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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.
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Nigerian ethnomedicine and medicinal plant flora--The Benue experience.
Institute for Ethnomedicine, California State University Fullerton, Department of Biological Science, Fullerton, CA 92831.
Bonnie Blair O'Connor, Healing Tradition: Alternative Medicine and the Health Professions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), 32; Wonda Fontenot, Secret Doctors: Ethnomedicine of African Americans (Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey, 1994), 36-45.
She concludes that the relationship between ethnomedicine and biomedicine is best described as syncretic; that is, Kazakhs eventually chose and blended from the two rather than rejecting one or the other.
On the research side, an ethnomedicine survey is currently being carried out along side other studies to document and/or verify what have already been previously reported.
See Inhorn (1994) for a lengthy discussion of the role of munaggimin in Egyptian ethnomedicine.
Ozioko and a voucher specimen (INTERCEDD/1579) was deposited in the herbarium at the International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (InterCEDD), Nsukka, Nigeria.
The Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine have accepted the findings of the research for publication in 2014.