Unit 1. Analyse herbs in prescription for gastric trouble

Prescription for a person experiencing gastric pain and bloating, bouts of diarrhoea and unsatisfactory evacuation, and urinary tract infection, after having been diagnosed as a coeliac and suffering a viral infection.


Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria)

* Astringent, toning and healing to digestive and urinary tracts, and helping to relieve the see-saw movement between tension (incomplete-feeling evacuation) and diarrhoea.

* Vulnerary, healing to the digestive tracts.

* Bitter, encouraging the production of gastric juices which aid digestion.

German chamomile (chamomilla recutita) 

* Carminative, sedative and tonic: relaxing and relieving gastric tension, pain and bloating/gas.

* Anti-inflammatory, calming inflamed gut.

* Bitter, encouraging the production of gastric juices which aid digestion.

Lemon balm (melissa officinalis)

* Carminative, sedative and tonic: relaxing and relieving gastric tension, pain and bloating/gas.

* Anti-inflammatory, calming inflamed gut.

Lavender (lavendula officinalis)

* Anti-spasmodic, reducing the pain of diarrhoea spasms and helping to regulate evactuation.

* Anti-inflammatory, calming the inflamed gut.

* Bitter, encouraging the production of gastric juices which aid digestion.

Black walnut hull – juglans nigra

* Anti-inflammatory, helping to heal the gut wall.

* Anti-viral and anti-fungal, helpful for urinary tract infection.

* Prebiotic, supporting the repopulation of the gut with beneficial bacteria following viral infection.

* Tannins help to clear up excessive mucus in the gut.


Resources used: Grieve’s A Modern Herbal (books and online version), Hedgerow Medicine by Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal, Matthew Woods’s Wood Herbs blog, the Mountain Rose Herbs’ blog.