herbal medicine

noun

Definition of herbal medicine 

1 : the art or practice of using herbs and herbal preparations to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease

2 : a plant or plant part or an extract or mixture of these used in herbal medicine

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The holy man made his living providing ritual sacrifices and herbal medicines for a hefty price and Samta’s generosity towards her villagers was damaging his business. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 Cow urine is used in herbal medicines and facial cleansers, and also draws considerable R&D for its hemotherapeutic potential. Nita Rudra, Washington Post, "India just retaliated with new tariffs on U.S. goods. Here’s why developing economies like tariffs.," 28 June 2018 Two bodies — those of the only Sikh candidate for the Afghan Parliament, and of a shopkeeper who sold herbal medicine — were taken to Kabul. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 The Army ambulances carrying the bodies, and three minibuses carrying the mourners, passed through the Baharistan area, where Raju Singh had his herbal medicine shop. New York Times, "Bomb Rattles an Afghan Minority So Small ‘No One Is a Stranger’," 2 July 2018 Wainimate meaning herbs or herbal medicine uses local curing botany, Molikaro, the wide variety of native citrus trees, Senikau, countless tropical blooms and Qele, our indigenous roots, woods and spices. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The class covers how acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help in regulating pre- and post-menopausal hormone changes. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Poker Tourney raises $250K for Boys&Girls Club...community news," 25 May 2018 Proponents of Western and herbal medicine are often at odds with each other. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Meet The Registered Nurse And Herbalist Who Grows Her Own Natural Cures," 28 Aug. 2017 Xi has undergone three years of various infertility treatments, including taking a bitter herbal medicine for three months, three rounds of ovulation induction therapy and one laparoscopic surgery to restore displaced tissues in her uterus. Serenitie Wang, CNN, "Recovering from one child: China's growing fertility problem," 7 May 2018

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1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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herbal medicine

noun

Medical Definition of herbal medicine 

1 : the art or practice of using herbs and herbal remedies to maintain health and to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease

called also herbalism

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