching or burning sensations associated with any eczematous or superficial inflammatory skin disorder (atopic dermatitis), as well as various other painful inflammatory conditions throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; exhibits cholagogue and choleretic properties in order to remove any intestinal putrefaction or septicemia that leads to the onset of intestinal autointoxication associated with various eczematous disorders or inflammatory skin eruptions, including eczema, dermatitis, lupus, erysipelas or exanthemas; soothes and protects any irritated or inflamed internal tissues (particularly the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues) by direct contact with varying amounts of complex mucilaginous substances (mucins), and possesses viscous fiber in order to (1) reduce bowel transit-time, (2) absorb additional amounts of toxic waste materials from the bowels, (3) regulate the production of colonic bacteria (intestinal flora), and (4) provide demulcent and emollient activity throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; exhibits demulcent, emollient and mucilaginous properties in order to lubricate the mucous membranes during conditions involving acute or chronic inflammatory or ulcerative disorders throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues, due to the presence of mucilage (which is composed of a polysaccharide containing glucose and fructose); cleanses any stale mucus accumulations from the tissue-systems throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues, and acts as a secretolytic stimulant in order to loosen any impacted (hardened) mucoid or phlegmatic deposits; 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, fungistatic, microbicidal and viricidal activity in order to strengthen and increase the resistance of the gastro-intestinal tract and epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues against any invasive or harmful pathogenic (disease-bearing) bacteria, microbes or viruses, as well as to inhibit the further development of any infectious or inflammatory conditions associated with the onset of various forms of eczema, dermatitis, lupus, erysipelas or exanthemas; exhibits bacteriostatic, fungistatic, and systemic microbicidal effects against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp. and other hyaluronidase-secreting bacteria (due to the presence of fixed (caffeic acid glucoside) or volatile oils (polyacetylenes) and echinacoside glycosides), and displays antiphlogistic activity in order to reduce any glandular swelling associated with lymphatic congestion; 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 tissue-systems of the epidermis; acts as an extremely effective broad spectrum natural antiobiotic (due to the presence of echinacin), and displays antiphlogistic and viricidal activity (due to the presence of polysaccharides); 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 tissue-systems throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; 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); acts as a biocatalyst in order to stimulate the intercellular metabolic activities, without profoundly modifying the normal physiological activities throughout the entire organism; displays biocatalytic activity in order to enhance greater assimilation of those essential nutrients that are necessary for the increased production of energy and vitality, thereby accelerating certain rejuvenative processes associated with the repair of any damaged tissue-systems throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; acts as a biocatalyst in order to accelerate and accentuate the transport of all the other herbal ingredients throughout the entire organism to specific areas of the body, and displays significant antioxidant effects in order to enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; acts as a cell proliferant in order to stimulate increased cellular mitosis (cell division and reproduction) in an adequate nutritional environment, as well as to accelerate the healing processes by promoting increased granulation and greater resolution during the repair of any damaged tissue-systems throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; displays cell proliferant activity in order to inhibit the normal aging process within the cells or tissue-systems, thereby extending the overall lifespan of the entire organism; 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 tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues, and both the central (cerebro-spinal centers) and peripheral nervous systems; demonstrates anti-infective activity by inhibiting the secretion of the enzyme hyaluronidase in order to alter hyaluronic acid (which possesses cellular protective effects), and exhibits powerful immuno-stimulatory and immuno-potentiating effects (due to the presence of the water-soluble polysaccharide echinacin B); exhibits immuno-potentiating and immuno-stimulatory effects in order to enhance greater long-term immune potential and overall systemic immunity (or immune cell activity) and increased immune response (by activating the body's natural defense mechanisms), particularly in relation to the removal or restoration of any degenerative conditions throughout the tissue-systems in the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; acts as a profound non-specific immuno-stimulant and potentially useful immune system modulator to the immune defense system, and enhances the body's ability to become resistant to many viral or bacterial infections by stimulating the production and subsequent activity of several chemical mediators of immunity (immune mechanisms that are not controlled or mediated by antibodies) in order to increase resistance towards various infectious conditions; initiates antibody production in response to the presence of viruses, mold-like bacteria, yeasts, fungi, parasites, tumor-cells and various other microorganisms or invasive agents, and provides greater resistance to these pathogenic microbes and infective organisms by stimulating and strengthening the body's own defense mechanisms (or immune system) and eliminating poor immune response in order to ward off disease; prevents the spread of any harmful microorganisms by enhancing the body's ability to inhibit the secretion of hyaluronidase, which is secreted by various microbes for the purpose of increasing the permeability of the surrounding connective tissue (formerly referred to as the "spreading factor"); promotes the repair of any damaged connective tissue (collagen) by bonding with the enzyme hyaluronidase in order to inhibit its activity, and regenerates any cellular connective (granulomatous) tissue that was destroyed or damaged during certain infectious conditions in order to increase the integrity of the primary defense mechanisms against various pathogenic organisms; promotes less marked leukocytic infiltration into any damaged tissue, and possesses significant protective action towards any new tissue (muco-polysaccharides) being produced by the fibrocytes in the mesoderm layer of the