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  Folk medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Within a given culture, elements of folk medicine knowledge may be diffusely known by many adults, or may be gathered and applied by those in a specific role of healer, shaman, midwife, witch, or dealer in herbs.
Folk medicine is sometimes associated with quackery when practiced as theatrics or otherwise practiced fraudulently, and sometimes with witchcraft and often with shamanism, yet it may also preserve important knowledge and cultural tradition from the past.
In the USA, an old folk medicine field called apitherapy, in which bee stings or venom is used to aid victims of autoimmune disorders like arthritis or multiple sclerosis, is receiving renewed interest in recent years.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Folk_medicine   (489 words)

 Handbook of Texas Online: FOLK MEDICINE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Folk medical beliefs and practices differ from culture to culture in Texas but have in common the process by which they are passed on-from person to person and generation to generation by word of mouth and imitation.
Folk illnesses include susto, fright or terror usually treated by "sweeping" with "brooms" made of special plants and herbs; and empacho, timidity or incapacity ascribed to blockage of the digestive tract and treated with massages and herbal potions.
Folk medicine for minor ailments is usually in the charge of the mother, grandmother, or aunt in an extended family.
www.tsha.utexas.edu /handbook/online/articles/view/FF/sdf1.html   (1710 words)

 Folk Belief and Folk Medicine
Folk Belief is a body of traditional knowledge by means of which a community or individuals conceptualize and interpret the natural and the supernatural worlds.
Folk medicine is an unofficial health-related practice that has traditionally existed, and is learned informally by word of mouth, and through observation and demonstration.
Various types of traditional medicine such as herbs, tree or plant roots, fruits, insects and food items are used for treatments of any illness ranging from aids, cancer, malaria, warts, sore throats to arthritis, impotence, high blood pressure and infected wounds.
www.ucs.mun.ca /~zharuna/folkbeliefs1.html   (1049 words)

 Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture - Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
While modern medicine tries to explain the causes of disease by germ theory, traditional medicine, which also accepts the existence of germs, explains disease by magical and supernatural events.
The traditional medicine still present today is the sum of diagnosis and treatment which people have recourse to in underdeveloped or developing countries where modern medical facilities do not exist or because of their religious beliefs.
Whether educated or not, rich or poor, some people still use folk medicine for specific diseases, and visits to shrines and folk methods of dealing with fractures or dislocations can still be observed.
www.kultur.gov.tr /portal/kultur_en.asp?belgeno=5648   (1808 words)

 History of Medicine - Folk Healing, Alternative, and Parallel Medicines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Medicines were given orally, by inhalation or by enema.
Coexistent with the medicine of Sumeria, Egypt, Greece and Rome was that of China.
.To administer medicines to diseases which have already developed and to suppress revolts which have already developed is comparable to the behavior of those persons who begin to dig a well after they have become thirsty, and of those who begin to cast weapons after they have already engaged in battle.
www.umanitoba.ca /faculties/medicine/history/histories/folk.html   (2251 words)

 The lost of glory of Folk medicine
Folk medicine incorporates crude medicinal herbs, decoctions and infusions and syrups.
Folk medicine is still practiced by some vendors, hakims and vaids in remote areas and some folk preparations are of surprisingly high curative value.
Medicinal plants are also important for pharmacological research and drug development, not only when plant constituents are used directly as therapeutic agents, but also when they are used as basic materials for the synthesis of drugs or as models for pharmacologically active compounds.
www.siu.edu /~ebl/leaflets/glory.htm   (1567 words)

 AllRefer.com - folk medicine (Medicine) - Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
folk medicine, methods of curing by means of healing objects, herbs, or animal parts; ceremony; conjuring, magic, or witchcraft; and other means apart from the formalized practice of medical science.
Medicine men, shamans, and other doctors credited with magical powers generally massage, draw liquid off by suction, or blow upon the diseased area.
In the United States in the 1960s and 70s, there occurred an enormous expanding interest in folk remedies, herbal medicines, vitamins, and so-called health foods and organic foods free of chemical pesticides and other pollutants.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/F/folkmedi.html   (445 words)

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While stereotypical folk medicine is often thought to be used by only poor and/or unacculturated people, the truth is that all of us have used (or have had used on us) some form of folk medicine in the guise of home remedies.
Folk medicine (or lay medicine) is "the ordinary person's concept of health, illness, and healing; it is the treatment of disease practiced traditionally among the common people stressing the use of herbs and other natural substances" (Webster).
Folk illness is "a syndrome in which members of a particular group claim to suffer and for which their culture provides a etiology, diagnosis, preventive measure and regimen of healing" (Rubel).
www.rice.edu /projects/HispanicHealth/Courses/mod7/mod7.html   (1386 words)

