Remedies from nature

There’s a herb for every ailment

Paracelsus already said: “God has made a plant grow for every disease. Look around you in nature and use the gifts of nature’s pharmacy”. Unfortunately, many people, including modern conventional medicine, have forgotten that herbal medicine, now known as “alternative” medicine, was the only known art of healing until about 150 years ago.

According to a study by the University of Duisburg-Essen, one in three medicines sold over the counter in 2015 was a natural remedy and was highly regarded by patients for its tolerability and effectiveness. Even during the coronavirus crisis, nothing has changed – on the contrary! According to an Aposcope study, the demand for natural remedies to strengthen the immune system and cope with stress has risen sharply once again. All the more reason to take a closer look at the herbs and plants that can help.

Medicinal plants: Natural diversity for your health

For thousands of years, people all over the world have trusted the healing properties of plants. But what makes herbs like ramsons, dandelion or milk thistle so special? Why are they used in so many cultures to treat ailments? The answer lies in their valuable active ingredients, which can have a positive effect on our bodies.

This is because medicinal plants work differently to conventional medicines. This is because they do not consist of a single artificial active ingredient. On the contrary, each plant contains a colourful potpourri of natural substances. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements and antioxidants are just some of them.

Of particular interest, however, are the phytochemicals. They give medicinal plants their specific effects and make each one special. So the next time you drink a cup of peppermint tea or use sage for a sore throat, remember the power of nature! These natural ingredients can help relieve ailments in a variety of ways – without chemical additives or side effects.

Natural effect without risks and side effects?

In the world of medicinal plants, there are a multitude of species and possibilities that can help support health in a natural way. One particularly fascinating speciality is adaptogenic plants. These special plants have the ability to support your body in stressful situations and restore its balance.

A well-known example of such a medicinal plant is Rhodiola rosea, also known as rose root. This plant has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and has been shown to be an effective remedy for stress. Taking roseroot can increase resistance to stress and make us feel more balanced overall. However, it is important to note that medicinal plants can have side effects. Sensitive people in particular may experience adverse reactions. It is therefore advisable to check carefully whether you can tolerate adaptogenic plants and other herbal remedies before taking them. In particular, pregnant or breastfeeding women should discuss this with their therapist.

Overall, however, medicinal plants offer a versatile way to support holistic health. By learning about the different properties of these plants and using them appropriately, you can promote your wellbeing in a natural way.

Green healing power
Guide to the use of medicinal plants and herbs

Below we look at some powerful medicinal plants and their health benefits in more detail. Our plant map shows you where and how each plant works in your body.

This list is by no means exhaustive! However, as not all medicinal plants can be listed, we would like to introduce you to the following great herbs and plants that you can also find in our vitality products.


The artichoke flower bud is not only a delicious vegetable, but also a true health miracle. The artichoke leaves, in particular, are rich in bitter compounds such as the powerful cynarin, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals.

They have a positive effect on gallbladder and liver health, promoting bile flow, protecting the liver and helping it to regenerate. Even the pancreas is stimulated by the bitter compounds in artichoke leaves to release digestive juices. Overall, artichoke leaves have cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antioxidant properties. The artichoke can be used both as fresh juice and in capsule form.

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Wild garlic

Bear’s garlic is a versatile herb with many health benefits. It helps with intestinal fermentation, flatulence and cramps. Ramsons can also be appetising, cholerolytic, cholesterol-lowering and vasodilating. Allicin, which is produced when wild garlic is eaten, has an antibacterial effect and can help with minor gastrointestinal disorders. In general, bear’s garlic promotes a healthy intestinal flora.

Ramsons also strengthens the body and helps with detoxification. Due to its high vitamin C content, it has a positive effect on the immune system and protects cells, as does vitamin E. The potassium it contains is beneficial for high blood pressure and contributes to healthy heart function.

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Bearberry leaves

Bearberry is a medicinal plant with a detoxifying effect on the kidneys, bladder and urinary tract. Because it can inhibit the growth of bacteria, the leaves of this medicinal plant are also often used to treat coughs. As the main constituent, arbutin, is converted in the body to hydroquinone, it can have a mild disinfectant effect, making it interesting for use in bladder infections, abdominal pain and painful urination.

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Psyllium seeds

These tiny, flea-like seeds are a powerhouse of soluble fibre. They form a gel in water and can gently dissolve constipation.

