Also known as herbal medicine or botanical medicine, herbalism refers to the use of plants and other natural substances for healing, preventing and treating illness, and improving health. With a holistic approach to health, herbal medicine addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an individual.

Herbalists or herbal practitioners are especially trained in the field of herbal medicine, which is recognized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the Western world. Statistics published by the World Health Organization indicate that up to 80% of people worldwide use herbs, spices, and herbal remedies in their health care plan. Labeling standards for herbal remedies are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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