folk illnesses

folk illnesses

[fōk]
health disorders that are attributed to nonscientific causes. The major categories are naturalistic illnesses, caused by impersonal factors such as yin-yang forces, and personalistic illnesses, caused by evil eye or other "magic."
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In medical anthropology, they are described as folk illnesses and said to be kind of 'syndromes from which members of a particular group claim to suffer and for which their culture provides an aetiology, a diagnosis, preventive measures and regimes of healing' [21].
Folk illnesses which have become the domain of 'szeptuchy' folk healers.
A limpia is a spiritual cleansing used to diagnose and/or cure some folk illnesses.
But for the most common folk illnesses, perhaps, it does not make much difference if a child is diagnosed with Caida de la Mollera or dehydration, because fluid replacement is the goal of both traditional and modern therapeutic approaches.
The most unique culturally related health conditions, however, are folk illnesses (called curanderismo).