Tonic is a broad action whose remedies will either strengthen and enliven a specific organ or the whole body. When referring to an organ system they are often described as Trophorestorative.

How Tonics Work

Tonics work in variable ways, but are a foundational gift from the remarkable healing power of nature. Tonics are often specific to an organ system or area of the body such as the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

The term tonic has an incredibly broad meaning. The following is a list of some “Tonic” activities that can occur within the body.

Mucous Membrane Tonics

Hydrastiscanadensis (Goldenseal)

Filipendulaulmaria (Meadowsweet)

Euphrasia off. (Eyebright)


Thyroid Tonics

Leonuruscardiaca (Motherwort)

Fucusvesiculosis (Kelp)


Immune Tonics

Astragalusmembranaceous (Astragalus)

Tabebuiaimpeteginosa (Pau D’Arco)

Ganodermalucidum (Reishi mushroom)

Lentinusedodes (Shitake mushroom)

Trametesversicolor (Turkey tail)


Connective Tissue Tonics

Avena sativa (Oats)

Centellaasiatica (Gotu kola)

Equisetum arvense (Horsetail)

Plantagolanceolata/major (Plantain)

Symphytum off. (Comfrey)

Crataegus sp. (Hawthorne)

Vacciniummyrtillus (Bilberry)


Vascular Tonics

Vacciniummyrtillus (Bilberry)

Achilleamillefolium (Yarrow)

Tiliaeuropea (Linden)

Aesculushippocastanum (Horse Chestnut)


Cardiac Tonics

Crataegus sp. (Hawthorne)

Leonuruscardiaca (Motherwort)

Convalleriamajalis (Lily of the Valley)

Cytisusscoparius (Scotch broom)


Liver Tonics

Silybummarianum (Milk thistle)

Cynarascolymus (Artichoke)

Glycyrrhizaglabra (Licorice)

Curcuma longa (Turmeric)


Adrenal Tonics

Boragoofficinalis (Borage)

Glycyrrhizaglabra (Licorice)

Eleutherococcussenticosus (Siberian ginseng)

Rhodiolarosea (Arctic rose)

Withania somnifera (Ashwaganda)


Respiratory Tonics

Equisetum arvense (Horsetail)

Plantagolanceolata/major (Plantain)

Hyssopus off. (Hyssop)


Uterine Tonics

Actaea (Cimicifuga) racemosa (Black cohosh)

Caulophyllumthalictroides (Blue cohosh)

Leonuruscardiaca (Motherwort)

Rubusidaeus (Red raspberry)

Mitchellarepens (Squaw Vine/Partridge Berry)


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