Here is part three of my glossary that I would like to share with you:
ECZEMA chronic skin inflammation
EDEMA accumulation of fluid in tissues (swelling)
EMETIC produces vomiting
EMMENAGOGUE induces monthly
EMOLLIENT softens and soothes inflamed parts
(when used internally it is called a demulcent)
ENTERITIS inflammation of the small intestine
ENTERVATE to deprive of strength, vigor; to weaken physically and mentally
EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS the virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and that is associated with Burkitt's lymphoma and nasopharyngeal cancer.
ESTROGEN hormone that exert female characteristics
EXANTHEMATOUS remedy for skin eruptions and diseases
EXPECTORANT substance that causes mucus in the lungs and bronchial passages to come out more easily, usually through coughing ( or encourages the loosening and removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract.)
FEBRIFUGE reduces fevers
FISTULA an abnormal passage between two internal organs, or from an organ to the surface of the body
FLACCID not firm or stiff; limp; lacking in force or vigor
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION The U.S federal agency that protects the public against health hazards from food and food additives and ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, and dietary supplements.
FORMULATION a drug product prepared according to a specific composition
FREE RADICAL A molecule containing an odd number of electrons. Some researchers believe free radicals may play a role in cancer development by interacting with DNA and impairing normal cell function
CALACTOGOGUE agent that promotes the flow of milk
GALLBLADDER the pear-shaped organ located just under the liver that acts as a bile reservoir.
GASTRITIS inflammation of the stomach lining ( intestinal tract)
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE Inflammation of the esophagus caused by back-flow of acid from the stomach. Its main symptom is chronic heartburn
GIARDIA a genus of flagellate protozoa some of which are parasitic in the intestinal tract of man and domestic animal; transmitted by ingestion of cysts in fecal contaminated water and food; interfere with the absorption of facts; boiling water inactivates them
GINGIVITIS inflammation of the gums
GLAUCOMA a condition in which the pressure of the fluid in the eye is so high that it causes damage
GOITER an enlargement of the thyroid gland that causes swelling in the front of the neck
GOUT inflammation of joints caused by uric acid crystals lodging in them.
GRAIN the smallest unit of weight in the apothecary system, equivalent to 0.06 gram
GRAM the basic unit of weight in the metric system, equivalent to 1/1000 of a kilogram or three one hundredths (0.03) of an ounce
HEART ATTACK sudden blockage of one or more of the arteries that supply blood to the heart, causing damage to the heart muscle
HEMATURIA blood in the urine
HEMOLYTIC a substance which destroys red blood cells
HEMORRHAGE bleeding, usually rapid and significant
HEMORRHOID an abnormally swollen vein beneath the lining of the anal canal or near the anus that may cause itching, pain or bleeding
HEMOSTATIC stop bleeding
HEPATIC herbs that support and stimulate the liver, gall bladder and spleen and increase the flow of bile.
HEPATITIS inflammation of the liver
HERPETIC a remedy for skin diseases of all types
HERNIA the projection or out pouching of an organ or a part of an organ through the wall that normally contains it.
HISTAMINE a chemical found in all tissues that causes tiny arteries called capillaries to widen, makes smooth muscles contract, increases the heart rate, causes blood pressure to drop, and promotes secretion of stomach acids. Histamine is formed and released during allergic reactions.
HIVES Itchy, raised, red areas of inflamed skin caused by an allergic reaction
HOMEOSTASIS equilibrium of internal environment
HYDRAGOGUE promotes watery evacuation of the bowels
HYPERTENSIVE used to increase blood pressure
HYPNOTIC induces sleep
HYPOGLYCEMIA abnormal concentration of sugar in the blood ( low blood sugar)
HYPOTENSIVE used to reduce blood pressure
IMMUNOSTIMULANT a substance that stimulates the immune system's health and ability to respond to disease either gradually or quickly
INCONTINENCE the inability to control urination or defecation
INDOLENT sluggish; casing little or no pain
INFUSION An extremely strong tea made with either hot or cold water and and herb
IRRITANT induces a local inflammation
INTERFERON a potent immune enhancing substance that is produced by the body's cells to fight off viral infection and cancer