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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

alterative,

n a class of herbs with several different but related functions. In the 19th century, alteratives were understood as
blood purifiers. Alteratives are currently used to promote lymphatic flow and to stimulate the detoxifying functions of the liver.

alterative

a medicine given to a horse with the objective of improving its general condition without purging it. Called also tonic.
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