Definition of herbal medicine in English:

herbal medicine


  • 1[mass noun] The study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants; herbalism.

    • ‘This useful book aims to make the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese herbal medicine accessible to almost everyone.’
    • ‘We had been introduced to alternative medicine as a possible cure for Spence's asthma and became interested in the history of herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Marie-Loup, a carpenter's illiterate daughter, knows her way around a forest, practices herbal medicine and has Native friends.’
    • ‘Aloe is included in the pharmacopeia of Indian Ayurvedic physicians and in the literature on Chinese herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Its bark also contains valuable pain relieving properties, exploited for centuries in traditional herbal medicine.’
    • ‘A practitioner of traditional Chinese herbal medicine must conform to the standards of a reasonably competent practitioner of that art.’
    • ‘He is also a healer, who practices herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Hops are widely used in European herbal medicine to treat restlessness, anxiety and sleep disturbances.’
    • ‘The therapies increasing the most included herbal medicine, massage, megavitamins, self-help groups, folk remedies, energy healing and homeopathy.’
    • ‘Modulation in herbal medicine means to counteract the effects of stress and bring a process back to normal levels.’
    1. 1.1Remedies and medicines made from plants.
      ‘traditional doctors prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness’
      [count noun] ‘treatment with herbal medicines’
      • ‘There is a space for staff to prepare over sixty ayurvedic herbal medicines, using more than eighty herbal ingredients gathered or purchased locally.’
      • ‘Some traditional medical practitioners use herbal medicines and set broken bones.’
      • ‘I'm supposed to get recommendations for herbal medicine to supplement my regular meds.’
      • ‘Traditional doctors practice acupuncture and prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness.’
      • ‘His father was a blacksmith and his mother a wise-woman who used herbal medicines to cure common illnesses.’
      • ‘Herbal medicines have a reputation for being "safe."’
      • ‘None of these herbal medicines is free of adverse effects.’
      • ‘Plenty of people assume that the pharmaceuticals their doctors prescribe are better than herbal medicines.’
      • ‘Japanese Americans opened shops to provide Japanese food and herbal medicines.’
      • ‘I later learned I was dying from the herbal medicine the doctor gave me as a 'cure'.’
      • ‘Medical care is generally good and includes both modern scientific and traditional Chinese-style herbal medicines.’