The Herbs in Pro â€¢ EssenceBurdock root - Arctium lappaThis plant has been used for centuries throughout the world because of its powerful cleansing and purifying properties. It can help the excretory system function at optimum efficiency, thereby improving the elimination of wastes and fluids that are toxic to the body. Burdock contains several vitamins and high amounts of many of the important minerals. The Chinese considered burdock to be strengthening and nutritive, making it an excellent tonic. Burdock's main active ingredient is inulin, which aids the metabolism and the immune system, boosting energy and strengthening the body's resistance.Slippery elm bark - Ulmus rubraThe bark used here is the inner bark, which cleanses, soothes and strengthens the mucous membranes, thereby revitalizing the entire body. It has a mucilagenous property, which helps heal by gathering, dissolving and eliminating excess mucous.Prickly ash bark - Xanthoxylum clava-herculisPrickly ash's main influence is a stimulating one, much like cayenne, making it an excellent tonic. One of its components, berberine, has been shown to help rejuvenate the body when the immune system is compromised. Its gentle action is especially beneficial to the convalescent, and the elderly. It helps alleviate difficulties in a variety of body systems.Juniper berry - Juniperus communisUsed in folk medicine for many years, these berries have a historical reputation as an effective diuretic, benefiting the organs of excretion. Juniper berries are traditionally believed to have antiseptic qualities, and they have an active ingredient that makes them an excellent bitter.Bearberry - Arctostaphylos uva-ursiTraditionally bearberry is a popular astringent and tonic, and has many health promoting actions specific to the bladder and kidneys. They soothe, tone and strengthen, as well as aiding in the elimination of uric acid.