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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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Author reply: "The manuscript focuses on the properties of nervines and the authors feel that this addition would be outside the scope of the paper".
This herb can also be taken at a lower, adjusted dose or combined with black cohosh or other nervines and used in moderation long-term for stress management.
Nervine - In traditional herbology, a nervine is a plant having a tonifying effect on the nervous system.
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root]); nervines, (lemon balm [Melissa officinalis]) and angelica (Angelica archangelica); and milk thistle (silybum marianum).
Herbal treatment employs nervines, antispasmodics, carminatives and sedatives to deal with the symptoms of IBS (Braun 2005, Bian 2006, Bundy 2004).
Nervines are herbs which tone and nourish the nervous system, and they are generally high in calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and protein.
Follow-up treatment may include immunostimulation (Echinacea spp), adaptogenic (Eleuthrococcus senticosus) and anti-allergenic herbs (Scutellaria baicalensis, Tylophora asthmatica and/or Gingko biloba), digestive and liver tonics (Berberis vulgaris, Rumex crispus and Silybum marianum), lymphatic herbs (Iris versicolor, Galium aparine) and nervines (Avena sativa, Melissa officinalis, Tilia cordata); with a review of exercise, relaxation techniques and diet.