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-fatigue, anti-infective, antioxidant, antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-tussive, bacteriostatic (anti-bacterial), balsamic, calmative, cytophylactic, cytotoxic, decongestant, demulcent, depurative, detoxicant, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, febrifuge, immuno-potentiating, immuno-stimulant, microbicidal (anti-microbial), mucilaginous, nutritive, pectoral, rejuvenative, relaxant, restorative, sedative, spasmolytic, stimulant (circulatory and secretolytic), tonic, vasodilator, vasotonic 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, 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; acts as a soothing sedative (due to the presence of glycyrrhizinic acid) to the upper respiratory tract, and removes any chronic fatigue or exhaustion associated with various degenerative conditions throughout the upper respiratory tract; relieves any dry or inflamed conditions in the lungs and throat region, and eases any chronic coughs caused by dryness, irritation or nervousness; alleviates any persistent coughing (pertussis) or wheezing, and exhibits soothing and cooling effects upon any irritated mucous membranes associated with chronic sore throat or excessive catarrhal conditions; displays anti-tussive activity, due to its antispasmodic effects upon the central nervous system (cerebro-spinal centers); exhibits significant antispasmodic, balsamic, calmative, relaxant and spasmolytic effects in order to soothe and relieve any irritating coughs or spasmodic throat conditions, as well as any chronic spasmodic bronchial cough and spasmodic lung or tracheal disorders (such as tracheitis); displays demulcent, emollient and mucilaginous properties in order to soothe and protect 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; 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); eases any chronic pectoral states associated with excessive catarrhal expectoration, and 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 waste materials; increases the fluidity of any excessive accumulations of mucus or phlegm throughout the lungs, sinuses and bronchial or nasal passages, and displays anti-infective properties in order to inhibit the formation of various bacterial or viral infections or infectious conditions throughout the upper respiratory tract; possesses an oleanane triterpene (glycyrrhizin) and its agylcone (glycyrrhetinic acid), which bind themselves to cellular surfaces (glucocorticoid receptors) in order to enhance greater antibody production by stimulating the manufacture and synthesis of intracellular proteins (interferon and interleukin) that inhibit viral infection (followed by the activation of white blood cells); 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; displays 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, as well as to inhibit the further development of any inflammatory or infectious conditions associated with the onset of bronchitis, colds, influenza, pharyngitis, sinusitis and various other forms of catarrhal conditions throughout the bronchial and nasal passages; displays antibiotic and bacteriostatic effects against several forms of harmful bacteria or microbes (due to the presence of glycyrrhizin and various isoflavonoid compounds), including Staphlococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Mycobacterium smegmatis, Candida albicans, tuberculosis or diphtheria bacilli, tetanus or tetrodotoxin, and various colon bacilli, amoebas and trichomonads; 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, catarrhal laryngitis 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; accelerates the healing process during various inflammatory conditions, and exhibits decongestant and febrifuge properties in order to reduce any congestion and fevers or feverish states; 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 system; 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); 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; prevents any further growth or infectivity of several DNA and RNA viruses (due to the presence of glycyrrhizin or glycyrrhizic acid), and displays immuno-stimulatory activity (due to the presence of glycyrrhizin) in order to induce the production of interferon-like compounds; 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 immune 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 entire 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; displays alterative and tonifying effects in order to remove any functional states accompanied by depressed metabolic activity, which leads to specific nutritional deficiencies or insufficiency associated with any degenerative conditions throughout the entire respiratory system; 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, carbohydrates, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, potassium, protein, silicon, sodium, and vitamins B1, B12 and C) 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; activates the bodily processes of detoxification and elimination in order to cleanse and purify the bloodstream and tissue-systems, and increases both sensible and insensible perspiration in order to more effectively enhance the eliminative capabilities of the body; acts as an eliminative vasotonic to the blood, liver and splenic functions, as well as upon the eliminative functions of the lymphatic system; enhances the overall cleansing process by dilating the surface capillaries in order to more effectively remove any toxic debris or metabolic waste materials through the pores of the skin, 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.