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, anti-bilious, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-catarrhal, anti-dyscratic, anti-exudative, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, anti-scrofulous, antiseptic, astringent, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), cholagogue, choleretic, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, depurative, detoxicant, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, fungistatic (anti-fungal), microbicidal (anti-microbial), nutritive, parasiticide, rejuvenative, restorative, sialagogue, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic 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; removes any indolent sores or deep ulcerative skin conditions, as well as any lymphatic swelling or scrofulous disorders associated with various inflammatory skin eruptions (such as dry or weeping eczema, dermatitis, etc.); acts as an adjunct towards the presence of bioflavonoids in order to strengthen any damaged or broken capillaries throughout the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues, due to the presence of quercin; 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; acts as an astringent to the epidermal or subcutaneous tissues 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 blood vessels, mucous membranes and tissue-systems throughout the entire organism; demonstrates mild astringent activity (due to the presence of tannins) in order to strengthen the functional capabilities of the spleen, thereby maintaining proper blood supplies within the blood vessels and capillaries throughout the tissue-systems of the epidermal or subcutaneous skin tissues; exhibits astringent properties (due to the presence of certain tannins, such as egallitannin, gallic acid and plobotannin), which unite with the proteins and amino acids of various suppurative tissues in order to provide increased protection against any pathogenic bacterial or microbial invasion; acts as an effective astringent in order to alleviate any chronic inflammatory conditions throughout the epidermis that leads to the onset of various eczematous disorders, and removes any thick or viscid secretions associated with excessive catarrhal accumulations that lead to the onset of eczema, dermatitis, lupus, erysipelas or exanthemas; 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; acts as an effective viricidal agent against certain types of infectious diseases, and cleanses any irritated or inflamed skin conditions; 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; 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; 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 calcium, carbohydrates, manganese, selenium and zinc) 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; strengthens the stomach in order to enhance greater secretory powers or assimilative capabilities, thereby improving the overall metabolic processes; 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.