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folk med·i·cine

treatment of ailments outside clinical medicine by remedies and simple measures based on experience and knowledge handed down from generation to generation.

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.

folk medicine

Ethnomedicine
A general term for any system of healthcare practised among natives of a particular cultural group, the effectiveness of which hinges on belief in chosen treatment (e.g., plants, rituals, charms and others) more than its actual proven efficacy.

Naturopathy
Folk remedy, see there.

folk med·i·cine

(fōk med'i-sin)
Treatment of ailments with remedies and simple measures based on experience and knowledge handed on from generation to generation.

folk medicine

Systems of medical treatment based on anecdotal tradition, empiricism and often magic, rather than experimental validation. Folk medicine is part of the cultural tradition of all societies and has, in the past, commanded wide support. Some folk remedies have had medical value, but most have been based on superstition and primitive associational reasoning; for instance, a plant root that resembles a pregnant woman might be deemed to be ‘good for’ pregnancy sickness.

folk med·i·cine

(fōk med'i-sin)
Treatment of ailments outside clinical medicine using remedies and simple measures based on long experience.
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Instead, they see Andean folk healers, called curanderos or chamanes, who treat mental illness as a spiritual disease.
The Central American community has its own folk healers (for example, curanderos, sobadores, parcheros, and hierbistas), but this community has also been open to ethnomedical approaches stemming from other Latino cultural groups.
Because going to the folk healer is not considered morally acceptable by the priest and some community members, individuals seek this source of help as a last resort.
For these communities, one way to access care has been to continue to rely on the folk healers who have provided basic health care in rural villages for centuries.
Instead, people turned to folk healers, herbalists and midwives.
Folk healers employ a range of remedies including prayer, healing touch or laying on of hands, charms, herbal teas, and magic rituals.
Book reviewers: Chakra Publishing House (Caribbean) needs advance reviewers for four of its forthcoming books: (1)Trinidad Hindi Dictionary; (2) The biography of Sat Maharaj: Hindu civil rights leader of Trinidad; (3) Essays on Caribbean Literature; (4) Women Folk Healers in the Caribbean.
Ask whether any community or folk healers are being used, and how.
The students also learn about traditional folk healers called curanderos who use alternative healing methods in conjunction with herbal medicines to treat patients.
Few of those countries can regulate their folk healers or share their plant lore -- which may be a miracle cure or a poison.
I went to great pains to demonstrate the interpenetration of Maloh (as I called them) and non-Maloh cultural elements: Bernstein includes Malay folk healers and associated concepts and practices within his analysis of Taman shamanism.