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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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However, if they are unable to access other sources of care and/or if they have a multigenerational support system, they may rely in part on folk medicine as the source of care.
In continuation of our studies of essential oil from medicinal plants used in folk medicine in North-central Nigeria, we investigated the leaf essential oil of Vitex agnus-castus.
Guava leaves are used in folk medicine as a remedy for diarrhea and, as well as the bark, for their supposed antimicrobial properties and as an astringent.
Folk medicine, traditional methods of healthcare and natural health resorts are patronized by the state.
Extracts of the plant Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St John's wort, have long been used in folk medicine to treat depression and sleep disorders.
Green mate is traditionally used in folk medicine for its stimulant, diuretic and appetite suppressant effects; it can also be used to support weight management and act as an adjuvant in slimming regimes.
The report by the Pew Hispanic Center also found that half of high school-educated Latinos don't seek regular medical care and that more American-born Latinos use folk medicine than Latinos living here who were born outside the U.
Herbs have been used in folk medicine for many generations and, until modern times, were the only remedies available.
The name arnica (Estonian arnika), however, is known in Estonian folk medicine, and information on its use for healing various diseases can be obtained from numerous folklore reports, which makes arnica one of the thirty most popular plant names in Estonian herbal folk medicine.
In Asia the whole fruit, especially the xanthone-packed rind, has been utilized in folk medicine to treat a variety of conditions.
The antioxidant, antibacterial, and antivirus properties of green tea have long been known in folk medicine.
The mangosteen tree grows in tropical areas and has been used in folk medicine.