Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants Uses and Identification

 

                 

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  1. Vaccinium arctostaphylos
  2. Vaccinium corymbosum
  3. Vaccinium myrtillus
  4. Vaccinium oxycoccos
  5. Vaccinium stamineum
  6. Vaccinium uliginosum
  7. Vaccinium vitis-idaea
  8. Vachellia cornigera
  9. Vachellia horrida
  10. Vachellia nilotica
  11. Valerian (herb)
  12. Valeriana celtica
  13. Valeriana officinalis
  14. Vallisneria spiralis
  15. Vateria indica
  16. Velezia rigida
  17. Veratrum album
  18. Veratrum nigrum
  19. Verbascum blattaria
  20. Verbascum nigrum
  21. Verbascum phoeniceum
  22. Verbascum thapsus
  23. Verbena bonariensis
  24. Verbena hastata
  25. Verbena officinalis
  26. Verbena urticifolia
  27. Veronica agrestis
  28. Veronica anagallis-aquatica
  29. Veronica aphylla
  30. Veronica arvensis
  31. Veronica beccabunga
  32. Veronica chamaedrys
  33. Veronica longifolia
  34. Veronica officinalis
  35. Veronica peregrina
  36. Veronica scutellata
  37. Veronica serpyllifolia
  38. Veronica spicata
  39. Veronica triphyllos
  40. Veronicastrum virginicum
  41. Viburnum acerifolium
  42. Viburnum dentatum
  43. Viburnum lantana
  44. Viburnum lentago
  45. Viburnum opulus
  46. Viburnum prunifolium
  47. Viburnum tinus
  48. Vicia benghalensis
  49. Vicia cracca
  50. Vicia dumetorum
  51. Vicia faba
  52. Vicia lathyroides
  53. Vicia lutea
  54. Vicia sativa
  55. Vicia sepium
  56. Vicia sylvatica
  57. Vigna radiata
  58. Vinca herbacea
  59. Vinca major
  60. Vinca minor
  61. Viola arborescens
  62. Viola biflora
  63. Viola canadensis
  64. Viola canina
  65. Viola hirta
  66. Viola lanceolata
  67. Viola odorata
  68. Viola palustris
  69. Viola pedata
  70. Viola tricolor
  71. Viscum album
  72. Vitex agnus-castus
  73. Vitex negundo
  74. Vitex pinnata
  75. Vitex trifolia
  76. Vitis labrusca
  77. Vitis vinifera
  78. Vitis vulpina
  79. Volkameria inermis
  80. Vulpia bromoides
  81. Vulpia myuros

 

 

Vaccinium myrtillus

  • Bilberry  (Vaccinium  spp.)
  • Also called: blaeberry, whortleberry, hurts, ground hurts, whinberry, winberry, windberry, wimberry, myrtle blueberry and fraughan
  • Claimed to: be good for eye problems and night vision. Not effective for either. V. myrtillus is claimed to be an antiseptic and astringent; it is used for diarrhea, as a mouthwash, for skin problems and for burns.
  • Safety ratings: Prescribed for diarrhea and inflammation in Germany (but can cause diarrhea)
  • Harmful effects: Small doses are safe. Some negative interaction with prescribed anticoagulants.

 

Vachellia rigidula

  • Blackbrush Acacia  (Vachellia rigidula)
  • Also called: chaparro prieto, Acacia rigidula
  • Usage: Weight loss dietary supplements
  • Harmful effects: One research group reported an unprecedentedly wide variety of psychoactive alkaloids in blackbrush acacia (including nicotine, N,N-dimethyltryptamine, mescaline, β-methylphenylethylamine, and  different amphetamines), suggesting that the laboratory might have had contamination problems. A  study by the FDA found that % of blackbrush acacia supplements were contaminated with the amphetamine isomer β-methylphenylethylamine (BMPEA), which is not found in natural blackbrush acacia. Subsequently, the FDA warned supplement manufacturers to cease selling BMPEA because it is not natural. On May , , the first adverse event from BMPEA as a weight loss supplement was reported in Sweden: a woman had a stroke associated with her BMPEA consumption.

 

Vitis viniferaseeds

  • Grape seed extract  (Vitis vinifera)
  • Good for chronic venous insufficiency and edema.
  • Side effects may include headache, itchy scalp, dizziness, and nausea.

 

Viscum album

  • Mistletoe  (Viscum album)
  • In TCM: hú jìshēng (槲寄生)
  • Used for: cancer prevention, hypertension, insomnia, digestion problems, chilblains, and leg ulcers. Mistletoe isn't effective for cancer; insufficient research has been done to evaluate the other claims.
  • Harmful effects: When small amounts are taken, it is safe, with mild side effects of headaches, fever, and chills. Large amounts are toxic and can be fatal; symptoms may include seizures, coma, death, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, slow or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, confusion, and drowsiness.
  • See also: Iscador, an extract of mistletoe

Valeriana officinalis

  • Valerian  (Valeriana officinalis)
  • Used for: "nervous conditions", migraine, insomnia, "hysteria", "neurasthenia", fatigue and stomach cramps
  • May work for insomnia.
  • Harmful effects: Side effects may include headache, excitability, uneasiness, and, in some cases, insomnia. Some multi-herb remedies containing valerian have been linked to liver damage.