herbal medicine

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

herbal medicine

1. The study or use of medicinal herbs to prevent and treat diseases and ailments or to promote health and healing.
2. A drug or preparation made from a plant or plants and used for any of such purposes.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

herbal medicine

The use of substances extracted from flowers, fruits, roots, seeds and stems, either alone or as an adjunct to other forms of alternative healthcare or physical manipulation.

Aromatherapy, ayurvedic herbal medicine, Bach flower remedies, Chinese herbal medicine.

Classic texts on herbal medicine
Chakra Samhita, The Complete Herbal, De Materia Medica, Pen Ts’ao, Rigveda, Theatrum Botanicum.

Used for
Abcesses, acidity, acne, addiction disorders, adenoids, agoraphobia, alcoholism, allergies, anaemia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, athletes’ foot, bedwetting, bites and stings, bladder problems, blisters, bone fractures, bronchitis, bruxism, bruises, bunions, burns, bursitis, candidiasis, celiac disease, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome, circulatory defects, claustrophobia, the common cold, coughs, cramps, dandruff, earache, eczema, emphysema, eyestrain, fatigue, fever, flatulence, fluid retention, food poisoning, frozen shoulder, gallstones, gastrointestinal tract complaints (e.g., anal changes, gastritis, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhoea and irritable bowl syndrome), gout, halitosis, hangover, hay fever, headaches, heat rash, heartburn, haemorrhoids, hiccups, hives, hypertension, hypotension, incontinence, infertility, insomnia, jaundice, jet lag, laryngitis, low back pain, measles, menopausal disorders, mental depression, menstrual dysfunction, migraines, mineral deficiencies, mood swings, morning sickness, mumps, neurologic complaints, obesity, painful conditions (e.g., neuralgia), panic attacks, parasites, periodontal disease, phobias, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, prolapsed vertebral disks, prostate disease, psoriasis, renal disease, rheumatic disease, sciatica, sexual dysfunction, shortness of breath, sinusitis, sleep disorders, sports injuries, stasis (decubitus) ulcers, stress, tension, thyroid disease, tics, tinnitus, vaginitis, vertigo, warts, wheezing, whooping cough, and other conditions.

There are few peer-reviewed studies supporting the efficacy of herbal medicine.

Herbs and plants used
Agrimony, anise, apple, balm, bayberry, blackberry leaves, boneset, borage, buchu, burdock, calamus root, caraway, catnip, cayenne, celandine, chamomile, chicory root, coltsfoot, comfrey, coriander, damiana, dill, echinea, elder, elecampene, fennel, feverfew, flax, garlic, gentian, ginger, ginkgo, goldenrod, goldenseal, gota kola, ground ivy, hops, horehound, horseradish, hyssop, Irish moss, juniper, lavender, lemon, liquorice, lobelia, marshmallow, milk thistle, mistletoe, motherwort, mugwort, mullein, mustard, myrtle, nettle, nutmeg, oak bark, pennyroyal, peppermint, plaintain, pokeroot, purslane, red clover, rosemary, rue, sage, Saint John’s wort, saw , skullcap, senna, slippery elm, sumac, tarragon, valerian, wormwood, yarrow, yellow dock and others.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

herbal medicine

Botanical medicine, botanomedicine, herbalism, phytomedicine, phytotherapy, vegotherapy Alternative health As usually defined in alternative medicine, the therapeutic use of extracts from flowers, fruits, roots, seeds, and stems, alone or as an adjunct to other forms of alternative health care or physical manipulation–eg, massages. See Alterative, Alternative medicine, Analgesic, Anthelmintic, Antibiotic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Botanical toxicity, Carminative, Cathertic, Decoction, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Douche, Emetic, Emmenagogue, Enema, Ethnomedicine, Fluid extract, Green extract, Hepatic, Infusion, Laxative, Naturopathy, Nervine, Ointment, Poultice, Stomachic, Suppository, Syrup, Tincture.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

nat·ur·o·path·ic med·i·cine

(nā'chŭr-ō-path-ik mĕd-i-sin)
A branch of health care based on recognition of the healing power of nature. It supplements conventional medical theory and practice with emphasis on understanding and treating the whole patient, avoiding potentially harmful therapies, adding education for self-care, and aiding nature to restore health and equilibrium. Methods include dietary revision, counseling for lifestyle modification, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and mind-body therapies. Naturopathic physicians are licensed in some states as primary health care providers with authority to write prescriptions.


