A Guide to Herbs Etc. Products

A Guide to Herbs Etc. Products Formulated by Daniel Gagnon, Medical Herbalist
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Herbs, Etc. is America's Premier Manufacturer of Liquid Herbal Medicines, and has been widely recognized within the natural health industry for over 30 years. Both in the US and abroad, Herbs, Etc. is well known for its dedication to the highest standards of excellence.

Herbs Etc. unequaled herbal remedies are formulated by Medical Herbalist Daniel Gagnon. This guide provides a description of the formulas and their use.

Acnetonic™ (Burdock/Violet Complex). Specific for acne that occurs in adolescence or young adulthood. Also helpful for women who experience flare-ups of acne during hormonal shifts of their menstrual cycle or during ingestion of oral contraceptives.

Adrenotonic™ (Black Currant/Licorice Complex). Superb adrenal gland tonic. Ideal formula to take after cortico-steroidal therapy. For any illnesses that are aggravated during stressful periods, such as asthma, chronic fatigue immuno-dysfuntion syndrome (CFIDS), hypoglycemia or allergies of all kinds. Prevents excessive response to everyday stress. A great female adaptogen as it will not disturb the menstrual cycle.

Allertonic® (Stinging Nettle Fresh/Eyebright Complex). A formula used in cases of allergies that manifest as eczema, hay fever, hives, asthma, skin rash, sinusitis, headaches, allergic rhinitis, chronic bronchitis, itchy eyes, sneezing, inflammation of the mouth, stomach and/or intestines, diarrhea and, in some cases, arthritis. Prevents the release of inflammatory substances and reduces excessive body defense reactions. Ingredients: Stinging Nettle Fresh, Licorice, Eyebright, Horehound, Osha, Horsetail, Mullein, Elecampane, Plantain.

Arthrotonic™ (Devil's Claw/Yucca Complex). Useful in reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, and tenderness of joints and muscles. Offers relief in arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, gout, or joint inflammation of synovial membranes (those covering the joints) and joint stiffness. Increases excretion and neutralization of uric acid and other waste products that initiate and prolong inflammation.

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris, dried root). As a bitter tonic, helps resolve indigestion and poor appetite. It improves nutrition by stimulating digestion, absorption and assimilation. Helpful for acne, psoriasis, herpes flare-ups and eczema, especially when these conditions are accompanied by constipation. Improves liver function. Also very useful in parasitic infection, especially giardia.

Bionic Tonic™ (Red Ginseng/Fo-ti Complex). Helps you stay awake, alert and mentally clear. Useful when driving, studying, doing a task over and over, or when you need to be alert, bushy-tailed and fully alive. Great as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Contains no caffeine or Ephedra (Ma Huang).

Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa, dried root). For dull aching pains without acute inflammation in joints, muscles or uterus. For weak, irregular uterine contractions during labor or for after-birth pains. Useful for menopausal women experiencing hot flashes and depression.

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra, fresh "green" hull). For eczema, acne, lichen, candida, intestinal distress, diarrhea, chronic scaly skin diseases and inflammation of the mouth, throat and stomach.

Blueberry (Vaccinium spp., fresh leaf). Useful for adult onset diabetes, the type that can be controlled by diet. Lowers elevated blood sugar level. Increases uric acid elimination and relieves gout. Stops diarrhea, especially in children.

Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides, dried root). Use for menstrual cramps when dull pains extend to buttocks and back of legs. Facilitates childbirth when delay in labor is due to weakness, fatigue or lack of uterine power.

Burdock (Arctium lappa, Autumn-gathered dried root). Effective in dry and scaly eczema, psoriasis, acne, dandruff and boils. Stimulates digestive juices and bile secretion. In gout, stimulates excretion of urea and uric acid.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis, fresh flower). Internally: For inflammation of the mouth and peptic ulcers.
Externally: For healing skin burns or inflammation, abrasions, pressure ulcers (i.e., bed sores), and impetigo (also see Usnea).
Warning: May potentiate the effects of MAO-inhibitors.

Cardiotonic™ (Hawthorn/Motherwort Complex). Formula for heart irregularities with rapid heart beat episodes or weakness of heart muscle. Specific support for angina, as it greatly improves the blood flow to the heart muscle. Offers excellent support in heart disease.

Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa [Uña de Gato], dried tree bark). Genital herpes and herpes zoster both respond favorably to its use. Also helpful for diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, colitis, leaky bowel syndrome, fistulas, peptic ulcers, gastritis, gastric ulcers, candidiasis, and Crohn's disease. Cat's Claw helps to curb parasites and dysentery. Found useful in arthritis, bursitis, and rheumatism.

Cayenne (Capsicum annuum, dried fruit). In viral infections, cools dry, hot mucous membranes. Small amounts increase secretions; useful in case of dry mouth and a lack of digestive secretions due to nervousness, alcohol abuse, prescription drugs and old age. Stimulates circulation.

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, whole fresh flower). Internally: Useful for anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, flatulence, gastritis, stomach ulcers, gingivitis, gastro-enteritis, colitis and menstrual related migraines. Externally: Reduces inflammation and speeds up healing of wounds.

Chaste Tree (see Vitex)

Chickweed (Stellaria media, fresh herb). Internally: Useful as a diuretic for PMS water retention and for overly acidic urine from excessive meat eating or steroid intake.
Externally: Use as a rub for arthritis, rheumatism, sprains or gout.

ChlorOxygen® Chlorophyll Concentrate (extracted from English Stinging Nettle). Use for low red blood cell count, fatigue, shortness of breath, high altitude sickness, or heavy menstrual flow. Intestinal deodorizer.

Cholesterotonic™ (Siberian Eleuthero/Devil's Claw Complex). For elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels, especially during periods of physical or emotional stress. Helps to increase high density lipoproteins (HDL, the good cholesterol) and decrease low density lipoproteins (LDL, the bad cholesterol). Also helpful when these elevations are due to excessive alcohol and/or fat intake.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum, dried bark). Aids in fevers, flu, colds and chest infections. Useful for abdominal bloating, gas, mild intestinal cramps, nausea and vomiting. Stimulates digestion and prevents stomach ulceration. Helpful in and reduces risk factors of type II diabetes. Curbs lung and post-partum uterine passive bleeding and excessive menstrual bleeding.
Side Effects: May cause allergic reactions to skin or membranes in some individuals. Warning: Do not exceed the recommended dose.

Collinsonia (Collinsonia canadensis, Autumn-gathered fresh root). Useful for throat irritation from intensive talking, singing or shouting, as in pharyngitis and laryngitis. Also, for hemorrhoids and varicosities due to poor venous blood circulation with a sense of constriction, rectal pain and bladder irritation with painful urination.

Congest Free™ (Ephedra Free). For sinus congestion with hot dry membranes, headache, pain, pressure and heaviness in the sinuses, low fever, blocked ears, earache and even bleeding nose from dryness. Take if mucus is thick, if it is difficult to blow your nose and if it feels like your head is in a vice-like grip. Good to use when you are congested and must travel by plane.

Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus, dried bark and root bark). Calms painful menstruation with stabbing-like pains, severe discomfort and abundant bleeding. Calms the stomach, intestines, heart and nervous system. Useful for morning sickness and for threatened miscarriage in the last trimester.

Cramp ReLeaf™ (Black Haw/Cramp Bark Complex). Relieves sharp, strong menstrual cramps occurring prior to or during menstruation. Calms diarrhea and upset stomach that accompany menstruation. Improves ovarian and uterine circulation, soothes the pelvic muscles and promotes toning of the entire birthing organ. Reduces morning sickness and controls after-birth pains. In combination with Shepherd's Purse, it prevents postpartum hemorrhage.

CranBladder ReLeaf™ (Cranberry/Uva Ursi Complex). Prevents and stops recurring urinary tract infection (UTI), especially in females, in two ways: 1) prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder, and 2) oils from the herbs help deactivate and destroy the bacteria that are present in the bladder, urethra, and ureters. Stimulates the immune system of the urinary tract, acidifies the urine and tones the urinary system. Specific to prevent infection occurring after intercourse.

Cycle 1 Estrotonic™ Support for days 1-14 Cycle 2 Progestonic™ Support for days 15-28 These combinations were formulated to be used in tandem: for regulating menstrual cycles for women who are getting off oral contraceptives or who have erratic menstrual cycles due to a variety of interruptions such as breast feeding, physical reactions to travel, trauma, etc.; for women who are having difficulty conceiving; for women who have excessively long or short menstrual cycles. Three to six months of alternating Cycle 1 Estrotonic and Cycle 2 Progestonic will reestablish a normal and balanced cycle. These formulas work together over the course of the 28-day menstrual cycle and should be taken as follows:

Cycle 1 Estrotonic™ Day 1-14 Support (Black Cohosh/ Dong Quai Complex). This formula specifically balances estrogen levels in order to reestablish proper timing of the menstrual cycle and to facilitate ovulation.

