Herbal medicine. English book on herbal medicine showing an illustrated page of herbs and flowers. Assorted "live" herbs such as lavender, rosemary, and juniper berries are also seen with herbal tablets, ointment and an oil preparation. Herbal medicine has been practised by many cultures for thousands of years, and has gained some acceptance by parts of the modern Western medical profession. Herbalism is still practised widely in India and the Far East, using a large variety of plant matter and extracts to cure the symptoms of many illnesses. Modern herbalists dispense pre- scriptions either in the dried form for making hot water infusions, or as capsules of plant extract.
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