Glossary of health related terms

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  • Calmative
    Gentle hypnotic or sedative that calms nerves.
  • Candida
    Yeastlike fungi
    commonly found in many areas of the body such as the intestinal tract and vagina.  It can become infectious in immunocompromised persons.
  • Candida Albicans
    causal agent of opportunistic and vaginal infections in humans; the fungus responsible for monilial.
  • Cardiac
    Relating to heart tonic or restorative.
  • Carminative
    improves digestion and relieves flatus and colic while promoting peristalsis.
  • Carbuncle
    Painful infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues with production and discharge of pus and dead tissue, similar to a boil (faruncle) but more severe and with a multiple sinus formation; usually caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus.
  • Cataplasm
    Another name for poultice
    is a soft moist mass, often heated with herbal medications, that is spread on the skin to treat an aching, inflamed, infected, cancerous part of the body.
  • Ctarrh
    Inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the nose and throat, with a discharge.
  • Cathartic
    A strong laxative which
    purges or cleanses, usually in reference to the bowels.  Can also pertain to the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions
  • Cell Proliferator
    Encourages cell growth and the formation of new tissue to speed the healing process.
  • Cholagogue
    A medicinal herb(s) that stimulates bile flow from the gall bladder and bile ducts into the duodenum.
  • Chronic
    Designating a disease showing little change or of slow progression,
    characterized by long suffering; opposite of acute.   
  • Cimcifuga
    Means to drive away bugs, neutralizes rattlesnake bites and scorpion stings.
  • Colic
    Spasmodic pain effecting smooth muscle, such as the intestines, gall bladder, or urinary tract.  A
    bdominal pain torture for the baby or equine.
  • Colitis
    Inflammation of the colon
    often caused by a primary disease, irritation of the bowel, antibiotic use, or ulceration.  Symptoms may include abdominal pain or bloating, diarrhea, dehydration, and increased intestinal gas.
  • Condiment
    Improves the flavor of food.  C
    an be salty, spicy, or savory and may be in the form of a relish, sauce, or mixtures of herbs and spices.
  • Convalescence
    The period of recovery after termination of a disease or an operation.
  • Counterirritant
    Causing irritation in one part to relieve pain in another part.  Such as an herb
    topically applied that will increases circulation to the area and provide temporary relief of deep seated painful irritations.
  • Cyst
    An abnormal lump or swelling
    sac-like structure, filled with fluid or semi-solid cheesy material, in any body organ or tissue.
  • Cystitis
    of the bladder or ureters, which connect the kidneys and bladder.  It is usually caused by a bacterial infection.



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