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Herbal medicine is the practice of using any part of a plant to heal illness and promote vitality. It is also known as herbalism and botanical medicine. Practitioners of herbal medicine are often referred to as herbalists. The majority of the world’s population rely on herbal medicines for some part of their health care. Herbalists typically emphasize a more natural approach to medicine and use a holistic view of a person’s health, treating the causes rather than the symptoms of illness. Herbal medication is also complementary to other therapies, such as mental health counseling, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, meditation, massage, and so on.

Historical Context

Since before recorded history, people all over the world have used plants for medicine. The knowledge of medicinal plants has been passed down ...

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