The following is excerpted from The Professional's Herbal Formula Handbook No. 14, comprising 93 pages of traditional information and recent scientific data that describes the medical properties, physiological action and therapeutic uses for each of the 24 ingredients outlined in this formula.
Adaptogenic, alterative, anabolic, anodyne, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-catarrhal, anti-dyscratic, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic, astringent, anti-tussive, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), biocatalyst, cell proliferant, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, demulcent, disinfectant, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), mucilaginous, nutritive, rejuvenative, relaxant, restorative, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic and viricidal (anti-viral).
Alleviates any general fluids dyscrasia (abnormal or pathological condition) within the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract that leads to the onset of various degenerative or debilitative conditions associated with bronchitis, colds, coughs, fever, influenza and various other catarrhal disorders throughout the gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts, and eliminates any form of cachexia (state of malnourishment and general debility) throughout the blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes of the lungs, sinus cavities, bronchial or nasal passages and throat region; displays anti-catarrhal and expectorant properties in order to accelerate and strengthen the functional capabilities of the entire expectoration process, thereby facilitating the expulsion of any excessive gummy mucoid or phlegmatic accumulations from the entire respiratory tract (including the lungs, sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages) that leads to sinus congestion, sinusitis and other related infectious disorders; demonstrates diuretic, astringent and expectorant activity, due to the presence of phenolic acids (caffeic, chlorogenic, lithospermic and rosmarinic) and phenols or phenolic glycosides (allantoin, flavonoids [isobauerenol] and tannins); relieves any bronchial irritation or catarrh accompanied by cough and dypsnea (shortness of breath or difficult breathing conditions), and eliminates any congestive or chronic catarrhal conditions within the respiratory structures accompanied by capillary bleeding and excessive phlegm or mucus discharges; exhibits demulcent, emollient and mucilaginous properties in order to soothe and protect any irritated or inflamed internal tissues in those conditions involving bronchitis, irritative coughs and various upper respiratory disorders, due to the presence of complex mucilaginous substances (mucins) that are composed of a polysaccharide containing glucose and fructose; expels any excess mucus deposits from the air and lung passages by chemically irritating the lining of the bronchioles in order to facilitate the expulsion of various toxic waste materials, and displays anodyne properties in order to soothe the pain associated with any tender, inflamed or suppurative conditions; exhibits cytophylactic and cytotoxic activity in order to provide stronger cellular defense mechanisms against many physical or chemical agents, and displays anti-infective and disinfectant properties in order to promote increased resistance by destroying any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria, microbes or viruses that are often responsible for various infectious states or inflammatory conditions; exhibits bacteriostatic, microbicidal and viricidal activity in order to strengthen and increase the resistance of the blood vessels against any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria, microbes or viruses throughout the bronchial and sinus mucosa (such as Streptococcus agalactia and Staphlococcus spp.), as well as to inhibit the further development of any inflammatory or infectious conditions associated with the onset of bronchitis, colds, influenza and various other forms of catarrhal conditions throughout the bronchial and nasal passages; exhibits significant antiphlogistic activity in order to inhibit the formation of certain inflammatory compounds (such as histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandin, serine proteases and thromboxanes), as well as to reduce any severe inflammatory swelling associated with bronchitis, influenza, colds and bronchial or nasal catarrh by exerting an extremely positive influence towards correcting any blood vessel or tissue inflammation and various other internal inflammatory conditions; demonstrates antiphlogistic effects, due to the presence of pyrollizidine alkaloids (including echimidine, lycopsamine and symphytine); removes any ulcerated or inflamed lung disorders, and relieves any inflammatory conditions throughout the air passages associated with bronchitis, sinusitis or various influenzal disorders by providing soothing and cooling effects upon any irritated or inflamed mucous membranes; exhibits significant antiseptic activity by destroying the vitality of any organized living ferments in order to prevent the onset of putrefaction or septicemia, and promotes increased healing effects (due to the presence of allantoin) upon any tissue inflammations by precipitating the proteins in any inflamed tissues in order to form a mildly antiseptic and protective coating (under which the regeneration of new tissue occurs) for the mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract; acts as an effective antiseptic in order to remove any septic conditions associated with tissue degeneration, and promotes increased suppuration and a steady toning or restorative impression to the entire glandular system (especially the liver and lymph glands); demonstrates antiseptic and astringent activity, due to the presence of pyrocatechol tannins; relieves any chronic suppurative ulcerations by liquifying any suppurating pus or necrotic protein (due to the presence of allantoin), thereby accelerating the debridement of any lesions or denuded areas; promotes reflexive relaxation in the lung tissues, as well as relaxant effects upon the mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract; strengthens the epithelial cellular formations, and accelerates the overall healing processes by promoting increased tissue repair throughout the entire respiratory tract; displays biocatalytic activity in order to enhance greater assimilation of those essential nutrients that are necessary for the increased production of energy and vitality, thereby accelerating certain rejuvenative processes associated with the repair of any damaged blood vessels, tissue-systems or mucous membranes throughout the entire respiratory tract; acts as a biocatalyst in order to accelerate and accentuate the transport of all the other herbal ingredients throughout the entire organism to specific parts of the body (especially the head region), and exhibits powerful antioxidant effects in order to enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the lungs, sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages; acts as a cell proliferant in order to stimulate increased cellular mitosis (cell division and reproduction) in an adequate nutritional environment, as well as to accelerate the healing processes by promoting increased granulation and greater resolution during the repair of any damaged blood vessels or mucous membranes throughout the upper respiratory tract; displays cell proliferant activity in order to inhibit the normal aging process within the mucous membranes of the sinus cavities and bronchial or nasal passages by promoting the growth of healthy new cells, thereby extending the overall lifespan of the various cells and tissue-systems throughout the upper respiratory tract; exhibits anabolic activity in order to accelerate the production of DNA and RNA (which enhances the production of proteins in the form of antibodies), while increasing protein and lipid synthesis in the bone marrow and DNA/RNA content in the adrenals and lymph nodes (along with increased body weight and enhanced re-synthesis of glycogen and high-energy phosphate compounds); demonstrates powerful adaptogenic (balancing and strengthening) activity in order to increase the overall resistance of an organism towards any adverse influences or stressful conditions, especially upon the entire respiratory tract, immune system and both the central and peripheral nervous systems; strengthens any weakened or damaged internal bodily functions, and tonifies the lungs and bronchi while improving overall capillary activity throughout the lung tissues; acts as a secretolytic stimulant in order to promote increased gastric, pancreatic or intestinal secretory and motor activity, and enhances greater peripheral circulation (due to its antioxidant activity); exhibits significant antioxidant effects in order to provide greater oxygen-transport capabilities throughout the bloodstream, as well as enhance the transport of additional oxygen directly into the cells and tissue-systems throughout the blood vessels and mucous membranes of the entire respiratory tract; acts as a circulatory stimulant by increasing the blood flows through the arteries and blood vessels (including the capillaries) of the upper respiratory tract in order to enhance greater nutrient transport, absorption and utilization, thereby accelerating the healing processes associated with the repair of any damaged mucous membranes or tissue-systems throughout the sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages; acts as an effective nutritive and rejuvenative tonic to the lungs and mucous membranes during convalescence (due to the presence of rich sources of calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, carbohydrates, fat and vitamins A, B2 and B12) in order to enrich, nourish and replenish any nutritional deficiencies or insufficiency within the cells or tissues throughout the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract, which leads to the development of various degenerative conditions in the sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages in the form of bronchitis, colds, coughs, influenza and various related catarrhal disorders; demonstrates significant rejuvenative and restorative properties upon the basic plasma tissue-systems throughout the entire organism, thereby enhancing the production of vital bodily fluids while providing greater enrichment through increased assimilation of the various organic mineral salts; accelerates the recuperative processes that are essential in order to overcome any chronic debilitating or degenerative brain diseases or illnesses, while facilitating greater recovery response during convalescence in order to regain optimal health and well-being; promotes general cleansing processes throughout the entire organism, and increases the secretion and elimination of urine in order to provide further support to the inner cleansing process; displays alterative activity in order to correct any disordered bodily function, thereby activating increased alterations in both metabolic and tissue functions as a defensive measure against the onset of acute or chronic disease; exhibits restorative effects in order to regain increased vigor or vitality and greater strength, while enhancing normal tissue and metabolic functional capabilities; demonstrates alterative and restorative properties in order to re-establish healthy systemic functional capabilities, as well as to establish greater vascular tone throughout the entire organism (due to its ability to stimulate increased secretory flows); exhibits alterative effects in order to stimulate the anabolic growth processes, thereby enhancing the repair of any degenerated, deteriorated and debilitated cells or tissues (while promoting the elimination of any catabolic waste materials); displays tonifying effects in order to permanently enhance the overall energy-levels throughout the entire organism, without adversely affecting the functional capabilities of any particular organ or system.