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— Acorus calamus. Family Aroideae. Calamus is a conventional Ayurvidec remedy for diarrhea and other digestive system disorders. The plant is also used to reduce flatulence, colic, and fight chronic diarrhea. Applied externally to relieve spasms and pains, especially those associated with arthritis. Relieves headaches.


— Calendula officinalis. Calendula is a precious herb applied for a wide range of conditions, including digestive ones, like gastritis, colitis, diarrhea, and so on. Additionally, it’s considered to be a valuable anti-septic, which is used for sores, wounds, and eye conditions. Occasionally, the herb is employed for fever reduction.

Californian Poppy

— Eschscholzia californica. Family Papaveraceae. Californian Poppy is used as a substitute to Opium Poppy. Its primary application consists in relieving spasms and pains of any origin, in addition to acting as a sedative medicine for those suffering from insomnia and anxiety.

Cannabis seed

— Cannabis sativae. Family Moraceae. Cannabis seed is applied for constipation linked with dryness. Additionally, it is used as an external remedy for hard-healing skin sores and wounds.


— Carum carvi. Umbelliferae. Caraway is a herb applied in a wide range of conditions, starting from digestive diseases, and ending with insufficient lactation in women. Caraway is especially beneficial when it comes to relieving intestinal colic in infants, it is also applied to induce appetite. Additionally, the plant is used for respiratory conditions, like asthma, and bronchitis.


— Elettaria cardamomum, Elettaria repens. Family Zingiberaceae. Cardamom is applied for a wide range of conditions, starting from digestive system abnormalities, like flatulence, indigestion and abdominal pains, and ending with respiratory system conditions, like bronchitis. It is additionally applied as a remedy to boost sexual desire.


— Ceratonia siliqua. Carob is applied for treating digestive tract conditions, like diarrhea, indigestion, and heartburn.


— Rhamnus purshiana. Family Rhamnaceae. Cascara is applied for treating constipation by stimulating bowel movement. It produces a mild effect on the intestine walls, increasing muscle contraction. Additionally the herb is applied for liver conditions, gallbladder dysfunction and gall stones. It increases bile secretion.


— Cassia tora. Cassia is primarily used for skin conditions, associated with itching and irritation. It is used for infant fevers, associated with teeth eruption. Additionally, the plant is considered potent of relieving eye conditions, and improving vision.

Castor Oil Plant

— Ricinus communis, Ricinus dicoccus. Family Euphorbiaceae. Castor oil is one of the most famously used laxative remedies, which is effective even in the strongest cases of constipation. Castor oil plant is additionally applied for stomach disorders, insufficient breast milk production, bowel helminthes, dropsy, and even asthma.

Cat's Claw

— Uncaria tomentosa. Cat’s Claw is applied for immunity disorders (including HIV). Additionally, it is used for inflammations, and minor body injuries.

Cat's Foot

— Antennaria dioica. Cat’s foot is primarily applied to induce gastric juice and bile production, as well as treat bile duct blockage of chronic character. Sometimes the herb is given for dysentery. Cat’s foot is also known to increase arterial tension.


— Nepeta cataria. Family Mint, Labiatae. Catnip is applied in a wide range of health conditions of different origin. Firstly, it’s beneficial for treating digestive complaints, like colic, indigestion, flatulence, and so on. Secondly, it’s applied for menstrual pains, and other menstrual problems. Thirdly, it’s applied to relieve coughs and treat chest congestion.


— Capsicum annuum, capsicum frutescens. Cayenne is applied as a pain relief for different types of pains, including those induced by arthritis, psoriasis, and occurring under various conditions like amputation and neuralgia. Externally applied to treat pains locally.


— Chelidonium majus. Celandine is known for its capacity to stimulate the digestive system. It fights constipation and works well on dropsy, eliminating water from the bowels. The plant is applied externally for inflammations, and skin conditions like eczema and herpes.


— Apium graveolens. Family Umbelliferae. Celery is primarily applied for rheumatic conditions like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. It is useful in treating several digestive conditions, and increasing appetite. Celery is sometimes used to control weight.


— Centaurium umbellatum, Erythraea centaurium, Centaurium erythraea. Family Gentianaceae. Centaury is highly beneficial for the digestive conditions. It is used to stimulate gastro-intestinal functionality, boost metabolic rates and increase appetite, especially in case of anorexia induced by liver deficiency. It additionally boosts bile movement and treats liver conditions.


