Definition of herbalism in US English:



  • The study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants, now especially as a form of alternative medicine.

    • ‘We have already seen the minor ripple caused by idiots tossing about ma huang - which is a relatively mild stimulant in the realm of herbalism - but what happens when some genius decides that rauwolfia or foxglove is the new way to go?’
    • ‘Instead, you should find a qualified naturopath, who will use a combination of homeopathy, herbalism and nutrition to accelerate your recovery.’
    • ‘Common Western Skullcap is simply classified as a nervine in Western herbalism.’
    • ‘The names of specific diseases were not so well recognized at that time and so Hall reports cases in a complexity of signs and symptoms characteristic of the highest level of traditional herbalism.’
    • ‘So he began to study acupuncture and Chinese herbalism, found a job as a Chinese pharmacist in London and, when the offer came, leaped at the chance of going to study massage in China.’
    • ‘This is an important heart herb in Western herbalism.’
    • ‘Cheating and misrepresentation has been endemic in the field of herbalism at least since the time of the Egyptians and Greeks.’
    • ‘The main harm from classical homeopathy is not likely to come from its remedies, which are probably safe but ineffective, though this is changing as homeopathy becomes indiscernible from herbalism in some places.’
    • ‘Maybe divination's not for you; maybe your forte is in healing, so you receive your Reiki attunements and do healings that way, or maybe it's herbalism and you take what you learn and help people.’
    • ‘Lay practitioners of ancient skills such as bone setting, herbalism, and a range of physical therapies lost place to a medical profession fortified by accumulating scientific techniques of diagnosis and safer interventions.’
    • ‘Indeed, polls suggest more than 50% of the population now look to alternative treatments - such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbalism and reflexology - to plug the gaps.’
    • ‘Homoeopathy, herbalism, acupuncture and acupressure are popular forms of treatment, while focusing on improving posture can also be beneficial.’
    • ‘Here specialists in naturopathy, herbalism, aromatherapy and massage line up to de-stress the city dweller with a variety of enticing treatments.’
    • ‘This is traditionally considered the supreme tonic of Chinese herbalism.’
    • ‘Overall, there are many common elements in the practice of physiomedical herbalism and older traditional systems, especially Ayurveda.’
    • ‘Andrew Bentley is a professional herbalist in Lexington, Kentucky, with a background encompassing European, Native American, and Asian Modalities of herbalism.’
    • ‘Such plant lore resided in the countryside, and herbalism and the women who preserved the tradition were under increasing attack from urban, university-centered, male medical practitioners.’
    • ‘They are important in the treatment of most genital urinary inflammations as well as herpes simplex and are so used with great effectiveness in both Chinese and Western herbalism.’
    • ‘The use of warming stimulants such as cayenne and ginger and the vapor bath became the primary therapy of Thompsonian physiomedical herbalism.’
    • ‘Alternative medicine consists of a number of types of therapies, including chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, herbalism and homeopathy.’