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tree-hugger • naturopath • remedies
pharmaceutical • immune
  1. As a nurse, she strongly believes in the powers of medicine.
  2. This is the time of year when you have to do everything you can to boost your system.
  3. Studying environmental ethics at university turning him into quite a.
  4. There is a whole section at the organic supermarket that is just for natural .
  5. Since she is a , she always has plenty of teas and lotions that she can give you to help with whatever problem you have.
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618 Natural Medicine
Lucinda talks about using natural remedies to maintain health.

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Because our family is really into nature, people called us tree-huggers.

People that really love the environment and are very concerned with protecting the earth are frequently called 'tree-huggers.' This is also a common nickname for a hippie. Notice the following:

  1. Her music was always really popular with the tree-huggers.
  2. Our nature group is really just a bunch of tree-huggers.


My auntie is a naturopath and is involved with natural medicine.

A 'naturopath' is a person who uses natural medicine and techniques to cure sicknesses, instead of modern medicine. A naturopath may use plants to help a person recover when he is sick. Notice the following:

  1. He has been seeing a naturopath for his back problems.
  2. People depend more on naturopaths than modern doctors in Vietnam.

natural remedies

Being a naturopath, my auntie uses natural remedies for sickness instead of medicines.

'Natural remedies' are cures that do not involve modern medicine. These would be things like teas, massages, herb mixtures, etc. Notice the following:

  1. My grandmother always has the best natural remedies.
  2. More people are looking for natural remedies to their medical problems now.

pharmaceutical medicine

A regular doctor would usually prescribe pharmaceutical medicine for any illness.

'Pharmaceutical medicine' is a kind of medicine that you can only get after a trip to a doctor. You must request this medicine from a pharmacy, where it is highly regulated. Notice the following:

  1. Some companies want to keep people using pharmaceutical medicine so they can make money.
  2. Pharmaceutical medicine is very expensive in some countries.

immune system

If you feel down or sick, my auntie would give you something to boost your immune system.

Your 'immune system' is what protects you from getting sick. It kills off harmful bacteria or germs that enter into your body. Notice the following:

  1. From the time she was a baby, she has always had a week immune system.
  2. Eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep will both keep your immune system strong.