— Anthemis nobilis, Matricaria chamomilla, Matricaria recutita. Family Compositae. Chamomile is a very popular herbal medicine, applied almost anywhere, from cosmetics to medical cases. It is commonly applied for digestive problems, including stomach ulcers, indigestion and more. Externally chamomile is applied to cure sores, wounds and eye conditions. Additionally used as a sedative remedy, even in course of pregnancy.


— Anthriscus cerefolium. Chervil is employed to enhance metabolic rates, relieve pains, including menstrual cramps. It is applicable in a range of conditions, from dropsy to eczema. In Europe the plant is used to lower arterial tension.


— Stellaria media. Chickweed has been used almost universally to treat different kinds of diseases, including those related to digestive and respiratory systems. Nowadays its most popular way of application is in form of a cream, used to soothe irritation caused by skin sores. Chickweed is also applied to treat tumors of various types, including those caused by cancer.


— Cichorium intybus. Chicory is primarily applied for gallbladder and liver conditions, like jaundice and gallstones. It is applied to induce bile movement and release gallstones from the gallbladder. Additionally it is used for digestive gland conditions.

Chinese gentian

— Gentianae longdancao. Family Gentianaceae. Chinese gentian is applied to relieve spasms, reduce fever, and treat inflammations. It may also be used in inflammatory conditions, accompanied by high blood pressure, hepatitis, cholecystitis, and so on.

Chinese quince

— Chaenomelis speciosa. Family Rosaceae. The herb is especially beneficial for arthritis and rheumatic diseases, different inflammations of rheumatic character. Additionally, it is applied as a digestive aid, boosting stomach functionality, and preventing vomits.


— Gentiana chirayita, Swertia chirata. Family Gentianaceae. The herb is applied to relieve stomach conditions, stimulate stomach functions, boost one’s metabolism, and treat bowel helminthes. It is additionally used for some respiratory conditions like bronchial asthma.


— Allium schoenoprasum sibericum, Allium tuberosum, Allium schoenoprasum. Family Liliaceae. Chives are applied to induce good appetite and increase digestive activity. It can also be used as a remedy for anemia, but its main application consists in it digestive effect.

Chrysanthemum flowers

— Chrysanthemum morifolium. Family Compositae. The flowers are used in a range of conditions, including liver diseases, fevers, and conditions accompanied by them, common colds, high blood pressure, and vision problems.


— Cinnamomum saigonicum; Cinnamomum laurus, Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum aromaticum; Cinnamomum zeylanicum. Family Lauraceae. Cinnamon is applied in a wide range of conditions, including pains of different types, like toothache, headache, and menstrual cramps. It is also used for respiratory conditions, like coughs, bronchitis, flu, and so on. Cinnamon relieves diarrhea and dysentery due to its astringent properties.

Cinnamon twig

— Ramulus cinnamomum. Family Lauraceae. Along with sassafras the herb is primarily applied to induce sufficient blood circulation, and promote urination. It is also beneficial for digestive problems, and pains of various types, including chest pains, rheumatic pains, and stomach pains.


— Galium aparine. In modern medicine cleavers is mostly applied as a topical remedy for skin sores and inflammations, as well as to prevent bleeding. Additionally the plant is applied internally, as a potent remedy for digestive conditions, like bowel and stomach catarrh, mucous membrane irritation. It is used to boost urination and treat urinary tract inflammations.


— Aristolochia manchuriensis, Akebia quinata, Caulis akebia trifoliata. Family Ranunculaceae. Clematis stem is a potent remedy applied in case of reproductive system disorders like amenorrhea and menstruation instability. Also used a medication for increasing lactation. Additionally applied to treat urinary system disorders and inflammations.

Clematis root

— Clematidis chinensis. Family Ranunculaceae. Clematis root is applied to relieve rheumatic conditions, treat bacterial infections, and induce urination. It is occasionally used to remove fish bones from the throat.


— Caryophyllus aromaticus, Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllata. Family Myrtaceae. Clove is known to possess digestive capacity, being potent of relieving flatulence, stomach complaints, diarrhea, and killing helminthes. It is additionally applied for various types of pains, especially toothache.

Cobra's Saffron

— Mesua coromandalina, Mesua Roxburghii, Mesua ferrea. Family Clusiaceae. Cobra’s Saffron is applied in a wide range of conditions, including digestive disorders, like constipation, indigestion, stomach conditions, piles, and so on. It is also used to relieve flatulence and is capable of inducing perspiration. The plant is a well-known snake poison neutralizer.


