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Related to nervine: vulnerary


Herbal medicine
A medicinal preparation, usually of herbal origin, which is said to act on the nervous system, reduce anxiety and tension (nervine relaxant), and stimulate or strengthen neural function.

• Nervine relaxants—Betony (Betonica officinalis), catnip (Nepeta cataria), hops (Humulus lupulus), lady’s slipper (Cypripedium pubescens), mistletoe (Viscum album), passion flower (Passiflara incarnata), skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), valerian (Valeriana officinalis). 
• Nervine stimulants—Cayenne (Capsicum fruticens), ginger (Zingiber officinale), horseradish (Cochlearia armaracia), poplar (Populus tremuloides), prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum), snake root (Aristolochia reticulata), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens).  
• Nervine tonics—Belvedere cypress (Kochia scoparia), black pepper (Piper nigrum), cistanche (Cistanche salsa), Chinese jujube (Ziziphus vulgaris), dodder (Cuscuta japonica), dogwood (Cornus officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), garlic (Allium sativum), ginseng (Panax ginseng).


A natural substance, such as an herb, which is calming to the nervous system.


Soothes and calms the nervous system.
Mentioned in: St. John's Wort
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