An imprecise but common usage for any agent in any form intended to improve or affect health; sold over the counter, without prescription and without F.D.A. oversight about potency, appropriateness, or purity.
See also: naturopathic medicine
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

herbal medicine

A form of medical treatment using extracts of herbs. Many orthodox and important drugs are derived from herbs, but herbalists concentrate on those not considered by pharmacologists to be of sufficient medical value to exploit. Because of the variability of the amounts of the active ingredients in herbs and because these medicines are not assayed, instances of poisoning by herbal remedies regularly appear in the medical press. There are moves to regulate this trade.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Patient discussion about herbal medicine

Q. I don’t have any idea about herbal medicine. Hi! My 7 years old daughter is suffering from asthma and this gets severe with cold. I would like to know, is there any herbal medicine or syrup that my daughter can take for her asthma and cold. I don’t have any idea about herbal medicine. Thank You.

A. HELLO JUSTIN,their is herbal meds out there,to help people from getting a cold,because when a person with asthma-gets a cold,it will bring on a attack. once an asthma attack starts,you have to use conventional meds.bronchodilators(inhalers)-steroids-methylxanthines-and sometimes oxygen. Herbal meds work slower than conventional meds-you cant use them for a disease like asthma,because time is everything when a person has and asthma attack,because no one can predict how long an attack will last---my suggestion to you is to find a pulmonologist(DR).--not a regular dr. IF you can keep your child from getting a cold--from being around dust in the house-smoke--fumes,and some odors--an asthma attack can start from exertion(exercise-induced asthma)---foods/wine-some dyes found in candy(yellow dye)--aspirin some cheeses--spores-pollens,animal danders.If you decide to try herbal meds(PLEASE)check with your DR. first------mrfoot56

Q. Can herbal medicine help for this and how much? I am diabetic for the past 3 years and I am taking glimeprimide for long. The moment I find my blood glucose level down I stop taking glimeprimide but soon my glucose jumps up to danger levels. I am fed up with this and I can’t control on my diet....can herbal medicine help for this and how much?

A. actually herbal medicine can be that helpful, but unfortunately there is lack of valid studies of most herbal medication knowledge. I'm not saying that herbal medicine cannot help, but a lot of doctors don't aware or don't know about the good of herbal medicine.

i will suggest you to consult with your internist for that, but if you believe that herbal medicine can help you, try that. but it for start, cannot replace your glimepiride. slowly but sure, when you improve your diabetic level (by regularly checking your blood glucose level), you can discuss that progress with your doctor.

Good luck, and stay healthy always..

Q. Which HERBAL medicine will increase my memory? I am reporter working for a familiar news channel with reputed name. The management trusts my words because I am very good in my memory. But for the past few months I am facing some memory loss and took some English medicine which is not much effective. So now I like to change my medication. Which HERBAL medicine will increase my memory?

A. Yes, Macska - I actually heard that that helps your memory a lot. Also math problems.

More discussions about herbal medicine
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.
References in periodicals archive ?
Herbal medicines have pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions with conventional drugs.
The lack of regulation of herbal medicines means the potency of such preparations is unknown and can vary significantly (5).
Charles Saerang, chairman of the association of medicinal herb companies, said the increase in sales of medicinal herbs in the country was caused not only by growing demand on the domestic and international markets but also by the growing number of pharmaceutical companies producing herbal medicines. Exports are estimated to contribute 10% to the total sales of herbal medicines.
In the interim, the NHAA will be working to have naturopathy and Western herbal medicine removed from the "banned list".
Flower " In 2011, a scheme designed to guarantee the quality of herbal medicines in the UK was launched by the government regulator, the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
* Removal of the government rebate to private health insurers in relation to natural therapies removes the 'pseudoregulatory' function which is currently acting in the public interest, and is likely to allow underqualified and non-compliant persons to practise naturopathy or Western Herbal Medicine with no professional checks or balances.
'The study recommends regulation of herbal medicine and more research into herbal medicine with a view to integrating it into modern healthcare delivery system,' Nzuki said.
Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wainaina said that upon establishment, the centre will ensure quality production and use of herbal medicine."The centre [will] help build a vibrant natural health products industry through development and utilisation of an interface between indigenous knowledge and modern science, technology and innovations," said Prof Wainaina.
'In the recent times, the activities of the herbal medicine practitioners in Niger state have increased.
(5) reported IMP patients often have a history of the long-term use of a Chinese herbal medicine. These Chinese herbal medicines usually included Sansisi (G.
[12] determined the extent of herbal medicine use in children through preanesthetic evaluation.
Herbal medicine gets positive results almost 100 per cent of the time, with no side effects," he insists.