But that’s not all! Psyllium husks have an amazing swelling capacity and can expand up to 20 times their volume. This means that they not only help with constipation, but also with irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel problems. Whether you suffer from haemorrhoids, anal fissures or have undergone bowel surgery, psyllium husks are a reliable companion for easier bowel movements.

By the way: For best results, it is important to drink as much water as possible when taking psyllium husks.

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Goldenrod herb

Goldenrod – also known as ‘solidago’, meaning ‘healthy’ – has long been used as a medicinal plant, and with good reason. The two well-known species, goldenrod and giant goldenrod, are both known for their beneficial effects on urinary tract disorders. Interestingly, studies also show positive effects on arthritis, rheumatic complaints and gout. Goldenrod even supports the kidneys in detoxification and helps the skin as a detoxifying organ.

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Cat whiskers

Cat’s whiskers are native to tropical Asia, particularly Malaysia, and Australia.

In phytotherapy, the dried leaves of Cat’s Whiskers (Orthosiphonis folium) are often used to treat diseases of the urinary tract and kidneys. Cat’s whiskers are also commonly used in irrigation therapies to treat bacterial infections and inflammation of the urinary tract and kidneys.

Cat’s whiskers are also used as a diuretic for urinary tract infections, cystitis, irritable bladder and inflamed mucous membranes of the urinary tract and kidneys (bladder and kidney catarrh). The plant can also provide relief from chronic kidney and bladder infections. Orthosiphon leaves can also be used as a preventative measure to treat small kidney stones (renal gravel).

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Cat’s claw

The bark and root of Cat’s Claw have been used for centuries in traditional medicine, particularly in Central and South America, as a remedy for many health problems. Key uses include inflammatory joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, herpes, gastritis, peptic ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, haemorrhoids and parasitic infections.

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SerraZYM plus


Dandelion can be used in a variety of ways to benefit from its beneficial and healing properties. Whether as a refreshing salad, a soothing tea, a nutritious plant juice or a concentrated root extract, dandelion offers a variety of ways to support your health.

However, dandelion’s positive effect on digestion is particularly impressive. It stimulates the production of gastric juices, stimulates the appetite and even relieves cramps. If you suffer from digestive problems such as flatulence or bloating, dandelion could be the answer.

Dandelion also has a choleretic effect, which stimulates bile production and improves fat metabolism. This can be particularly helpful for liver and bile problems such as hepatitis, gallstones or cirrhosis.

You will find dandelion in this dr.reinwald product:
NattoZYM plus & HepaCHI

Milk thistle

This spiky, purple-flowered plant is not only beautiful to look at, but can also be found growing wild by the roadside in warm regions. Milk thistle seeds have been used for centuries to strengthen the liver, as they contain the active ingredient silymarin.

Because silymarin is thought to have a strong protective effect on the liver, it is often used to prevent liver overload and to stimulate liver function. Milk thistle has even been used to treat fatty liver. Its protective effect on the liver has been clearly demonstrated in studies – it can weaken or even neutralise the harmful potential of substances that damage the liver. But that’s not all: milk thistle also speeds up the regeneration of liver cells.

You will find milk thistle in this dr.reinwald product:
ProZYM plus & HepaCHI


Cloves are not only an indispensable spice in the kitchen, but also a valuable remedy in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Chinese doctors were aware of its healing properties as early as the 3rd century BC.

In phytomedicine, cloves are known for their analgesic properties and are often used as a home remedy for toothache. But that’s not all! It aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. No wonder it is also a popular remedy for loss of appetite.

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Olive leaves

Olive leaves have been used in folk medicine for many centuries to treat a variety of ailments. Olive leaves played an important role in the medicine of the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as other peoples around the Mediterranean.

Hildegard von Bingen was also a great believer in olive leaves. She successfully treated digestive problems with a tea made from olive leaves. However, this tea tastes very bitter and astringent, which is why taking an extract is more pleasant. Olive leaf extract has powerful antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic effects and could therefore help in the treatment of many diseases.

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Peppermint has been known as a valuable medicinal plant for thousands of years. Even in our modern world, which is often far removed from nature, many people recognise at least the fresh, spicy scent of this popular medicinal plant.

Peppermint tea is particularly well known in the medicine cabinet. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, cold peppermint tea can be used as an excellent mouthwash to prevent or treat inflammation. Peppermint leaves are widely used to treat indigestion, flatulence and gastritis. If you have a heavy stomach after eating, indigestion or nausea, the neutralising effects of peppermint can help bring everything back into balance.

