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Sacred Creeping Grass

— Eragrostis cynosuriodes. Family Poaceae. The herb is primarily applied for dysentery and other intestinal conditions. Additionally, it can be used for different types of hemorrhage, like hemorrhoids, and so on.


— Carthamus tinctorius. Family Asteraceae. Safflower is known to induce excessive sweating, and thus is applied for treating colds. Additionally used to cure uterus inflammations after child delivery.


— Crocus saffron, Crocus sativus. Family Iridaceae. Aside from its application as an aromatic component and a spice, saffron is also applied for treating meteorism, insomnia, coughs of different origin. It aids the digestive system and treats bowel conditions. Also applied to induce menstruation and cure headaches. If applied externally, saffron is used for skin sores and snake bites.

Salep Orchid

— Orchis laxiflora, Orchis mascula, Orchis latifolia, Allium Macleani. Salep Orchid is used to stimulate proper body functionality, treat impotence, dysentery, and diarrhea. Additionally, it can be used for sexual and nervous debility.


— S-Adenosylmethionine. SAMe is successfully used to treat depression, osteoarthritis, and is also known to produce positive effect in case of some liver conditions, Parkninson’s disease, and Gilbert’s syndrome. Produces an effect equal to some antidepressants and is even more effective in some cases.


— Santalum album. Family Santalaceae. Sandalwood is applied for a wide range of conditions. It is beneficial for the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and nervous systems. The herb relieves fevers, and inflammations of any origin. It can be used for bronchitis, and inflammations of mucous membranes. The herb is applied for skin ulcers of bacterial character.

Sankh Pushpi

— Canscora decussata. Family Gentianaceae. Sankh Pushpi is used to treat nervous, particularly brain disorders, as it stabilizes the central nervous system and improves one’s memory. Moreover, the herb is used to boost metabolism.


— Herba sargassii. Family Sargassum. Sargassum is effective in treating bacterial infections, decreasing cholesterol levels in blood, and regulating the thyroid. It is additionally employed to treat lymphatic gland swellings and other lumps.


— Rauvolfia canescens, Rauwolfia serpentina. Family Apocynaceae. Sapra-gandha is known to stimulate the digestive system, treat bowel pains, calm the nervous system, acting as a sedative even in case of insanity. Additionally applied for dysentery, high blood pressure, and fevers.


— Gymnema sylvestre, Asclepias geminata. Family Asclepiadaceae. Sarpadarushtrika is primarily applied as a sugar-reducing remedy, and thus can be safely used in diabetes. It acts by stimulating insulin production, thus decreasing sugar level in blood. It also stimulates circulation and heart activity. In addition to its primary capacity, the herb is known to induce urination.


— Smilax officinalis, Ichnocarpus fruitescens, Echites frutscens, Apocymene frutescens. Family Liliaceae, Apocynaceae. Sarsaparilla’s primary use consists in purifying blood. Due to this reason the remedy is applied in a wide range of conditions, starting from arthritic pains, sores, and skin inflammations, and ending with flatulence, urinary tract infections and inflammations. It is additionally applied to treat impotence.


— Sassafras officinale, Sassafras albidum. Sassafras is known for its ability to produce a febrifuge effect, and act as a metabolic booster. It’s also used as a diuretic, ridding the organism of excess liquid. Improves blood circulation and is referred to as a good pain reducer.

Saw Palmetto

— Sabal Serrulata, Serenoa repens. Saw Palmetto is primarily applied to relieve male reproductive system conditions, like prostate enlargement, and other inflammations. It is also beneficial for urinary tract infections. Additionally, the herb can be applied to relieve respiratory conditions, like acute coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.


— Allii fistulosi. Family Liliaceae. Scallion is efficient in treating influenza and colds at their primary stages. It relieves pulmonary or sinus congestion, and also promotes perspiration, necessary to reduce fever.


— Schisandra chinensis. Schisandra is primarily applied for pulmonary congestion and kidney conditions, but may also be used to support liver functionality and digestive activity. It is used to energize the body in general and may be taken in case of body weakness.


— Seuflos schizonepetae tenuifolia. Family Labiatae. The herb is primarily applied for skin conditions like measles, to induce their healing. It is beneficial for womb bleeding and bloody faeces. Additionally, the herb is applied at the primary stage of common colds, linked with sore-throat.


— Scrophulariae ningpoensis. Family Scrophulariaceae. The herb is applied to reduce fevers, treat lymphatic inflammations and acute sore-throats. It is particularly beneficial for conditions, associated with fevers.


— Scutellariae baicalensis. Family Labiatae. Scute is a Chinese herb applied in case of damp heat in the upper corpus. It is used for conditions accompanied by yellow phlegm expectoration, skin diseases, dysentery, jaundice and diarrhea. The herb is particularly useful in cases of elevated arterial tension.


— Cassia senna, Cassia angustifolia, Cassia acutiplia. Family Leguminosae. Senna is known for its strong purgative capacity, which results from the irritation and further bowel movement it causes. The herb produces a strong effect, and is applied in cases of the strongest constipations.


— Sesamum luteum, Sesamum indicum, Sesamum trifoliatum, Sesamum orientale. Family Pedaliaceae. Sesame is used to heal wounds, ulcers, scalds, treat hemorrhoids, relieve constipation, and reduce pains. Additionally, it may be used for serious conditions, like cholera.

