chicken soup

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chicken soup

Chinese medicine
Fresh chicken broth has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic, and recommended for children, the elderly, those with GI complaints and those recuperating from chronic disease, pregnancy and surgery.

Folk medicine
A fowl broth with a long tradition as a home remedy for upper respiratory tract infections, which may be a nasal decongestant, inhibit growth of pneumococci in vitro and stimulate immune responsiveness of white cells.

Mainstream medicine
A popular term for a drug, manoeuvre or device with little or no benefit, which may be used in absence of a therapy known to be effective.
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chicken soup

Chicken broth Folk medicine Jewish penicillin A fowl broth with a long tradition as a home remedy for URIs, which may be a nasal decongestant, inhibit growth of pneumococci in vitro, and stimulate immune responsiveness in WBCs Mainstream medicine A popular term for a drug, maneuver, or device with little or no benefit, which may be used in absence of an efficacious product. See Band-Aid® therapy, 'Homeopathic. ', Placebo.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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