Herbal Tonics A-Z

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Herbactive herbal tonics embody the concept that it is better to stay well (and get better) than to get sick and look for a cure. The oldest medical system in the world, herbal medicine, has been used in health tonics for thousands of years, and now scientific research and medical experience are verifying their health-giving properties.

Alan Hopking’s unique herbal tonics go further than the usual understanding of individual tonic herbs and Chinese tonic medicine. His approach is to select the organ, physiological system or medical condition and prescribe specific herbs along with supportive herbal treatment for the whole person so that an integrative functionality results throughout the person. It is for this reason that Alan’s herbal tonics have proven so successful.

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List of Herbal Tonics

Mucuna pruriens Tincture (Velvet bean)
OUC-Shield — defending the health of the ovaries, uterus and cervix

Herbal tonics

Adrenal Tonic — stress, anger, worry, insomnia, overwork
AgeLess Tonic — anti-aging herbs for body-mind; smooths skin
AlcoholLess (Kudzu) Tonic — herbs to reduce the addiction and effects
AllergyLess Tonic (not hay fever) — herbs to support the body to clear allergies (for hay fever allergy see HayFeverLess Tonic)
AmyloidosisLess Tonic — where certain proteins are abnormally deposited in organs and tissues
AnaemiaLess Tonic — a restorative iron and mineral tonic
Anorexia Tonic — nutritive and balancing herbs for digestion
Antibiotic Tonic — this herbal tonic works with the body rather than against it as in the case of antibiotic drugs; strong general antibacterial
Ascites Tonic — for fluid retention especially in abdomin due to liver/lung dysfunction (see also WaterMore for diuretic)
Atherosclerosis Tonic — tonic to help clear crud from the arteries
Baby Colic Tonic
Bitters - Western and Chinese (BittersMore) Tonic — to improve liver, digestion and chi
BloodCleanser Tonic — for chronic conditions to accelerate immune response
BoneMore Tonic — strengthens bones by improving mineral uptake
BrainMore (brain enhancement) Tonic — brain detox to improve blood supply and clarity
BreastMore Tonic — to improve and enlarge breast shape
BreastShield Tonic — for breast health and protection against serious illness
BreathLess Tonic — for shortness of breath and mild asthma (also see inhaler)
BronchiShield Tonic — for mild to moderate bronchial infections and chronic phlegm
Caisse-ACT (was called Essiac [TM] [now under trademark]) — Caisse-ACT (was called Essiac [TM] [now under trademark]) (ACT - Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture)
Candida Tonic — new strong herbs for candida infection including thrush
CatarrhLess (Sinus) Tonic — clears the sinuses and catarrhal problems
Cellulite Tonic — for lumpy fat on hips, thighs and elsewhere
Cellulitis Tonic — inflamed skin on legs and body
CholesterolLess Tonic — specific blood herbs to improve cholesterol balance
CoeliacLess (CD-Less) Tonic — specific herbs to treat coeliac disease
Colds/AntiViral Tonic - ColdLess AntiViral Tonic - now even STRONGER — the strongest antiviral herbs for colds and all viral attacks
ColitisLess Tonic — herbs for mucus and ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn's
Cough Syrup — soothing to irritable, dry, inflamed throat
CoughLess Tonic — chronic cough; relieves lung phlegm
CystitisLess Tonic — urinary herbs to soothe and relieve this painful infection
CystLess Tonic — for cysts, styes and blocked glands
DeafnessLess Tonic — herbs to help the auditory nerve so that you hear better
DepressionLess Tonic — uplifting; restores positivity and confidence
DigestMore Tonic — for poor appetite and digestion, lazy bowel, sense of fullness
EndocrineSeven Tonic — to balance each of the endocrine glands together
Endometriosis Tonic — specific herbs for the pain and symptoms
EnergyMore Tonic — herbs to improve your energy reserves
Epilepsy Tonic — help and support for all forms of epilepsy
Fertility Men Tonic — to increase sperm count and motility
Fertility Women Tonic (and Fertility with Fibroids Tonic) (specifiy which you want) — For ovary function and to regulate ovulation. NB The Fertility with Fibroids Tonic is a different formulation to that of the Fertility Tonic. Please specify in the "Order Comments" section in your account which tonic you want when ordering.
FibroidsLess Tonic — non-estrogenic herbs to slow growth, bleeding
FlushLess Tonic - for hot flushes; herbal HRT — specific for menopausal changes, emotions, skin and flushes (almost 100% effective)
ForgetLess Tonic — boosts brain-power and short-term memory
Frozen Shoulder Tonic — relaxant herbs to ease this condition
FungalLess Tonic — for ringworm and fungal infections on skin or nails
Gallstones Tonic (GallStoneLess Tonic) — for gallstones (or do the LiverFlush Program)
