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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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The Interrelationship of Scientific and Folk Medicine in the United States since 1850.
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Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), a member of the sunflower family, has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis and fevers.
Dr Lowe said: "Garlic has been used for many centuries, as both a flavouring and a folk medicine.
A type of folk medicine that flourished long before the development of conventional medicine.
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