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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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Eliseo Torres discusses his experience with curanderismo as both an academic and as a Mexican-American growing up in a small community where folk medicine was a common cultural practice.
EOAz has shown efficacy as an antispasmodic agent in intestinal (Bezerra et al., 2000) and vascular smooth muscle and as an anti-hypertensive agent (Lahlou et al., 2002), effects consistent with its use in folk medicine. Despite the popularity of A.
Folk medicine as a form of health care was once confined to rural populations, but its practice has now spread to urban populations, who are reportedly seeking alternatives to expensive modern medicines produced synthetically.
Honey, which has antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat coughs - and help wounds heal.
Used in folk medicine in several parts of the world, mainly in the east of Europe, propolis shows several biological properties, such as antimicrobial, anaesthetic, antioxidant, antitumoral, regenerative, immunomodulatory, among others.
Begun in 2000, the program is intended to fund examinations of systems of traditional knowledge such as the Indian system of Ayurveda, American Indian medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and Latin American folk medicine with the goal of increasing the quality of clinical research evaluating the efficacy of such traditional, indigenous systems of medicine.
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They employed saponins extracted from the knots of Wistaria brachybotrys-agents long used in Japanese folk medicine to fight cancer.
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Coupling these beneficial effects with its use in folk medicine, N.