Herbs Medicine a List of Herbs V-Z



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Valerian is used in the treatment of anxiety, hyperactivity, emotional stress, panic attacks, irritability, insomnia, cramps, chorea (involuntary movement disorder), nervous dyspepsia (heartburn, bloating, upset stomach, burping and/or stomach pain), intestinal colic, high blood pressure, migraines, tension headaches, epilepsy, depression and period pain. Traditionally Valerian was also used for low stomach acid, reduced cerebral circulation, rheumatic pains and hysterical states.

none known.


Vervain is used in the treatment of anorexia, infantile colic, fever, anxiety, irritability, mild depression, insufficient lactation (breast milk production), debility following illness, influenza, nervous breakdown, epilepsy, gastrointestinal irritation and jaundice. Traditionally Vervain was also used in the treatment of amenorrhoea (absence of menstrual period), gall bladder pain, malaria, abdominal masses, inflammation of the throat, boils, oedema, acute infections of the urinary tract and as a poultice for the treatment of headache, earache, rheumatism and haemorrhoids.

Contraindicated: take this herb separately from mineral supplements.


Wild Indigo

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Wild Yam

Wild Yam is used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, period pain, ovarian pain, female infertility, threatened miscarriage, intestinal colic, gastrointestinal pain, irritation or spasm, diverticulitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Traditionally Wild Yam was also used to treat nausea in pregnancy, false labour pains, asthma, rheumatism and cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder due to gallstones).

Contraindications: none known.


Withania is an extremely useful herb from India and is used in the treatment of stress, fatigue, convalescence after acute illness or extreme stress, failure to thrive, debility, anaemia, chronic immune deficiency, leucopenia (low numbers of white blood cells) and cachexia (loss of muscle mass). It is also used for impotence, insomnia, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, post viral syndrome, drug abuse or addiction, as a tonic to the elderly, to improve physical performance and for adjunctive treatment (assist the primary treatment) in AIDS and HIV. Traditionally Withania was also used in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis, arthritis, rheumatism, senile dementia and the promotion of conception.

Contraindications: none known.

This herb is used in our Cortisol Calm Herbal Blend.


-  Studies have shown that Withania has a stimulatory effect on the thyroid by increasing the blood concentrations of thyroid hormones T3 and T4 while increasing the activity of the body’s antioxidant enzymes SOD and Catalase 1,2

- Chronically stressed people received varying doses of standardised Withania root and leaf extract or placebo for 60 days. The results found that Withania inhibited chronic stress-induced cortisol levels 3. Withania has traditionally been used in Asia for treating stress related health conditions.

Panda S, Kar A: Changes in thyroid hormone concentrations after the administration of withana root extract to adult male mice. J Pharmacol.1998 Sep;50(9):1065-1068.
2. Panda S, Kar A: Withania somnifera and Bauhinia purpurea in the regulation of circulating thyroid hormone concentrations in female mice. J Ethnopharmacol.1999 Nov 1; 67 (2):233-239.
3. Auddy, B., et al.  A standardized Withania Somnifera extract significantly reduces stress-related parameters in chronically stressed humans:  a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study.  Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association.  11(1):50-56, 2008.

Wood Betony

Wood Betony is used in the treatment of tension headache, dizziness, anxiety, neuralgia (nerve pain) and Meniere’s disease.

Contraindications: none known.



Yarrow is used in the treatment of amenorrhoea (lack of menstrual period), menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), gastrointestinal bleeding, haemorrhoids, blood in stools, haemoptysis (coughing up blood in mucous), high blood pressure and thrombosis (formation of a blood clot). It is also used for gastrointestinal spasm, common cold, influenza, fever, anorexia, dyspepsia (heartburn, bloating, upset stomach, burping and/or stomach pain), intestinal colic, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, dysentery and as a bath for painful cramping of the female reproductive tract. Topically Yarrow is used in the treatment of slow healing wounds and skin conditions. Traditionally Yarrow was also used for sore throat, chronic diseases of the urinary tract, urinary incontinence and as a tonic to the venous system and mucous membranes.

avoid in known allergy.

Yellow Dock

Yellow Dock is used in the treatment of chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It is also used for constipation, rheumatism, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Yellow Dock is traditionally used as a blood purifier or cleanser, making it an extremely valuable herb in assisting the liver to remove toxins from the blood or body tissues.

Contraindications: avoid excessive laxative doses especially in intestinal obstruction.

This herb is used in our Liver Detox Herbal Blend.

Yellow Dock - has traditionally been used in western herbal medicine to treat jaundice and bilious complaints 1,2. Yellow Dock has traditionally been seen as a blood purifier helping to improve the liver in removing toxic substances and poisons 1.

1. 16  British herbal medicine Association scientific committee: British herbal pharmacopoeia, Bournemouth, 1983 the HMA.
2. 13  Grieve M: a modern herbal, New York, 1971, Dover publications.




Zizyphus is used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, emotional stress, night sweats, excessive sweating resulting from debility, irritability, palpitations and high blood pressure. Traditionally Zizyphus was also used to nourish the liver and heart, to calm the spirit and to treat dream disturbed sleep.

Contraindications: none known.

Herbs should always be prescribed by a Qualified Herbalist who has the knowledge in treating disease. In some instances certain herbs can have contraindications in use, so it is important they are administered by a Certified Practitioner trained in Herbal Medicine.