Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, has gained popularity in recent years as a nutritional supplement that proponents believe is helpful in staving off the common cold and shortening its duration. But given the variation between dosages and formulations—such herbs are not regulated as medical drugs by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and so makers have little incentive to standardize—it’s hard to get definitive answers as to Echinacea’s effectiveness.
Cranberries are the fruit of a native plant of North America. These red berries are used in foods and in herbal products.
Common Names—cranberry, American cranberry, bog cranberry
Latin Name—Vaccinium macrocarpon
What Cranberry Is Used For
Historically, cranberry fruits and leaves were used for a variety of problems
Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, a small shrub-like tree native to Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. The name is thought to come from a belief that the plant promoted chastity—it is reported that monks in the Middle Ages used chasteberry to decrease sexual desire.
Common Names—chasteberry, chaste-tree berry, vitex, monk's pepper
Latin Name—Vitex agnus-castus
Two types of chamomile are used for health conditions: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. While the two kinds are thought to have similar effects on the body, the German variety is more commonly used in the United States
Common Names—chamomile, German chamomile
Latin Names—Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita
Cat’s claw grows wild in many countries of Central and South America, especially in the Amazon rainforest. The use of this woody vine dates back to the Inca civilization.
Common Names—cat's claw, uña de gato
Latin Names—Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis