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alterative

(ôl′tə-rā′tĭv, -tər-ə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Tending to alter or produce alteration.
2. Tending to restore to normal health.
n.
A treatment or medication that restores health.

alterative

Herbal medicine
A herb said to alter a disease, purify blood, increase appetite, improve digestion and eliminate toxins.

Examples
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), burdock (Artium lappa), chaparral (Larrea tridentate), figwort (Scrophularia nodosa), prickly ash (Xanthoxylum americanum), red clover (Trifolium pratense), sassafras (Sassafras officinale), wild indigo (Baptista tinctoria).

Alterative

A medicinal substance that acts gradually to nourish and improve the system.
Mentioned in: Echinacea
References in periodicals archive ?
Some of the best alterative herbs to clear the lymph system are red root, cleavers, mullein, calendula, burdock, stinging nettles, sassafras, and red clover, although the list could go on.
Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) is probably the all-time favorite herb of many herbalists, and is a neat alterative because it gets you at both ends--both providing nutrition and assisting with elimination of waste products.
Cleavers (Galium aparine) is an alterative that affects both the lymph and the kidneys, helping to clear out extra water waste by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more waste products in the urine.