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The Sunlight Experiment's Herbal Database contains up to date evidence as well as traditional considerations for herbal products and extracts. Herbal medicine is not a thing of the past. The chemistry contained within plants is complex and powerful. 

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Abuta

(Cissampelos pariera)

Abuto is the South American species of the Cissempelos pariera species. It's used in both Amazonian medicinal systems and in India where it grows abundantly...

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Albizzia

(Albizzia lebbeck)

Albizzia is one of the best herbs for seasonal allergies and respiratory tract infections. It affects histamine to prevent or reduce the symptoms of allergies like...

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Aloe

(Aloe vera)

Aloe is most commonly known for its ability to treat burns and wounds. What is less known, however, is that aloe is also useful for treating inflammation of the...

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Angelica

(Angelica archangelica)

This herb got its name from stories suggesting it was passed down to earth by an angel as a cure for the plague. Now it's mainly used as an antispasmodic, bitter tonic, and...

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Arnica

(Arnica montana)

Arnica is a mountain grown flower with potent wound healing abilities. It can be used topically to prevent bruising, and speed wound healing.

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Artichoke

(Cynara scolymus)

Artichoke is a popular food crop, and potent anticholesterol medication. Its bitter components improve digestion, reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as...

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Ashwaghanda

(Withania somnifera)

Ashwaghanda is a well rounded, non-stimulating tonic herb. It's useful for strengthening a weak system caused by overstimulation and exhaustion. A perfect herb for...

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Bacopa

(Bacopa monieri)

Bacopa is a popular herb for improving cognitive function. It improves the formation and retrieval of memories, as well as concentration and focus...

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Bearberry

(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

Bearberry is used for a wide range of urinary tract conditions, and is one of the best for urinary tract infections. Its potent antibacterial actions make it useful for...

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Berberis

(Berberis)

Berberis is the genus name for a group of species that contain the alkaloid known as berberine. This alkaloid is a potent antibacterial, which is especially useful for...

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Black Ant

(Polyrhachis spp.)

Black ants contain a high dose of zinc and other minerals, vitamins, and protein. They are a great source of nutrition, especially for athletes...

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Buchu

(Agathosma betulina)

Buchu is an African medicinal plant species used mainly for urinary tract infections. It's aqueretic, which means it has the ability to improve blood flow to the...

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Bupleurum falciform

(Bupleurum)

Bupleurum is a popular herb in Chinese herbal medicine, and is found in a large number of herbal formulations. Modern resesarch has spent a lot of time investigating its...

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Cacao

(Theobroma cacao)

Cacao is the tree that gives us chocolate. The seed pods are high in the alkaloid theobromine, which is colsely related to caffeine, but varies slightly. Cacao is also...

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Calendula

(Calendula officinalis)

Calendula is specific for the skin, possessing strong vulnerary and antinflammatory properties. It's also very useful internally for female menstrual disorders...

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Camu-camu

(Myriciaria dubia)

Camu-camu has the highest concentration of vitamin C out of any fruit in the world. It has up to 100 times the vitamin C content of oranges, 10 times the iron, 3 times the...

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Cascara Sagrada

(Rhamnus purshiana)

Cascara sagrada bark is used as a laxative and lower digestive tonic. The raw bark is much to strong to be used safely, so it is aged for threee years before use...

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Cashew

(Anacardium occidentale)

Cashew nuts are a great source of protein and trace minerals. The plant behind the cashew is even more useful as a medicine however. The leaves and bark can be used for...

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Cat's Claw

(Uncaria tomentosa)

Cat's claw has seen a surge in popularity lately for its candidacy as a potent supportive agent for cancer. It's also a great immune enhancer and stress reduction agent...

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Catuaba

(Trichilia catigua)

There are many plants in the Amazon rainforest that go by the common name catuaba. The Sunlight Experiment prefers the Trichilia catigua species for most conditions...

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Chaste Tree

(Vitex agnus-castus)

Chaste berry has been used in the past to reduce libido. it is ironic then that it's also great for treating reproductive insufficiencies and increasing fertility...

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Chelidonium

(Chelidonium majus)

Also known as greater celandine. This herb is contained in the same family as the opium poppy. Although it doesn't contain the alkaloids that give us morphine...

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Clavo Huasca

(Tynanthus panurensis)

Clavo Huasca is a large woody vine found in the Amazon rainforest. it is mainly used as an aphrodisiac and as a replacement for clove in the region. Its resemblence to clove...

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Codonopsis

(Codonopsis pilosa)

Codonopsis, also known as "poor mans ginseng" is a popular herb in traditional Chinese medicine. It's used to treat cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, fatigue, and...