Cycle 2 Progestonic™ Day 15-28 Support (Vitex/Wild Yam Complex). This formula increases the production of progesterone in balance with estrogen levels established in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Aids conception, because increased progesterone promotes proper implantation of the fertilized egg. Can be taken specifically for PMS symptoms without alternating with Cycle 1 Estrotonic; helps relieve water retention, swollen and tender breasts, lower backache, cramping, fatigue, irritability, insomnia, depression, difficulty in concentrating, panic attacks, anxiety, mood swings, crying, physical and emotional tension, low blood sugar, low sex drive, headaches and migraines.

Damiana (Turnera spp., dried leaf). Useful in anxiety and depression. Use for irritation of urinary passages (urethra or bladder) from emotional stress, sexual stress, or stress due to traveling. For delayed menstruation in young girls. Has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, fresh Autumn-gathered root, leaf and flower). For poor bile secretion, poor appetite and digestive function, constipation from lack of bile, rheumatic conditions, eczema, chronic skin eruptions, or psoriasis aggravated by emotional stress and/or fatty foods. As a potassium-rich diuretic, helpful for water retention due to heart problems, PMS or heat sickness.

Deep Health® (Deep Chi Builder™) A daily multi-herbal formula and long term preventive strategy. Excellent deep immune system toner. Has immunomodulating and adaptogenic properties. Protects the heart, liver, stomach, intestines, lungs, pancreas, kidneys, adrenal glands, as well as the circulatory and nervous systems. Helps improve endurance and physical performance, sharpens mental concentration, protects against stress, decreases fatigue, and promotes calmness, energy and vitality. Helps to rebuild the body after long, serious or debilitating health challenges. Use when you are battling lack of sleep, decreased resistance due to your hectic lifestyle, frequent travels and jet lag, or demanding work or social schedule.

Deep Sleep® (California Poppy/Valerian Complex). Specific for inability to fall asleep, waking up during the night, or waking up too early in the morning. For insomnia resulting from depression, for waking up groggy or tired, as well as for fitful and/or agitated sleep. For sleep problems accompanied by cramps or pain. For insomnia while weaning from drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. Also for inability to fall asleep from tiredness. Helps to reeducate the brain sleep center.

Deprezac™ (St. John's Wort/Lemon Balm Complex). Formula specific for mild to medium depression. Possesses sedative and anti-depressant effects. Decreases feelings of anxiety, tension, fatigue, irritability, depression, insomnia, agitation, loss of appetite, loss of interest and excessive sleeping. Useful for seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Warning: Not effective for bi-polar syndrome and/or for any other severe depressive states.

DermaCillin™ Antiseptic Topical Skin Spray. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Helps prevents skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Increases skin resistance to enzymes secreted by microorganisms or insects. Soothes irritation, decreases inflammation, and improves healing/regeneration of damaged skin tissues. Use in abrasions, nicks, cuts, scratches, slow-to-heal wounds, dermatitis, skin ulcers, and bedsores.

Dermatonic™ (Red Clover/Burdock Complex). Helpful for cases of eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis. Eases itching, oozing, thickening or scaling of the skin. Speeds up healing and development of smooth, pliable skin. Use with Allertonic® if skin problem is due to allergic reaction. For acne, alternate with Acnetonic™.

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens, dried secondary tuber). Safe anti-inflammatory for arthritis, rheumatism, gout, joint inflammation, gall bladder problems with pancreatic distress, and for elevated cholesterol and uric acid blood levels.

Digestonic™ (Gentian/Angelica Complex). Sure acting tonic for the stomach. Use for poor appetite, acid indigestion, and poor stomach or intestinal function. Stimulates breakdown of food and assimilation of nutrients. Use in anemia, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and recurring canker or mouth sores (aphtous stomatitis).

Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis [Dang Qui], cured root slice). In deficient estrogen or testosterone secretion, it increases cellular uptake of these hormones in uterine, vaginal, ovarian or prostatic disorders. For menopausal distress. For PMS with dull aching pain before or during menstruation.

