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

Examples of herbal medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Learn about ancient Chinese herbal medicine with a complimentary consultation. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Five Best Cruises for a Post-Holiday Detox," 18 Dec. 2019 Chinese medicine practitioners have been treating patients with herbal medicine and acupuncture around the globe, from the Czech Republic to South Sudan. Washington Post, "Is China’s Old Pharma Too Complex to Simplify?," 4 Sep. 2019 For its part, Gabon is home to Kezavingo, a type of African rosewood, which is revered and believed to offer protection to locals, and are sources of leaves used in traditional rites and herbal medicine. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "China’s unending demand for rosewood furniture is damaging African forests," 16 Sep. 2019 Like in Gabon, Mukula hardwood trees are considered essential to local ecosystems and are often used for herbal medicine. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "China’s unending demand for rosewood furniture is damaging African forests," 16 Sep. 2019 In addition to cannabis, Olivia is also taking several other herbal medicines — John lists uña de gato (cat's claw), sangre de drago, camu camu, and graviola, to name a few. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Olivia Newton John Claims Cannabis Has "Helped Me Greatly" With Cancer Battle," 5 Sep. 2019 Thoughtful foraging practice, whether for kai (food) or Rongoā Māori (herbal medicine), is to prioritize great respect for the forest, for the Māori people, the bush and the native plants are also ancestors. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Explores New Zealand’s Rugged South," 2 July 2019 In herbal medicine, adaptogens are non-toxic plants that help the body adapt to stress and maintain a sense of well-being. Meirav Devash, Marie Claire, "6 of the Best CBD Skincare Products You Can Buy at Sephora," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of herbal medicine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of herbal medicine was in 1848

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5 Feb 2020

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“Herbal medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herbal%20medicine. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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