herbal medicine


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

Examples of herbal medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nearly 20-foot-long manuscript, which focuses mainly on herbal medicine and skin conditions, contains a short section outlining embalming methods, including how to preserve a dead person’s face. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Oldest Known Mummification Manual Reveals How Egyptians Embalmed the Face," 5 Mar. 2021 Covid-19 free last June, also ordered a shipment of the Madagascan herbal medicine to treat the respiratory disease last year. Farai Shawn Matiashe, Quartz, "Covid-19 vaccines face a trust gap against some traditional African remedies," 1 Mar. 2021 The school, which offers outpatient care along with programs in acupuncture, herbal medicine, yoga therapy and health coaching, earned university accreditation in 2013 and began offering doctoral programs in 2015. baltimoresun.com, "Howard County Guide 2021: Education and schools," 24 Feb. 2021 Topics will include: allergy and immunology; functional medicine, herbal medicine and pain management; and anti-inflammatory diet. courant.com, "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 20 Nov. 2020 The Chinese have cultivated it for millennia as herbal medicine. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: A savory way with rhubarb," 13 June 2020 In the Netherlands, too, the herbal medicine remains available to soothe the people in these very stressful times. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The case for books as “essential” in a time of pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 Several other antiviral drugs as well as traditional Chinese herbal medicines are also under study for their virus-fighting potential. Time, "China Seeks Plasma From Recovered Patients as Virus Treatment," 14 Feb. 2020 Nearly 800 people died in that epidemic, which saw desperate people emptying shops for Chinese herbal medicines and vinegar that would turn out to be ineffective. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China’s battle with the Wuhan coronavirus is shackled by a toxic relationship with information," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of herbal medicine

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of herbal medicine was in 1829

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9 Mar 2021

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“Herbal medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal%20medicine. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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