Early Alert™ (formerly Echinacea Triple Source Plus™) (Echinacea w/ Olive leaf, fresh Elder berry and fresh Spilanthes). A complete spectrum full potency Echinacea formula with the added benefits of Olive leaf, fresh Elder berry and fresh Spilanthes. As a first line immune system activator, Echinacea is ideal for the initial stages of colds and at the beginning of a general infection. Stimulates production, maturation, mobilization and aggressiveness of white blood cells and other body defenses against intruders. Prevents or slows down bacterial and viral infections by strengthening the connective tissues. Helps boost the immune system prior to cold and flu season. Helps reduce swelling and stimulates repair in tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow and other sports injuries. Also for tonsillitis, herpes, respiratory system infection, candida, thrush and contact dermatitis. Olive leaf has been shown to be effective against dozens of different viruses. It lessens the symptoms of herpes infections. Fresh Elder berry is helpful in deactivating the influenza virus. Fresh Spilanthes further supports the benefits of Echinacea by stimulating the immune system.

Echinacea (Echinacea Angustifolia, dried root). A must in the beginning stages of a cold or flu. Increases production, maturation and aggressiveness of white blood cells against intruders. Great on swollen areas due to bee, wasp, gnat and mosquito bites. Helps reduce swelling and stimulates repair of tendons, ligaments and muscle sheaths. Excellent for tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow, skier's knee and jogger's ankle. Prevents or slows down bacterial and viral infections by strengthening connective tissues. Gets rid of dead microbes, dead cells and other waste products by stimulating lymphatic drainage.

Echinacea/Elderberry Complex Excellent anti-bacterial or antiviral agent for first day of a cold or flu. This formula combines fresh Elder berry with the time-proven properties of Echinacea. Fresh Elder berry aids in deactivating the influenza virus while Echinacea activates the immune system. For more information on the properties of each herb see the listing under both Echinacea and Elder berry.

Echinacea Triple Source™ A complete spectrum, full-potency Echinacea formula rooted in native North American traditional medicine, and in cutting-edge European phytopharmaceutical research. As a first line immune system activator, Echinacea is ideal for the initial stages of colds and at the beginning of a general infection. Stimulates production, maturation, mobilization and aggressiveness of white blood cells and other body defenses against intruders. Prevents or slows down bacterial and viral infections by strengthening the connective tissues. Helps boost the immune system prior to cold and flu season. Helps reduce swelling and stimulates repair in tendonitis, bursitis, tennis elbow and other sports injuries. Also for tonsillitis, herpes, respiratory system infection, candida, thrush and contact dermatitis.

Elder berry (Sambucus nigra, fresh berry). New research indicates it is helpful in deactivating the influenza virus. Taken in the early stages of flu, it prevents symptoms from taking hold. Used traditionally as a spring cleanser. Helps get rid of excess mucus production.

Essiac Tonic (Burdock/Sheep Sorrel Complex). This formula was originally given to Canadian nurse Rene Caisse by a Chippewa Indian. Helps move the body toward a state of integration and health. Alleviates and gets rid of chronic and degenerative diseases. Boosts the immune system, cleanses and supports the liver and the blood. Useful in autoimmune disorders, allergic disorders, and chronic fatigue immuno-dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis, dried herb). Internally: Take for hay fever and allergies with watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, frontal headache and stuffy sinuses. Externally: In diluted form use for rapid relief of redness and swelling in conjunctivitis or blepharitis.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, dried seed). Eliminates flatulence. Very useful for babies who have gas and distressed digestive systems (i.e., diarrhea, dyspepsia, intestinal spasms). Increases milk secretion in nursing mothers.

Fo-ti (Polygonum multiflorum [Ho shou wu], dried root slice). For physical debility, high cholesterol levels, and weakness. Long-term immune system tonic.

Gentian (Gentiana lutea, dried root). For poor appetite, acid indigestion, poor stomach or intestinal function. Stimulates digestive function after prolonged illness. For anemia or when recuperating from nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale, dried root). Relieves motion sickness, nausea (even from chemotherapy or vertigo), and vomiting better than "Dramamine." Relieves indigestion, abdominal and menstrual cramping, dyspepsia and gastric hypoacidity. Helps with acute colds and flu.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, fresh and dry Autumn-gathered yellowing leaf). Has a scavenging effect on free radicals. For hearing and sight disorders with poor blood flow in ears and eyes; tinnitis. Helpful for Alzheimer's disease, vertigo associated with inner ear problems; loss of memory and alertness. Helps prevent poor circulation problems in eyes, skin, and extremities when diabetes is present.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please refer to Disclaimer.

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