Peppermint also stimulates the production of bile and helps to facilitate its flow if you have spasms of the gallbladder and bile ducts.

In the stomach, peppermint stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, speeds up gastric emptying and stimulates the appetite. This effect is particularly appreciated by children and convalescents. In the intestines, peppermint tea has an antispasmodic effect and can reliably relieve abdominal pain caused by flatulence.

You will find peppermint in these dr.reinwald products:
HepaCHI & HerbiGOLD


The valuable constituents of the lingonberry are found in both the leaves and the berries. The antioxidant properties of the cranberry can help reduce oxidative stress reactions in the body. But that’s not all: the leaves and juice of this extraordinary berry are a miracle cure for urinary tract infections. Its anti-adhesive properties make it an unbeatable ally in the fight against bacteria and the prevention of urinary tract infections.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, lingonberry can support various inflammatory conditions in the body.

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With around 900 different plants, sage is one of the most diverse genera in the plant world. However, only true sage, also known as garden sage, kitchen sage or medicinal sage, finds its way into our kitchens and herbalist’s shops. Its Latin name, Salvia officinalis, refers to its medicinal properties, which have been known since ancient times – salvare means ‘to heal’ and salvus means ‘to be healthy’.

Despite the neurotoxin thujone, which is found in true sage and can cause hallucinations in high doses, sage is a versatile medicinal and aromatic plant. Fortunately, thujone is very poorly soluble in water, so only traces are found in sage tea, for example.

Sage has many positive effects and is considered to be antibacterial, antispasmodic, analgesic, stomachic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, menstrual regulating and blood purifying. So it’s no wonder that sage is considered a good remedy for coughs, perspiration, loss of appetite and stomach and intestinal disorders.

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Fir tips

Silver fir has been known as a medicinal plant for many centuries. Modern scientific research has confirmed that the constituents of fir have antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. The resin, needles, twig tips, twigs and bark of the fir are used for various medicinal purposes, as the ingredients of these components largely overlap.

The possible uses of fir as a remedy are diverse: needle oil, for example, can help with respiratory diseases such as coughs, asthma and whooping cough. The oil extracted from the cones is often used to make soap due to its antibacterial effect and is also popular for its fragrance. The oil from the branch tips can be used both internally for inflammation of the respiratory tract and externally for mild muscle pain and nerve pain. Fir resin acts as an expectorant, is often used for rheumatism and has a soothing effect as a bath additive for colds.

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The walnut is not only a popular delicacy in our part of the world, it has also been known as a medicinal plant since time immemorial! Its nuts and shells are used in folk medicine to make preparations that not only have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, but also strengthen and purify the body. Ointments containing walnuts are not only effective but also kind to the skin. Naturopaths swear by the wide range of uses for walnuts – from prevention to treatment of a variety of ailments.

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Wormwood herb

Paracelsus already knew that wormwood could relieve flatulence after a meal, but unfortunately it can also be irritating on an empty stomach. This is due to the bitter constituents, which stimulate the appetite and digestive juices. No wonder grazing cattle avoid wormwood! Paracelsus once said: “All herbs that cows avoid have great power!” However, as is often the case with medicinal plants, whether this power is healing or poisonous depends on the dosage.
Wormwood can also help with liver problems: It stimulates the detoxification of this important organ and ensures that secretions are not blocked, as is the case with hepatitis, for example.

You will find wormwood herb in these dr.reinwald products:
ImmuCHI & HerbiGOLD


Horsetail is a member of the horsetail family and is known as both a weed and a medicinal plant. It has been used for decades to clean pewter under various names such as field horsetail, tin grass or scouring herb. Names such as horse’s tail or sheep’s hay also refer to the common occurrence of field horsetail in meadows and fields. Sebastian Kneipp discovered the potential of horsetail as a remedy, which is why it is used to promote health today. Studies have shown its benefits for a range of conditions including irritable bladder, bladder infections, rheumatism, osteoporosis and water retention. Horsetail has also been used successfully for many other conditions. It can provide relief from various symptoms and complaints such as urinary problems (irritable bladder, cystitis, kidney stones), water retention, connective tissue weakness, osteoporosis, rheumatism, poorly healing wounds, perineal hernia and brittle nails.

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