Herbal Glossary

Here is a glossary of terms used by herbalists and medical practitioners. You may see these terms particularly in old herbals and medicinal textbooks. Each link takes you to the definition of the word.

ABORTIFACIENT
ACRID
ADAPTOGEN
ADJUVANT
ALLOPATHIC
ALTERATIVE
ANALGESIC
ANAPHRODISIAC
ANTIHELMINTHIC
ANTIBIOTIC
ANTICOAGULANT
ANTIDOTE
ANTIEMETIC
ANTIHYDROTIC
ANTILITHIC
ANTIOXIDANT
ANTIPERIODIC
ANTIPHLOGISTIC
ANTIPYRETIC
ANTISEPTIC
ANTISPASMODIC
ANTITUSSIVE
ANXIOLYTIC
APHRODISIAC
APERIENT
APOTHECARY
APPETIZER
AROMATIC
AROMATIC DIGESTIVE
ASTRINGENT
AYURVEDIC

BALSAMIC
BITTER
BULK LAXATIVE

CALMATIVE
CARDIAC
CARMINATIVE
CATHARTIC
CHOLAGOGUE
CHOLERETIC
COAGULANT
COMPRESS
CORDIAL
CORROBORANT
COUNTERIRRITANT

DECOCTION
DEMULCENT
DEOBSTRUENT
DEPRESSANT
DEPURATIVE / DEPURANT
DETERSIVE
DIAPHORETIC
DIGESTIVE
DIURETIC
DOCTRINE OF SIGNATURES
DROPSY

EMETIC
EMMENAGOGUE
EMOLLIENT
EPISPASTIC
EUPHORANT
EXPECTORANT

FEBRIFUGE
FLUID EXTRACT

GALACTOGOGUE

HEMOSTATIC / HAEMOSTATIC
HEPATIC
HYDRAGOGUE
HYPNOTIC

IMMUNOMODULATOR
INCRASSATING
INFUSION

LAXATIVE
LINIMENT
LOTION
LYMPHATIC

MUCILAGE
MUCOLYTIC

NARCOTIC
NEPHRITIC
NERVINE
NEUTRAL
NOOTROPIC

OINTMENT
OREXIGENIC
OXYTOCIC

DEOBSTRUENT
PECTORAL
PHARMACOGNOSY
PHARMOCOPOEIA
PHYTOESTROGEN
PHYTOTHERAPY
POSOLOGY
POULTICE
PURGATIVE

REFRIGERANT
RESTORATIVE
RESTRINGENT - see ASTRINGENT
RUBEFACIENT

SALVE
SEDATIVE
SIALAGOGUE
SIMPLE
SOPORIFIC
STIMULANT
SUFORIFIC
STOMACHIC
STYPTIC

TENIAFUGE
THYMOLEPTIC
TINCTURE
TONIC
TOPICAL
TROPHORESTORATIVE
TUSSIS

UNGUENT

VASOCONSTRICTOR
VASODILATOR
VERMIFUGE
VULNERARY

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