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Coffee

(Coffea arabica)

Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the entire world. Contrary to popular belief, its beautiful stimulating nature, and potent antioxidant profile make it a great health beverage...

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Coleus

(Coleus fosrskohlii)

Coleus doesn't have a wide history of use, but has become incredibly popular as a heart medication and nootropic in recent years...

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Couchgrass

(Eltrygia repens)

Couchgrass is mainly used for urinary tract infections and gout. Many consider this useful herb an annoying garden pest and don't recognize the potential for medical value...

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Damiana

(Turnera diffusa)

Damiana is best known as an aphrodisiac. Additionally, it can be used as an effective antianxiety, and mild sedative. Topically is posesses antimicrobial and...

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Eleuthero Root

(Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Also known as Siberian ginseng, this herb is specific for reducing the negative effects of stress, and improving athletic performance. It was popularized in the 1970's by...

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Ephedra

(Ephedra sinica)

Ephedra, otherwise known as Ma-Huang, is most commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Its main action due to an alkaloid that mimics the effects of epinephrine in our body...

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Fennel

(Foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel has over 100 common names due to its worldwide popularity. It is used medicinally for a range of actions that seem to focus on the digestive tract. The seeds are...

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Feverfew

(Tanecetum vulgare)

Feverfew is the best known herb for treating migraine headaches. Despite its name, however, it isn't very good for...

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German Chamomile

(Matricaria chamomila)

German Chamomile is a sedative, carminative, and antibacterial suitable for adults and children alike. It makes a delicious night time tea, and the essential oil is used for...

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Ginger

(Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is by far one of the most renowned and well known herbs of all time. It's no surprise then that this delicious spicy root has a long list of medicinal benefits...

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Ginseng (Asian)

(Panax ginseng)

Ginseng is a bit of a king amongst the herb world. It has a very long history of use, especially around China and Korea where it originated. It's used to promote longevity...

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Gotu Kola

(Centella asiatica)

Gotu kola has been used for thousands of years, mainly in the Ayurvedic medical system of India. It improves mitochondrial function, and is a popular addition to nootropic...

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Guarana

(Paulinia cupana)

Guarana seeds contain double the caffeine as coffee. This Amazonian medicinal plant is a great addition to supplements and smoothies for its stimulating, antioxidant effects...

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Hawthorn

(Crataegus oxycanthus)

Hawthorn berries and leaves are considered one of the best cardiotonic herbs on earth. They are used as a preventative for heart diseases of all different kinds...

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Horsetail

(Equisetum arvense)

Horsetail is a common weed to wetter areas. It's an ancient species of plant, spreading itself via spores in a similar manner to fungi or ferns. It's high in silica which...

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Hops

(Humulus lupulus)

Hops are one of the main ingredients of beer. They provide a pleasant, bitter flavor to the brew. Medicinally hops are highly sedating and estrogenic...

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Juniper

(Juniperus communis)

Juniper berries are potent antiseptics when applied both topically and internally. They are often used to prevent the spread of infection and to treat urinary tract...

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Kava kava

(Piper methysticum)

Kava kava is a calming herb that can also improve focus and concentration. This makes it perfect for work related stress, public speaking, and social axiety at work or school...

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Maca

(Lepidium meyenii)

Maca is a famous South American root vegetable with adaptogenic properties. It works to balance hormones directly through the hypothalamus, and provides a rich source of...

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Marshmallow

(Althaea officinalis)

Marshmallow root has a high concentration of soothing mucilage. It can be concentrated and used as a vegan alternative for egg whites. Medicinally the mucilage is used to...

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Milk Thistle

(Silybum marianum)

Milk thistle is renowned for its ability to improve the flow of milk in lactating females, and treat liver conditions of all kinds. It works by increasing the...

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Muira Puama

(Ptychopetalum olacoides)

Muira puama is highly beneficial for age related disorders of all kinds. it slows the progression of Alzheimers, improves memory, cognitive, and sexual function..

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Olive Leaf

(Olea europea)

Olive leaf is commonly used as an antibacterial and antiviral supplement. Its even better application is on heart health. Promoting lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol...

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Passionflower

(Passiflora spp.)

Passionflower has many uses, and comes in many different varieties. Originating from South America, it can be found growing all over the world. Its main use is to lower stress and...

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Pau D'Arco

(Tabebuia avellanedae)

Pau D'arco is a large canopy tree of the Amazon rainforest. The bark and heartwood are mainly used as medicine over the rest of the plant. Out of its many benefits...

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Peppermint

(Mentha piperita)

Peppermints volatile oil contains a rich source of the characteristic menthol. this chemical is often used as a flavouring agent. It is also a great carminative, and...

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Periwinkle

(Vinica major)

Periwinkle is used to treat bleeding and other related disorders. Its concentrated extract is used in nootropic formulas to improve blood flow to the brain...