skin (which is responsible for the manufacture of all types of connective tissue, bone marrow, blood and lymph); strengthens the natural immune defense mechanisms by releasing natural sources of insulin (inulin) and enhancing the production of the serum protein properdin (due to the presence of the muco-polysaccharides) in order to activate the alternative complement pathway, which increases non-specific host defense mechanisms such as the neutralization of viruses, the destruction of harmful pathogenic bacteria or microbes, and the increased migration of white blood cells (B-lymphocytes, neutrophils, basophils, eosinophils, monocytes, etc.) to specific areas of infection; accelerates the responsive capabilities of the white blood cells to attack and digest any harmful pathogenic bacteria, toxic immune-complex proteins, and the larger viruses associated with those conditions involving influenza, bronchitis and sinusitis; activates significant and potent immuno-stimulatory effects or activity via the alternative complement pathway by utilizing specific types of polysaccharides that are able to adhere or bind themselves to certain carbohydrate receptor sites located on the cellular surface of the T-lymphocytes (or T-cells) and other white blood cells in various cellular membranes, resulting in non-specific T-cell activation (including the increased production and secretion of interferon and any other system-potentiating compounds), enhanced T-cell mitogenesis (reproduction), increased macrophage phagocytosis (general cellular immunity involving the scavenging, engulfment and destruction of harmful pathogenic bacteria or viruses by specialized cells), antibody binding, natural killer (NK) cell activity, and increased levels of circulating neutrophils (white blood cells that are primarily responsible for defending the organism against harmful invasive bacteria); increases T-cell transformation in order to enhance the cytotoxic destruction of virally-infected cells and the release of interferon (which blocks the replication of both DNA- and RNA-containing viruses or bacteria by binding itself to the cellular surfaces and stimulating the synthesis of proteins in the form of antibodies), thereby preventing the further invasion of pathogens or development of viral infections while stimulating the growth of fibroblasts (in order to increase the production of new tissue) by inhibiting intercellular diffusion and inflamed swelling (due to decreases in hyaluronic acid activity); inhibits any inflammatory response through the use of an extremely complex water-soluble polysaccharide (echinacin B), thereby increasing the integrity of the connective "ground" substance (hyaluronic acid) in order for it to act as a barrier against the intrusion of pathogenic microorganisms into the bodily tissues; acts as a powerful tropho-restorative towards those mucous membranes that are irritated, inflamed or ulcerated, and produces a tightening or binding effect upon the mucous membranes and other exposed tissue in order to reduce any surface inflammation or irritation and act as a barrier against the further spread of infection; increases the proper digestion of various bacterial membranes (opsonization), and enhances the production of healthy new cells or tissues by increasing the levels of fibroblasts; stimulates both blood- and tissue-produced phagocytosis (scavenging of particles by specialized cells), and increases the degree of phagocytosis by elevating the levels of white blood cells; acts as a preventative during the onset of any infectious colds or influenza, and wollen glands), and increases the body's ability to better adapt to any environmental or internal stress by enhancing the functional capabilities of the glandular, nervous and immune systems; demonstrates sialagogue activity in order to promote increased salivation from the salivary glands, especially during the onset of various inflammatory conditions; 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); displays antioxidant properties in order to oxygenate the blood, thereby destroying any parasitic infections throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; exhibits significant antioxidant effects in order to provide greater oxygen-transport capabilities throughout the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues, 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; acts as an effective nutritive and rejuvenative tonic to the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues during convalescence (due to the presence of rich sources of chromium, cobalt, iron, manganese, niacin, selenium, silicon, zinc and vitamins B1, B2 and C) in order to enrich, nourish and replenish any nutritional deficiencies or insufficiency throughout the circulatory system, which leads to the development of various degenerative or debilitative conditions associated with eczema, dermatitis, lupus, erysipelas or exanthemas (such as redness, painful itching or burning sensations, swelling, irritation, inflammation, feverish conditions, erythema, uric acid diathesis, lesions or vesication, crusty scales, desquamation, scarlatina, suppuration, septicemia, ulceration or various constitutional disturbances associated with excessive accumulations of toxic debris or metabolic waste materials [due to improper food combinations], pathogenic bacteria and microbes or excessive catarrhal conditions throughout the gastro-intestinal tract); 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; accelerates the overall healing processes throughout the entire organism while increasing lymphatic replication and resolution (repair of damaged tissues), and promotes increased tissue repair throughout the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; alleviates various lymph gland disorders, including any congested lymph nodes (accompanied by enlarged or swollen glandular conditions; invigorates and revitalizes the lymph fluids by improving circulatory activity throughout the lymph glands, while cleansing and purifying the entire lymphatic system; eliminates any septicemia (the presence and persistence of various pathogenic microorganisms or their toxins in the blood) or uremia (retention of excessive by-products of protein metabolism in the blood that leads to various toxic conditions or autointeoxication), and neutralizes any acid conditions in the blood that are characteristic of lymphatic stagnation (stasis); activates the bodily processes of detoxification and elimination in order to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and tissue-systems, and increases both sensible and insensible perspiration in order to more effectively enhance the eliminative capabilities of the body; acts as an eliminative vasotonic to the blood, liver and splenic functions, as well as upon the eliminative functions of the lymphatic system; enhances the overall cleansing process by dilating the surface capillaries in order to more effectively remove any toxic debris or metabolic waste materials through the pores of the skin, 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.