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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.
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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).
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Alterative

A medicinal substance that acts gradually to nourish and improve the system.
Mentioned in: Echinacea
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