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folk medicine

n.
Traditional medicine as practiced by nonprofessional healers or embodied in local custom or lore, generally involving the use of natural and especially herbal remedies.
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folk medicine

n
(Medicine) the traditional art of medicine as practised among rustic communities and primitive peoples, consisting typically of the use of herbal remedies, fruits and vegetables thought to have healing power, etc
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folk′ med`icine


n.
health practices arising from cultural traditions, from empirical use of native remedies, esp. food substances, or from superstition.
[1895–1900]
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It contains about seven hundred magical remedies and descriptions of folk medicine for the treatment of various ailments.
29); it accepts Sanders' population estimate of 1.2 million for central Mexico at the Spanish conquest over Cook and Borah's of 2.5 million; it dismisses Aztec cannibalism of sacrificial victims as a response to protein deficiency because the productivity of Aztec lands obviated the meager protein that ritual cannibalism would have provided; and it sees ample Aztec-not simply Hispanic-influences in contemporary Mexican folk medicine. While often reasonable, these arguments neglect problematic issues and at times appear overstated by merely asserting findings the author has published elsewhere.
Scientists have just completed the first controlled experiment validating one of folk medicine's favorite treatment: eating yogurt can prevent vaginal yeast infections.
In fact, resveratrol and been used since ancient times as a Chinese and Japanese folk medicine to treat hypolipodemia, a condition that is linked to high cholesterol levels and arteriosclerosis.
But so-called kitchen or folk medicine is gradually disappearing into history.
But just tell your doctor you want to eat garlic to help keep your heart healthy or protect you from cancer, and you'll get either a shrug or a stern lecture about the folly of folk medicine.
Garlic and onions have been considered folk medicine staples in China since the millennium before Christ's birth.
In the aggregate, folklore includes not only such verbal lore as tales, epics, chants, ballads, and riddles but also the diverse traditions of folk art, folk music, folk dance, and folk medicine. Central to the study of folklore, and of much literature, is the folktale.
At one time a very popular folk medicine it has now fallen into decline because of the presence of aristolocic acid.
He puts the first Christians within their Jewish or pagan traditions, both of whom relied on Greek medical theories alongside local folk medicine. While miraculous healing was part of their belief, it did not follow that Christians expected a miracle every time they had the sniffles.
Topics that were covered included the Traditional Folk Medicine of Argentina, Sustainability of Herbal Medicine and the benefits of herbal medicines for those with low income.