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, aperient, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), balsamic, calmative, mild cathartic, cholagogue, choleretic, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, depurative, detoxicant, diaphoretic, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, fungistatic (anti-fungal), immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, laxative, microbicidal (anti-microbial), parasiticide, purgative, prophylactic, relaxant, rejuvenative, restorative, sedative, sialagogue, spasmolytic, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic, vasodilator, 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; eliminates any chronic constipation or diabetes associated with the onset of various eruptive skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, erysipelas or exanthemas; 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; displays aperient and mild laxative properties in order to promote gentle evacuations of toxic debris or fecal matter from the intestines, and acts as a mild cathartic and purgative in order to stimulate increased peristaltic movement and the accelerated defecation of any toxic accumulations or metabolic waste materials from the lower bowels; 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; displays antibiotic and fungistatic properties, due to the presence of alpha-lapachone, beta-lapachone and the quinone xyloidone; demonstrates powerful microbicidal and fungistatic activity against Candida albicans and Tricophyton mentagrophytes, due to the presence of naphthoquinones, anthraquinones, lapachenole, the flavonoid quercetin, and o- and p-hydroxy benzoic acids; exhibits significant microbicidal effects against Gram-positive or acid-fast bacteria and fungi, while uncoupling any oxidative phosphorylation (due to the presence of lapachol); possesses cytophylactic and cytotoxic effects against certain parasites (due to the presence of the flavonoid quercetin), and interferes with the energy-production and enzymatic reactions associated with various microorganisms (due to the presence of the naphthoquinone lapachol); displays significant viricidal activity against a number of viruses, due to the presence of certain naphthoquinones such as lapachol (or lapachic acid or tecomin), beta-lapachone and hydroxynaphthoquinone; inhibits the growth of certain key enzymes (due to the presence of beta-lapachone), such as DNA and RNA polymerases and retrovirus reverse transcriptase; 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; displays powerful antiphlogistic effects (with low toxicity) against a wide range of inflammatory conditions, especially throughout the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; 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); 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; 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; strengthens and tonifies a deficient immune system, thereby enhancing greater resistance towards any infectious conditions; 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; 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; enhances the proper assimilation of various essential nutrients (due to the presence of high levels of iron), and facilitates the expulsion of any accumulated toxins throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; 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.