 FOLK KNOWLEDGE>Lithuanian Folk Medicine
Folk medicine information discerns illnesses as malfunctioning of internal organs, contagious, hereditary and even due to influences of people and events.
Folk doctors grouped illnesses according to age and sex of the sick, also to nature of the disease.
Medicinal plants were collected according to their healing properties and used for teas and cordials.
ausis.gf.vu.lt /eka/medicine/medicine.html   (3373 words)

 EMS and Mexican Folk Medicine
Folk medicine actually means "medicine of the people" and has evolved as the layperson's way of dealing with health and illness.
At the center of most folk medicine beliefs is the ability to obtain curing or healing.
The folk treatment for aire de oido is to roll a piece of paper into a cone, place the small end of the cone into the ear canal, and light the large end with a match.
www.merginet.com /clinical/holistic/FolkMedicine.cfm   (1829 words)

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The very name Folk Medicine conjures up images of a tasty potion in a crock, and the band lives up to their image.
Folk Medicine is Ellen Groves, Claude Galinsky, Marie Duprey and Fishken with a cumulative age going way beyond the capacity of the even the most modern abacus.
Folk Medicine's repertoire (a French word) comprises traditional Appalachian music, contemporary singer-songwriter drivel, original ditties, advertising jingles, low-down dirty blues, Mississippi field hollers, Chinese jump-rope chants and everything in between, sprinkled with originals from sweet to outrageous.
www.folkzone.com /FolkMedicine/welcome.htm   (382 words)

 Open Directory - Health: Alternative: Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Folk Medicine, Amish and Swiss-Pennsylvania German - Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia article describing 18th and 19th century remedies and the proliferation of folk healing among Amish and Mennonite cultures.
Folk Medicine in Hispanics in the Southwestern United States - Treatise prepared by a Baylor College of Medicine assistant professor outlining some Hispanic folkloric beliefs and the importance of considering such beliefs during standard medical treatment.
Medicine Women - Writer Carolina Carlessi discusses growing up in Peru's culture of folk medicine and faith healing and how it affected her perception of modern medicine.
dmoz.org /Health/Alternative/Folk_Medicine   (1132 words)

 folk medicine --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia
A relatively modern term, folk medicine has come to mean the care of the sick by unlicensed healers, including those who practice herbal and magical medicine.
Rudimentary drugs derived from plants used in folk medicines have been found to be beneficial in the treatment of many illnesses, both physical and mental.
Historically, cannabis has been regarded as having medicinal value, and it was used as a folk medicine prior to the 1900s.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9274370   (830 words)

 HotBands.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Indeed, upon first listen to Folk Medicine's music, the melodies and arrangements are very accessible and stick in your head instantly.
Folk Medicine released their first full-length album "Push Down and Turn" in 2003, as a collaborative effort with a noteworthy list of distinguished guest artists that includes Big Fella & Te Arthur, Varski, Summertime, Rock, Slug Veezy, and Young Byrd.
Currently they are hard at work on a follow up release to demonstrate what anyone who has seen their live show already knows: Folk Medicine has grown into an act fully capable of standing on their own.
www.hotbands.com /artistpage.php?id=8488   (347 words)

 Folk Medicine
For residents deprived of these benefits, folk medicine derived from time-honored and age-old traditions was used.
Most folk lore (including folk medicine) having been passed down from generation to generation were held accepted as fact.
Many plants provided the basic ingredients that were used in the preparation of medicines and remedies by the backwoodsman.
www.wvculture.org /history/wvhs1041.html   (1656 words)

 folk medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Folk healing methods were the most popular forms of healing in Scotland amongst the common people.
Some aspects of folk medicine were performed by specific people known for their healing powers.
In addition, a folk medicine specialist evolved among the Highland women--the 'cailleach chearc' or henwife.
www.historichighlanders.com /folkmed.htm   (468 words)

 Newfolk NDiF: Cultural Diversity, Alternative medicine, & Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
For sixty or seventy years after the Flexner Report, alternative medicine, generally called "folk medicine" or "unorthodox medicine," sometimes "marginal medicine," was studied by several disciplines, and the particular interests and approaches of ea ch have had an impact on current images.
In recent times, however, medical sociologists have shown an increasing awareness that "self-treatment, folk medicine, and home remedies...[are] far and away the major source of health c are in the United States," (Wolinsky 1980, 291).
Finally, the success with which historians of medicine have traced elements of folk medicine back through the millennia has combined with the other trends in health systems research to depict folk or alternative medicine as vestigial.
www.temple.edu /isllc/newfolk/medicine.html   (2063 words)

 Infections, Infections, Infections, Infections,
Although there are several reports in medical journals in the 1930's of honey being effec tive in clearing wounds of bacterial infection, it was not recognized in these reports that it had been established in laboratory work in 1919 that honey has antibacterial activity.
Despite the advent of antibiotics, honey has continued to be used in folk medicine, and it is from this pool of knowledge that the re-introduction of honey into modern medicine has come.
There have been numerous reports in medical journals of this folk remedy being used as a last resort on infected wounds, burns and ulcers that were not responding to antibiotic treatment.
members.tripod.com /~Bee_Mann/honey1.html   (2411 words)

