Medicinal Herb Chart

Over 499 Healing Herbs - Benefits, Side Effects and Uses



Use the alphabetical list or the herb property list to find information on the healing properties and actions of medicinal plants.

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Hypoglycemic: Herbs To Lower Blood Sugar

Hypoclycemic plants act to lower abnormally high blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Plants with hypoglycemic activity have been the subject of numerous studies and intense interest because of the surge in adult onset dibetes. There are over 400 such plants, too many to list here. While many of these plants have shown promise in studies and in traditional medicines, their appearance on this list does not mean they can be considered primary treatments for diabetes, but certainly can be included as part of a healthy lifestyle.


  • Bitter Melon Bitter Melon, Momordica charantia : balsam pear, bitter gourd, Karela
    Gourd : The gourd-like fruit has a long history as a treatment for diabetes. Bitter melon improves the body's ability to use blood sugar and improves glucose tolerances. ...
  • Burdock root Burdock root, Arctium lappa : Niu Bang Zi, Go Bo, Gobo
    Biennial : Burdock helps to cleanse the body from the inside out and is most useful in those conditions that can be traced back to liver disorders or a general overload of toxins in the system....
  • Carob Carob, Ceratonia siliqua : Locust Bean, St.John's-Bread
    Evergreen tree : Carob is widely used as a healthy substitute for chocolate, and can be used in much the same manner as cocoa powder and is lower in calories...
  • Cashew Nut Cashew Nut, Anacardium occidentale : Cajueiro, jambu
    Evergreen tree : Cashews are more than a healthy snack. Extracts of the nut contain naturally occurring analogs of the latest diabetes drugs....
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus : Eucalyptus
    tree : Eucalyptus is one of the best known cold and congestion remedies. Eucalyptus oil is also a good pain reliever for sore muscles and arthritis pain....
  • Fenugreek Fenugreek, Trigonella foenum-graecum :
    Annual Herb : Fenugreek is a medicinal food plant that has the beneficial effect of lowering blood sugar....
  • Fo-Ti Root Fo-Ti Root, Polygonum multiflorum : He-shou-wu
    Vine : Fo-ti, as it is known here in the west is most famous for its reputed ability to restore color to gray hair and as a fertility tonic. ...
  • Goat's Rue Goat's Rue, Galega officinalis : French lilac, Italian fitch
    Perennial Herb : The medicinal use of Goats rue to treat diabetes, used since the middle ages, has been vindicated by modern science....
  • Ivy gourd Ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis :
    Gourd : Ivy gourd is used in Ayurvedic medicine and Asian cuisine in a very similar manner to that of bitter melon...
  • Jambul Jambul, Eugenia Jambolana :
    evergreen tropical tree : Practitioners of Ayurveda in India value jambul for lowering blood sugar and researchers are investigating its potential as a male contraceptive....
  • Marsh Mallow Root Marsh Mallow Root, Althaea officinalis L. : Marshmallow, Wymote
    Perennial Herb : Marshmallow is a soothing and healing plant mainly due to it's high mucilage content. Marshmallow is added to cough and cold formulations for the treatment of harsh coughs, it acts as a mild expectorant and helps coat sore throats. Marshmallow's tannins ...
  • Reishi Mushroom Reishi Mushroom, Ganoderma lucidum : Ling-zhi, ling chih, ling chi mushroom
    Fungus : Reishi, or Ling zhi mushroom has been used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicines for thousands of years, who place it in the highest class of tonic medicines, those who benefit the vital life energy or Qi. ...
  • Schisandra Schisandra, Schisandra chinensis : Magnolia vine, wu-wei-zi, Schizandra
    : Schisandra is a well known in Chinese medicine as an adaptogenic herb used to improve mental function, reduce tiredness, and improve endurance....
  • Watercress Watercress, Nasturtium officinale :
    Perennial herb : Watercress is a nutritional culinary food that can also be considered a medicinal plant. Watercress can help reduce the prevalence and duration of colds when included in the diet along with garlic, onions, and cayenne. It is one of the natural food ...
  • White Kidney Bean White Kidney Bean, Phaseolus vulgaris :
    herbaceous annual plant : Many studies have shown that Phaseolus vulgaris reduces the rate at which starchy foods like pasta and bread are converted into sugar....
  • Yacon Root Yacon Root, Smallanthus sonchifolius :
    : Yacon root and yacon root syrup are used as a sweetener by who need to control their blood sugar. Yacon is a prebiotic, feeding the 'good' bacteria of the gut helping digestion and stimulating the immune system....