Glandular Fever (GF-Less) Tonic — tonic herbs for GF at any stage
GoutLess Tonic — powerful herbs for acute and chronic gout
Hair and Scalp Lotion for Women
Hair Tonic (HaerHaer) (women) — (Also see Bhringaraj)
HairLessTonic for women — for women with excess superfluous hair
HairMore Scalp Lotion (Men) — for premature hair loss in men (Also see Bhringaraj)
HairMore Tonic (Men) — for premature hair loss in men (Also see Bhringaraj)
HayFever Tonic — sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and nose
Head Lice Lotion with Quassia — very effective for hair nits
HeadacheLess Tonic — to clear and relax head tension and pressure (or see Migraines)
Heart & Circulation Tonic — for better heart, ciculatory and BP function. Also see Cold Hands and Feet Lotion.
HeartBurn Tonic — for acidity and after-meal discomfort
Helicobacter Pylori (HP-Less) Tonic — for helicobacter pylori bacterial gastritis infection
Hepatitis C Tonic — antiviral, pain, liver cleansing, energizer, immunity
Herbal V8 Tonic - Viagra-like herbs for Potency (Men) - now even STRONGER — men's herbs for sexual strength, ED and potency
Herbal VW Tonic - viagra-like herbs for women — sexual stimulant for women to give confidence
HerbShield Tonic — the supreme immune system enhancer; fights 2ndaries
Herpes Tonic — tonic for this recurrent condition (for cold sores lotion see above)
HIV-AIDS Tonic — herbs specific for this virus based on recent research
IBS-Less Tonic — to calm the nerves and regulate the intestines
IncoLess Tonic - for bladder weakness and incontinence — for incontinence; strengthens a weak bladder (or go to WaterLess)
InfectionLess Tonic — strong antibacterial herbs for infections in the body
InflammationLess Tonic — for systematic inflammatory pain in muscles and joints
Intermittent Claudication Tonic — improves circulation to the legs; walk easier
Interstitial Cystitis (IC-Less) Tonic — interstitial cystitis with ulcerated bladder and acute pain
KidneyShield Tonic — cleansing, restorative, protective herbs for the kidneys
Kombucha Herbal Tonic — with green tea, herbs and fruits
Labyrinthitis Tonic — (also for Vertigo; also see Meniere's)
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS-Less) Tonic — leaky gut syndrome herbs to protect and heal
LegUlcerLess Tonic — effective for varicose ulcers
Lice Tonic — for scabies, crabs and body lice
Lichen Planus Tonic — specific herbs and mouthwash for this invasive condition
Liver Restorative Tonic — specific liver restorative herbs
LiverDetox Tonic — to detox, restore, heal and strengthen liver function
LumbagoLess Tonic — analgesic herbs for low back pain
LungShield COPD Tonic - for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Emphasema
LungShield Tonic - lung tumours and irregular cellular growth
LupusLess Tonic — a tonic for lupus erythmatosis
Lycopene (High Lycopene Herbal Tonic)
LymeShield Tonic — specific herbs for Lyme Disease
LymphCleanse Tonic - specific multiherbal lymphatic system clearing and strengthening — to detox and improve the lymphatic glands
Macular Degeneration Tonic — The best herbs for the symptoms of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), and to help protect against its onset.
MalariaShield Tonic — powerful antimalarial herbs for protection on and after journies
MelasmaLess Tonic
MenieresLess Tonic — a tonic to help hearing and balance; vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss.
Mental PepTalk Tonic — strong memory tonic for factual retention and concentration (often used by students before examinations)
MigraineLess Tonic — a specific to reduce the symptoms of migraine
MilkMore Tonic — to safely and effectively increase breast milk
Miscarriage Tonic
MoodStepUp Tonic — herbs known to gently stimulate the happy hormones in the brain (dopamine and seratonin)
Morning Sickness Tonic — anti-nausea and sickness herbs in pregnancy
Motion Sickness Tonic (Travel Sickness)
MouthDryLess Tonic
MouthShield Mouthwash (Tonic) — the supreme mouth, tongue and gum protector (use like a mouthwash and then swallow)
MoveLess Tonic (for diarrhoea) — anti-diarrhoea herbs to control; regulates
MoveMore 1 Tonic (gentle laxative)
MoveMore 2 Tonic (strong laxative)
MoveMore XS Tonic (extra strong laxative)
MuscleMore Tonic — to strengthen, firm, build, define muscle
MyastheniaLess Tonic — a tonic for myasthenia gravis
NerveShield Tonic — pain, neuritis, neuralgia, palsy, MS, muscle tic
Oedema (Ascites) Tonic — for fluid retention around the lungs/liver/abdomen//ankles/puffy eyes
PainLess (Joints) Lotion — analgesic herbs for joint and muscle pain; arthritis
PainLess Joints Tonic - now even STRONGER — analgesic herbs for joint and muscle pain; arthritis
PalpitationsLess Tonic — heart regulating; skipping or rapid beat
PancreasMore Tonic — for diabetes 1 and 2; blood sugar regulation
Parkinson's Disease Tonic — specific herbs to improve the symptoms
PBC Tonic (Prevention is Better than Cure) — once-a-day- all-in low-cost tonic for general organ support
