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False Unicorn

Fennel Seed

Feverfew

Figwort

Folic Acid

Fringetree Bark

False Unicorn Root (Chamaelirium luteum) Reproductive tonic, used for delayed menses, leukorrhea ovarian pain, female infertility, male impotence. Contains estrogen precursors. Eases vomiting in pregnancy (small doses). Helps prevent threatened miscarriage.

Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) Aids digestion; relieves flatulence and colic; expels mucous; increases lactation; aids weight loss; flavoring agent; increases digestibility of other herbs.

Feverfew (Tanacctum parthenium) Anti-inflammatory, used for rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headache relief(long term basis), asthma and bronchitis. Mild febrifuge, especially good for children. Topically to relieve swelling from insect bites.

Figwort (Scrophularia spp.) Internally and topically for eczema, scrofula, cradle cap psoriasis, itching and irritated skin. Avoid in cases of tachycardia.

Folic Acid (Folacin) is important in red blood cell formation. It aids the metabolism of proteins, and is necessary for growth and division of body cells. Signs of deficiency include poor growth, gastrointestinal disorders, anemia, and poor memory. Recommended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health): Infants: 0.03 - 0.045 mg; Children: 0.1 - 0.4 mg; Adults: 0.4 mg. There are no known toxic effects.
University of Alabama nutritionists have found that precancerous lesions caused by smoking, which inactivates certain vitamins, was significantly reversed with daily supplementation of 10 mg of folic acid and 500 mcg of B12. In THE LANCET, 7/25/87, studies indicated that folate (folic acid) deficiency may have been a cause of neurological degeneration in AIDS patients. Once again the balance of nutrients comes into play. High dosages of folic acid may interfere with dietary zinc absorption indicating that plasma zinc levels should be monitored. Also, high folic acid levels could mask a vitamin B-12 deficiency. For this reason, folic acid and B-12 are often taken together.

Fringetree Bark (Chionanthus virginicus) Hepatic, cholagogue; alterative; diuretic. Used for liver problems, gall bladder inflammation and stones. A gentle, effective laxative. (top)