 Folk medicine goes online - THE DAILY BRUIN ONLINE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
"Folk medicine are the beliefs and practices that we learn and teach in our first-hand interactions with one another in our everyday lives," Jones said.
Though folk remedies are often associated with different religions or cultures, they can also be disseminated through mainstream sources.
The folk medicine archive was compiled over four decades by Wayland Hand, who came to UCLA in 1937 and spearheaded the center for folklore studies.
www.dailybruin.ucla.edu /news/articles.asp?id=31970   (763 words)

 Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Folk Medicine is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Herbs are mentioned in the Old Testament, and the medicinal practices of ancient Greeks and Romans rose from herbalism.
In the 17th century, the introduction of active chemical drugs and the development of chemistry led to the decline of herbalism, although folk medicine still existed in the home and small villages.
www.experiencefestival.com /folk_medicine   (987 words)

 Bush Medicine: Folk Cures with Chile Peppers
But headaches are not the only head ailment treated by chiles as a folk medicine: the Mayas applied chile powder to the head to cure vertigo, and chiles are consumed to relieve the effects of stroke in the Peruvian Amazon.
As I combed dozens and dozens of books on medicinal plants and folk medicine searching for chile pepper citations, one of the most frequent references we found were those linking chile peppers to the treatment of skin problems of all kinds.
Indian Ayurvedic medicine calls for the entire chile plant--leaves, pods, stem, branches, and roots--to be boiled in milk and applied to swellings and tumors on the skin.
www.fiery-foods.com /dave/bushmedicine.html   (6409 words)

 SOME COMMON MEDICINAL AND POISONOUS PLANTS USED   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The gathering of the medicinal herbs, their preparation and administratlonto the patient is still astrologically determined in many cases.
The fruits and a decoction of the roots are used as e medicine against venereal diseases and seeds are used to cause abortion.
The boiled bark of the root and the fruits are used as medicine against dysentery and fever hence the name of the plant, B. antidysentarica.
ip.aaas.org /tekindex.nsf/2a9c4e44835b04ea85256a7200577a64/99b535e7618170c485256ae100696f4c/Body/M1?OpenElement   (9593 words)

 Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Comparisons between folk treatment and professional midwifery in Greco-Roman society, primarily based upon the writings of Pliny and Soranus.
Describes the beliefs and rituals of folk healers in the Mari Republic, including the banishment or transference of spirits believed responsible for illness.
Writer Carolina Carlessi discusses growing up in Peru's culture of folk medicine and faith healing and how it affected her perception of modern medicine.
www.medlina.com /folk_medicine.htm   (999 words)

 Alternative - Folk Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Folk uses, medicinal qualities, home remedies, history, and beauty and household uses of vinegar.
Describes remedies remembered from childhood and the blending of folk and conventional medicine.
Folk Medicine in Hispanics in the Southwestern United States
www.canadiancontent.net /dir/Top/Health/Alternative/Folk_Medicine   (970 words)

 folk medicine on Encyclopedia.com
FOLK MEDICINE [folk medicine] methods of curing by means of healing objects, herbs, or animal parts; ceremony; conjuring, magic, or witchcraft; and other means apart from the formalized practice of medical science.
The kalyna in Ukrainian folk medicine and folklore
Doctors, Folk Medicine and the Inquisition: The Repression of Magical Healing in Portugal During the Enlightenment.(RELIGION)(Brief Article)(Book Review)
www.encyclopedia.com /html/f1/folkmedi.asp   (898 words)

 The following article is from a special issue of Helios entitled "Rescuing Creusa: New Methodological Approaches to ...
While the traditions of folk medicine probably did little to make childbirth safer (and some practices may have been harmful), it does seem clear that efforts were made to give emotional support to the parturient.
Vervain (radix verbenicue) comes from the family of verbena and has been used for medicinal purposes, chiefly for fevers, colds, convulsions, and nervous disorders; it was valued for its nervine, tonic, emetic, and sudorific properties.
The folk practices described by Pliny and Celsus are similar to contemporary folk medicine.
www.indiana.edu /~ancmed/midwife.HTM   (5983 words)

 Bordering the Future
Laboratory analysis found the medicine contained 80 percent lead oxide, a highly soluble form of lead.
Patients may use herbal remedies from curanderos, or folk healers, along with physician-prescribed medicines, or they may use herbal remedies before seeking modern medical care.
Providers must have an understanding of folk remedies to avoid unwanted drug interactions, to gain the patient's trust, and to recognize harmful folk remedies.
www.window.state.tx.us /border/ch08/folk.html   (321 words)

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