PE - Men Tonic (premature ejaculation)
Piles Tonic — for the vascular system and bowel piles
PMS Tonic (premenstrual syndrome)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Tonic
Progesterone Herbal Tonic (for women)
ProlapseLess Tonic — herbs known to improve prolapsed organs
ProstateLess Tonic — swollen or diseased prostate; reduces PSA - now even STRONGER
ProTest Tonic — for men to balance progesterone-testosterone action; to improve the waistline and the male hormones during male changes in middle age
PsoriasisLess Tonic — antiinflammatory, itch and anti-stress herbs
RedBloodCellMore Tonic — to increase red blood cells where there is a low red blood cell count, and improve the B12 in the blood
RestLess Leg Tonic
RosaceaLess Tonic — for the circulation and the skin for rosacea
Sciatica Lotion — specific herbs for sciatica and nerve pain
Sciatica Tonic — specific herbs for sciatica and nerve pain
SeeMore Tonic — for eye health and to help improve eyesight (also see EyeDrops and EyeBath)
Shingles Lotion — apply to lesions; use with ColdLess antiviral tonic
Shingles Tonic
Shock and Grief Tonic — For all types of acute emotional shock, and/or deep grief and sadness, and/or a sense of profound guilt
SkinClear Lotion — for dermatitis and eczema
SkinClear Tonic — eczema, dermatitis and skin problems (for spots/acne go to SpotLess)
SleepMore Tonic - now even STRONGER — deepens and lengthens sleep; restores sleep rhythm
SmokeLess Tonic — total detox tonic to stop nicotine dependency
SnoreLess Tonic — to clear airways, tighten the palate, a quiet sleep
SoundLess Tonic - for tinnitus and sounds in the head — for tinnitus and head noises and pressure
SpleenShield Tonic — improves spleen function; also for spleen chi
SportSupport Tonic — herbs to help the muscles, lungs and circulation
SpotLess Lotion — to clear spots, pimples and acne
Spots and Acne (SpotLess) Tonic — to clear spots, pimples and acne
StoneLess Kidneys Tonic — to clear kidney and bladder stones
SweatLess Tonic- for excess sweating, anti-hydrosis (if you're looking for menopausal sweats, see FlushLess) — for excess perspiration on hands, feet or body
Synergy Pluss Tonic — synergistic tonic for extra vigour and alertness
Testos4Torros Tonic — strong testosterone tonic
ThyroidLess Tonic (for hyperthyroid; Graves) — tonic to help correct a malfunctioning thyroid
ThyroidMore Tonic (for hypothyroid) — tonic to help correct a malfunctioning thyroid
TireLess Tonic - ME and FM — aching, tiredness, concentration; specific for ME and FMS
Total Detox Tonic — totally detoxifies every organ of the body
Urticaria Lotion
Urticaria Tonic — (also called hives) tonic for this itchy, red, blotchy, skin rash
Veins Tonic (varicose veins, and varicose eczema) — to strengthen vascular walls and prevent varicosity
Veins Lotion — to strengthen vascular walls and prevent varicosity
VitiligoLess Tonic
WartLess Tonic — effective to remove and prevent the spread of warts
WaterLess Tonic — for a weak bladder; overactive flow; (for incontinence go to Incontinence)
WaterMore Tonic — for poor flow; fluid retention
WeightLess Tonic — metabolic stimulant; assists with a weight loss program
WeightMore Tonic — help you to gain weight
Wheatgrass and Chlorophyll Tonic — antioxidant green extract
WhiteBloodCell Enhancing Tonic"Dear Alan, Just to say that my doctors are slightly surprised by normal white cells at 4.98 and neutrophils at 3.07. Not had such good results since age 25! With thanks and best wishes" GS
WhiteBloodCell Reducing Tonic
Whole Body-Mind Tonic
WindLess Tonic — for excess wind, flatulence and bloating
WormLess Tonic - now even STRONGER — a strong multiherbal tonic for all kinds of infestations by worms and parasites
WorryLess Tonic — for stress, worry and anxiety




Our herbal tonic medicines are carefully prepared on a personal and individual basis for your healing by medical herbalist Alan Hopking MA MNIMH FINEH.

Only whole herbs are used in our herbal medicines. Nothing else is added. If you have symptoms which you consider might be helped with herbal medicine please contact herbal practitioner Alan Hopking for a friendly confidential professional consultation. See terms and fees.

Once you have received your herbal prescription you can contact Alan Hopking at any time for more free advice (preferably by email). When you have completed your bottle of herbal medicine and if you want a repeat prescription you are requested to phone or email so that your progress can be assessed and adjustments made if necessary so that there is no break in your treatment. To order or re-order, click here.

MRCHM - see Alan Hopking's statement about renouncing his association with membership of this organisation

HERBACTIVE Centre of Herbal Medicine, England, UK. Freephone 0800 0834436

General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK


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