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, antibiotic, anti-cachexic, anti-catarrhal, anti-dyscratic, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, antiseptic (pulmonary), antispasmodic, anti-tussive, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), balsamic, biocatalyst, calmative, cell proliferant, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, stimulating decongestant, deodorant, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), prophylactic, rejuvenative, relaxant, restorative, spasmolytic, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic) and tonic.
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, 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; eliminates any contagious or infectious conditions associated with sinus or nasal congestion, such as subacute or chronic bronchitis, sinusitis (inflamed sinus cavities), catarrhal rhinitis, chronic post-nasal catarrh, pharyngitis, bronchorrhea, or influenzal sore throat; removes any chronic catarrhal, congestive, spasmodic or infectious conditions throughout the broncho-pulmonary mucous membranes (accompanied by profuse secretions of fetid or purulent yellow-green phlegm or mucus discharges), and reduces any eruptive, hectic, remittent, septic, low tidal, typhoid or intermittent fevers or feverish states, offensive lochial discharges, or ozena (accompanied by fetid or profuse mucus discharges); acts as a prophylactic in order to remove any eruptive fevers, such as chickenpox, measles and scarlet fever; 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 or viscid mucoid or phlegmatic accumulations from the entire respiratory tract (including the lungs, sinus cavities, throat and bronchial or nasal passages); eliminates any chronic catarrhal or infectious conditions throughout the gastro-intestinal and genito-urinary tracts, and acts as a preventative against the onset of any contagious or pulmonary diseases; exhibits significant antispasmodic, balsamic, calmative, relaxant and spasmolytic properties in order to soothe and relieve any irritable coughs (pertussis) or spasmodic throat conditions, as well as any chronic spasmodic bronchial cough (whooping cough) and spasmodic lung or tracheal disorders (such as tracheitis); displays demulcent, emollient and mucilaginous properties in order to relieve any irritated or inflamed internal tissues during those conditions involving 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; eases any dry or tickling coughs, and relieves any sore throat conditions associated with influenza; acts as a stimulating disinfectant for the subacute stages of pharyngitis, and removes any aches or pains associated with various feverish states; relieves any bronchorrhea or membranous croup, and eliminates any lung abscesses or septicemia; displays pulmonary antiseptic properties, due to the presence of eucalyptol; 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 and microbicidal activity in order to strengthen and increase the resistance of the blood vessels against any invasive or harmful pathogenic bacteria or microbes throughout the bronchial and sinus mucosa (such as ambient 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; demonstrates 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; exhibits significant antiseptic activity by destroying the vitality of any organized living ferments in order to prevent the onset of putrefaction or septicemia, and precipitates the proteins in any inflamed tissues in order to provide 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 or ulceration, and promotes increased suppuration and a steady toning or restorative impression to the entire glandular system (especially the liver and lymph glands); 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; exhibits immuno-potentiating and immuno-stimulatory effects in order to enhance greater long-term immune potential and overall non-specific systemic immunity (or immune cell activity) and increased immune response (by activating the body's natural defense mechanisms), particularly in relation to the repair and restoration of any damaged or congested mucous membranes throughout the upper respiratory tract; 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 respiratory tract; acts as a circulatory stimulant by increasing the blood flows through the arteries and blood vessels 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; 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; exhibits deodorant properties in order to deodorize the sputum, and neutralizes any acid conditions in the blood that are characteristic of lymphatic congestion or stagnation (sepsis); soothes and stimulates the entire respiratory system, and acts as a gentle secretolytic stimulant upon the gastric, intestinal, pulmonary and renal mucous membranes; 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.