Shephards Purse

— Capsella bursa-pastoris. Family Cruciferae. Due to its astringent properties, the herb is applied for healing any kind of bleeding, including excessive menstrual bleeding, and any type of internal hemorrhage. It is potent of treating diarrhea, as well.


— Lentinula edodes. Shiitake is considered a highly potent remedy in Chinese medicine. It is used as an aid in viral and bacterial infections, immunity disorders, like HIV, and any type of hepatitis. The remedy is also effective in killing helminthes and treating common diseases, like colds.


— Potentilla anserina. Due to its astringent properties the herb is used to relieve diarrhea and, possibly, dysentery. As an anti-spasmodic remedy it is applied in combination with German chamomile and balm leaves.


— Scutellaria laterifolia. Family Labiatae. Skullcap is known to produce a sedative effect. It carefully treats the nervous system, stimulating its functions. Additionally the herb is applied for reducing arterial tension.

Skunk Cabbage

— Symplocarpus foetidus. Family Araceae. Skunk Cabbage is applied in a range of respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, severe coughs, and some pulmonary diseases. It may also be used to reduce spasms associated with these conditions, as well as relieve fevers, due to its diuretic effect.

Slippery Elm

— Ulmus fulva. Family Ulmaceae. Slippery Elm is especially beneficial for conditions, associated with spasms and inflammations in the respiratory system. It can additionally be used to relieve diarrhea, and may be used to improve digestion in the period of recovery.

Small Caltrops

— Tribulus aeylanicus, Tribulus lanuginosus, Tribulus terrestris. Family Zygophyllaceae. Small Caltrops is an essential Ayurvedic herb which is believed to increase vitality. This herb is commonly applied to improve digestive functionality, treat urinary and genital infections, and even relieve erectile dysfunction.

Smooth Alder

— Alnus serrulata. Smooth alder is successfully applied as a gargle for sore throats. Due to its astringency, it is used internally for diarrhea, and any kind of bleeding. As a topical remedy, it can be used for skin conditions, like scabies, as well as lice.

Snake Root

— Polygala senega. Family Aristolochiaceae. Snake Root is a herb used to relieve coughing, bronchitis, asthma, and other conditions, associated with hard expectoration. As a gargle it can be applied for laryngitis and pharyngitis.


— Sophorae flavescentis. Family Leguminosae. Sophora is known to treat acute urinary infections, as well as excessive vaginal or anal discharge. It may be applied for bowel helminthes. As a topical remedy it will fit for itching in the genitalia.


— Oxalis corniculata. Family Oxalidaceae. Sorrel is an anti-inflammatory remedy, also used to treat fevers, scurvy, boost appetite and treat diarrhea.


— Sojae praeparatum. Family Leguminosae. Soy is a widely used food and medical supplement which is rich in nutritional substances, essential for the body. Being rich in protein, soy is used as a substitute for animal products, and is capable of preventing cancer. It is applied as a digestive stimulant, and serves as an aid in indigestion, and other gastro-intestinal disorders.


— Spirulina platensis, Spirulina maxima. Spirulina is an alga rich in protein due to which aim it can be used as a replacement for protein-containing products. Its small quantities may substitute whole servings of vegetables. Spirulina is used for treating obesity and controlling body weight.

St. John's Wort

— Hypericum Perforatum. St. John’s Wort was discovered as a potent anti-depressant long ago, and since it has successfully been used to treat nervous disorders of different kinds, starting from already mentioned depression, and ending with insomnia. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory remedy and a pain soothing medicine.

Stemona root

— Radix stemonae. Family Stemonaceae. Stemona root’s primary application consists in using it for severe and recurrent coughs. Additionally the plant is applied for treating parasites, including bacterial and fungal infections.

Stephania root

— Stephaniae tetrandrae. Family Menispermaceae. Stephania root is successfully applied to relieve inflammations, particularly in rheumatic and arthritic conditions. It may be also applied to decrease blood pressure, treat edema and lymphedema. Moreover, Stephania root increases breast milk supply in a nursing woman.


— Stevia rebaudiana. Stevia is used for sweetening purposes instead sugar and is devoid of its side effects, for which reason it can be safely applied by diabetic patients. It is also stated to decrease blood pressure.

Stone Root

— Collinsonia canadensis. Family Labiatae. Stone Root is one of the most effective herbs for stone and gravel in the urinary tract and gallbladder. It is used both as a preventative and as a treatment for the above mentioned conditions. The herb is also known to be a powerful diuretic.


— Drosera rotundifolia. Family Droseraceae. Sundew is a popular herb employed for treating respiratory conditions of any kind, from coughs and bronchitis, to asthma. Not only it can promote expectoration, but also neutralize the bacteria which cause respiratory conditions.

Sweet Annie

— Artemisiae annuae. Family Compositae. Sweet Annie is a potent anti-inflammatory applied to treat fevers of any type and origin, especially those provoked by malaria. It is additionally applied for infections induced by bacteria and fungi.

White Musali

— Asparagus adscendens. White Musali is applied to relieve pains, treat sexual and general debility. Additionally it can be used for nourishing the digestive system and treating diarrhea. It may be taken by pregnant women to supply the fetus with necessary ingredients.


— Salix spp. Family Salicaceae. Willow is primarily applied in a range of cases, where aspirin is called for, exactly: various pains and inflammations, rheumatic conditions, and so on. Due to tannin content the herb may also be used to relieve some digestive disorders.