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Pine

(Pinus spp.)

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Red Clover

(Trifolium pratense)

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Rhemmania

(Rehmannia glutinosa)

Rehmannia is an important traditional Chinese medicinal herb for treating "heat" conditions. In western herbal medicine the conditions this herb is used for strike a similar resemblance...

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Rhubarb

(Rheum palmatum)

Rhubarb is a large leaved perennial common in northern climates. The stalks are used as a flavouring for their tart flavour, and the rhizome is used as medicine...

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Rosewood

(Aniba roseodora)

Rosewood essential oil is highly valued for its aroma, and use for correcting skin conditions. Unfortunatly this herb is associated with a large degree of environmental...

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Samambaia

(Polypodium leucotomos)

Samambaia is a fern found growing in the Amazon rainforest. It's one of the best herbs around for treating skin and brain disorders. Especially psoriasis, vitiligo, and...

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Sarsaparilla

(Smilax spp.)

Sarsaparilla is a root found growing all over the world. It has a long history of use in both China and the South American Amazon rainforest for much the same uses...

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Saw Palmetto

(Serenoa repens)

Saw palmetto is a member of the palm tree family. The seeds of this plant are used to treat a variety of male aging problems like BPH, male pattern baldness, respiratory...

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Senna

(Cassia angustifolia)

Cassia is also referred to comonly as senna. It's a medium sized tree with brown seed pods. These seed pods are used as medicine. The main action of this herb is laxitive...

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Shatvari

(Asparagus racemosus)

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Scisandra

(Schisandra chinensis)

Schisandra is known commonly as the "5 flavor berry". In Chinese medicine, it's used to tone all 5 flavors. In western herbal medicine, it's used just as vaguely, to tone the...

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Skullcap (American)

(Scutellaria lateriflora)

American skullcap is considered to be the better nervine out of the skullcaps, which in turn are already considered to be one of the best in the world...

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Skullcap (Chinese)

(Scutellaria baicalensis)

Skullcap is one of the best nervines on earth. The Chinese variety still has these nervine qualities, but is the best species for its anti-allergic, and antinflammatory...

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Slippery Elm

(Ulmus rubra/fulva)

Slippery elm bark is high in nutritious mucilage. It's great for treating all kinds of inflammation both inside and out. Internally, it can be used for conditions like...

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Stevia

(Stevia rebaudiana)

Stevia is used as a sugar alternative and antidiabetic. The source of stevias sweetness comes from special phytochemicals known as glycosides. They are up to 160 times sweeter...

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Stinging Nettle

(Urticaria dioica)

Stinging nettle is nutritious, antinflammatory, and antioxidant. It's used for a wide range of conditions. One of the most interesting uses is known as urtication...

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Suma

(Pfaffia paniculata)

Suma, otherwise known as pfaffia, or Brazilian ginseng, is one of the most well rounded herbs in the entire Amazon rainforest. It's an adaptogen, and improves...

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Tea

Camellia sinensis

Camellia sinensis is the plant that brings us tea in all its many colors and flavors. It has a fairly high level of caffeine, and plenty of antioxidants. It makes a great tea for...

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Tinder Conk

(Fomes fomentarius)

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Tribulus

(Tribulus terrestris)

Tribulus is a small hardy shrub. Its main use is as an aphrodisiac and cardiotonic. Its mechanism of action involves gently stimulating and toning the...

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Turmeric

(Curcuma longa)

Turmeric is one of the oldest herbal medicines in the world. The benefits of turmeric are many, and its broad yet powerful actions have landed it among the most highly...

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Usnea

(Usnea spp.)

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Vanilla

(Vanilla planifolium)

Vanilla comes from the seed pod of an orchid. The plant can grow to massive lengths and rarely flowers. It's by far one of the most widely used and well known herbs on earth...

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Walnut

(Juglans nigra)

Walnut is a very versatile tree. The bark is used as a potent astringent, and the green, unripe husks make for a great antiparasitic agent. The husks can be extracted and made into...

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Wormwood

(Artemisia absinthium)

Wormwood is commonly used to treat parasites, induce sweating to lower fevers, and is a central ingredient in making absinthe. The main constituent is thujone, which is...

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Yarrow

(Achillea millefolium)

This useful plant is commonly applied to wounds to stop blood leakage, and is a strong bitter useful for liver, glallbladder, and digestive conditions...

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Yerba Maté

(Ilex paraguraiensis)

Yerba maté is a large Amazonian tree. Its leathery leaves are dried and consumed as a tea similarily to green and black tea. It's a potent source of caffeine and antioxidants...

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Ylang-ylang

(Cananga odorata)

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