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  • Hematura
    Blood in the urine.

  • Hemolytic
    A substance which destroys red blood cells
    breaking them open with the release of hemoglobin into the surrounding fluid.

  • Hemorrhoids
    Distended veins in the lining of the anus
    that may become enlarged and produce pain, swelling or bleeding.

  • Hemostatic
    Herbs that
    stop or slow bleeding, used either internally or externally.

  • Hepatic
    Term used to indicate that the liver is involved or for herbs that support and stimulate the liver, gall bladder and spleen, and increase the flow of bile.

  • Hiatal, Hiatus, Hernia
    Displacement of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm.

  • Homeostasis
    Equilibrium of internal environment
    despite changes in the external environment.

  • Hydragogue
    Promotes watery evacuation of the bowels.

  • Hyperglycemia
    An abnormal concentration of sugar in the blood.

  • Hypertensive
    Used to increase blood pressure or
    medical condition where the blood pressure is chronically elevated. .

  • Hypotensive
    Used to reduce blood pressure.



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