— Coicis lachryma-jobi. Family Gramineae. The herb is used to relieve liquid retention in the body and inflammations, for which purpose it is commonly mixed with other herbal remedies. Additionally, Coix is applied to treat arthritic and rheumatic conditions.


— Tussilago farfara. Coltsfoot is one of the most common remedies used for colds, coughs, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. Due to its expectorative capacity, this herb soothes the respiratory tract while simultaneously relieving spasms. Coltsfoot’s diuretic effect is beneficial in case of cystitis.


— Symphytum officinale. Family Boraginaceae. Comfrey has a wide range of applications. It is primarily used to heal sores and wounds, both external and internal. The herb is helpful in stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and hemorrhoids, and is topically applied for fractures, wounds, and sores. Additionally it is used for respiratory conditions like bronchitis and severe coughs.

Common Buckthorn

— Rhamnus cathartica. Family Rhamnaceae. Common Buckthorn is a well-known remedy for constipation. Due to its strong laxative effect it should be used only in case no alternative can help fight the condition.


— Marsdenia condurango. Family Asclepiadaceae. Condurango, due to its bitter properties, is applied in a wide range of digestive conditions, including loss of appetite, indigestion, and so on. It is also used to relieve flatulence and soothe the nervous system, when applied in conjunction with other remedies.


— Coptis chinensis, Rhizoma coptidis. Family Ranunculaceae. Coptis is an effective remedy for heat conditions, linked with insomnia, anxiety, and nervousness. It is also used for external infectious condition, like herpes simplex. The remedy is successfully applied for inflammations, abscesses, and conjunctivitis.

Coral root

— Corallorhiza odontorhiza. Coral root is a rare plant which is predominantly used to treat fevers, skin disorders, and fevers. It is also potent of inducing perspiration and calming down the nervous system, particularly, to relieve insomnia.


— Coriandrum sativum. Family Umbelliferae. Coriander has been a popular medicine for centuries. It is applied for digestive and respiratory conditions, like flatulence, colic induced by flatulence, gastric problems, indigestion, gallbladder conditions, coughs, influenza, fevers, and so on. A popular remedy for unpleasant breath and genital odor.

Corn Silk

— Zea mays. Family Graminaceae. Corn Silk is applied for a whole range of urinary conditions, including inflammatory ones, like cystitis, prostatitis, and urethritis. It can also be used for bladder problems and stones. When applied in these conditions, the herb can also relieve pains.


— Saussurea lappa. Costus is applied externally to relieve skin conditions, heal ulcers, wounds, and tumors. It may also be used for digestive conditions, like dyspepsia, and flatulence. The herb is beneficial for rheumatic pains, and is also used as an antihelminthic remedy.


— Agropyron repens. Family Graminaceae. Couchgrass is an effective anti-inflammatory remedy, which can be applied for urinary conditions, like prostatitis, urethritis, and cystitis. It is used for a wide range of inflammations. Couchgrass helps treat kidney stones.

Country Ipecacuanha

— Naregamla Alata. Family Meliaceae. Country Ipecacuanha is applied to treat coughs, bronchitis, especially bronchial inflammations, accompanied by symptoms of asthma. Additionally, it may be used to induce vomiting. It may also be applied to relieve dysentery and rheumatic conditions.

Country mallow

— Sida Spinosa, Sida Rhombifolia, Sida cordifolia. Family Malvaceae. Country mallow is a highly potent herb in Indial conventional medicine. The plant is used for treating rheumatism, soothing other kinds of pain, calming the nervous system down, boosting sexual desire, and treating hemorrhoids.

Cow bezoar

— Calculus bovis. The substance is highly useful for fevers, bacterial infections, and inflammations. It is applied in severe conditions, like encephalitis and meningitis. Cow bezoar is also used in fevers accompanied by convulsions.


— Carpopogon pruiens, Atmagupta, Mucuna pruriens, Dolichos pruiens Mucuna prutita. Cowitch is used to treat diarrhea, fight helminthes, stimulate the nervous system, rejuvenate the organism, and boost sexual desire. Acts as a pain relief in case of rheumatism.

Cramp Bark

— Viburnum opulus. Family Caprifoliaceae. Cramp Bark, as you can see from it name, is used to relieve cramps of different origin. It is applied to reduce muscular spasms, including spasms which appear in the uterus and ovaries. Thus, it can be applied to reduce menstrual cramps, and to prevent the possibility of miscarriage during pregnancy.


— Oxycoccus quadripetalus, Vaccinium macrocarpon. Family Ericaceae. Cranberry is widely applied to relieve urinary tract infections of any kind, including bladder and kidney conditions, like stones.