Definition of herbal medicine in US English:

herbal medicine


  • 1The 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.’
    • ‘Its bark also contains valuable pain relieving properties, exploited for centuries in traditional herbal medicine.’
    • ‘Hops are widely used in European herbal medicine to treat restlessness, anxiety and sleep disturbances.’
    • ‘A practitioner of traditional Chinese herbal medicine must conform to the standards of a reasonably competent practitioner of that art.’
    • ‘Modulation in herbal medicine means to counteract the effects of stress and bring a process back to normal levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is also a healer, who practices herbal medicine.’
    • ‘The therapies increasing the most included herbal medicine, massage, megavitamins, self-help groups, folk remedies, energy healing and homeopathy.’
    1. 1.1 Remedies and medicines made from plants.
      ‘traditional doctors prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness’
      ‘treatment with herbal medicines’
      • ‘None of these herbal medicines is free of adverse effects.’
      • ‘I later learned I was dying from the herbal medicine the doctor gave me as a 'cure'.’
      • ‘His father was a blacksmith and his mother a wise-woman who used herbal medicines to cure common illnesses.’
      • ‘Medical care is generally good and includes both modern scientific and traditional Chinese-style herbal medicines.’
      • ‘I'm supposed to get recommendations for herbal medicine to supplement my regular meds.’
      • ‘Plenty of people assume that the pharmaceuticals their doctors prescribe are better than herbal medicines.’
      • ‘Some traditional medical practitioners use herbal medicines and set broken bones.’
      • ‘There is a space for staff to prepare over sixty ayurvedic herbal medicines, using more than eighty herbal ingredients gathered or purchased locally.’
      • ‘Traditional doctors practice acupuncture and prescribe herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of illness.’
      • ‘Japanese Americans opened shops to provide Japanese food and herbal medicines.’
      • ‘Herbal medicines have a reputation for being "safe."’


herbal medicine

/ˌ(h)ərbəl ˈmɛdəsən//ˌ(h)ərbəl ˈmedəsən/