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ethnomedicine

/eth·no·med·i·cine/ (eth″no-med´ĭ-sin) medical systems based on the cultural beliefs and practices of specific ethnic groups.ethnomed´ical

ethnomedicine

Any of a number of traditional, often aboriginal, medical systems that use native plants and herbs, which may be administered by a medicine man, witch doctor, curandero or shaman. Ethnomedical practitioners generally receive their education through a long apprenticeship, and may administer the therapy in a ritual and evoke the help of a deity. Ethnic medical practice is waning in cultures influenced or colonised by Western civilisation.

ethnomedicine (ethˈ·nō·meˑ·di·sin),

n the comparative study of native or indigenous systems of medicine. The topics of this study generally include etiology of disease, practitioners and their role in health care, and types of treatment administered.