ethnomedicine

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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.