Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine

Old World and New World Traditions
Author: Gabrielle Hatfield
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1576078744
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 392
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A wide-ranging compilation on the materia medica of the ordinary people of Britain and North America, comparing practices in both places. * Over 200 A-Z entries on all aspects of folk medicine from asthma and childbirth to poultice and warts * Primary source documents from a variety of public archives and private collections * Illustrations of plant, animal, and mineral sources for folk remedies * Complete and extensive end-of-entry references

American Folk Medicine

A Symposium
Author: Wayland Debs Hand
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520040939
Category: Médecine populaire - Amérique du Nord - Congrès
Page: 347
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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Comparative Folklore and Mythology in cooperation with the Medical History Division of the UCLA School of Medicine and the Society for the History of Medical Science, Los Angeles.

Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia


Author: Anthony Cavender
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469617390
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 288
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In the first comprehensive exploration of the history and practice of folk medicine in the Appalachian region, Anthony Cavender melds folklore, medical anthropology, and Appalachian history and draws extensively on oral histories and archival sources from the nineteenth century to the present. He provides a complete tour of ailments and folk treatments organized by body systems, as well as information on medicinal plants, patent medicines, and magico-religious beliefs and practices. He investigates folk healers and their methods, profiling three living practitioners: an herbalist, a faith healer, and a Native American healer. The book also includes an appendix of botanicals and a glossary of folk medical terms. Demonstrating the ongoing interplay between mainstream scientific medicine and folk medicine, Cavender challenges the conventional view of southern Appalachia as an exceptional region isolated from outside contact. His thorough and accessible study reveals how Appalachian folk medicine encompasses such diverse and important influences as European and Native American culture and America's changing medical and health-care environment. In doing so, he offers a compelling representation of the cultural history of the region as seen through its health practices.

Folk Medicine

The Art and the Science
Author: Richard P. Steiner
Publisher: Amer Chemical Society
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 223
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Takes the mystery out of miracle cures. Explores the medical practices of non-Western cultures to establish a scientific basis for the successes of folk remedies. Explains why Western medical researchers are increasingly turning their attention to folk medicine for new drugs. Brings together work from many countries and a variety of cultures.

Herbal Folk Medicine

An A to Z Guide
Author: Thomas Broken Bear Squier,Lauren David Peden
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 1466877375
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 256
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Our ancestors looked to plants and herbs for relief from common ailments such as colds, bruises, stomachaches, and sore muscles. Today we can look to those same herbs for relief from the skyrocketing cost of commercial medicines. - Medieval Europeans used St., John's wort to fight melancholia. Today we call it depression, but St. John's wort is still an effective remedy for many people. - Garlic has many uses, from fighting colds and infections to repelling ticks. The people of China have called it an official medicine since the sixth century. - Plains Indians have known for centuries that echinacea can fight colds by boosting immunity. This practical A to Z guide from Squier and Peden is the perfect introduction for anyone who wants to share in the immense wealth of herbal folk medicine. You'll learn the historical and modern uses of every major medicinal herb, as well as how to prepare them and even harvest them from the wild. The engaging entries and cross-referenced appendix of ailments make Herbal Folk Medicine an excellent resource you will treasure.

Black Folk Medicine

The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust
Author: Wilbur Watson
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412818773
Category: Social Science
Page: 136
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Folk medicine is an important informal and traditional system of social health care support that is still wisely used in many nations including rural regions of the southern United States. This volume provides new insight into the various conditions and structures that help to account for the development and persistence of folk medicine in societies. The authors focus on older, primarily female, black users of folk medicine; the problem of trust in folk and modern doctor-patient relationships; the need for communication and information exchange between folk and modern medical doctors; and a variety of social, cultural, and psychological factors related to drug misuse among the poor, the elderly, rural and uneducated consumers of health services.

Animals in Traditional Folk Medicine

Implications for Conservation
Author: Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves,Ierecê Lucena Rosa
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642290264
Category: Science
Page: 492
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People have relied on medicinal products derived from natural sources for millennia, and animals have long been an important part of that repertoire; nearly all cultures, from ancient times to the present, have used animals as a source of medicine. Ingredients derived from wild animals are not only widely used in traditional remedies, but are also increasingly valued as raw materials in the preparation of modern medicines. Regrettably, the unsustainable use of plants and animals in traditional medicine is recognized as a threat to wildlife conservation, as a result of which discussions concerning the links between traditional medicine and biodiversity are becoming increasingly imperative, particularly in view of the fact that folk medicine is the primary source of health care for 80% of the world’s population. This book discusses the role of animals in traditional folk medicine and its meaning for wildlife conservation. We hope to further stimulate further discussions about the use of biodiversity and its implications for wildlife conservation strategies.

Jamaican Folk Medicine

A Source of Healing
Author: Arvilla Payne-Jackson,Mervyn C. Alleyne
Publisher: University of West Indies Press
ISBN: 9789766401238
Category: History
Page: 228
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This pioneering work is multi-disciplinary in approach as it examines the rich folk medicine of Jamaican. The authors analyse the historical and linguistic aspects of folk medicine, based on their research, extensive fieldwork and interviews. They explore the sociological and ethnological dimensions of common healing practices and Jamaica's biodiversity, in both flora and in fauna. As is the case with other aspects of Jamaican traditional culture, Jamaican folk medicine is largely misunderstood and subject to negative pejorative attitudes. This comprehensive study challenges some of the myths and misinformation. Particular attention is paid to cultural transference from Africa and the use of herbals in African-Jamaican religions. The comprehensive book is of academic value to teachers, students and researchers, and can also aid practitioners and policy makers in the field of health and healing. The work has an appendix and glossary as well as a detailed bibliography.

Irish Folk Medicine


Author: Patrick Logan
Publisher: Appletree PressLtd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 180
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At a time when people are increasingly interested in natural medicine and holistic remedies, this book traces the history of folk medicine in Ireland and examines its continued popularity. It reviews a comprehensive range of country cures for both people and animals, noting that many remedies date back to early pagan times before the rise of medical science in the 19th century while others arose in the 20th century as an alternative to modern medicine. With often lighthearted humor, this guide examines how folk medicine has always been a curious blend of common sense and nonsense. From attempts to cure a child of dropsy by tying it up in a rope used to hang an innocent man to driving away whooping cough with medicine made from sheep droppings boiled in milk, this book looks at how practical observations and natural cures often went hand in hand with useless and often dangerous remedies.

Folk Medicine


Author: D. C. Jarvis
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473385504
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 188
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This book takes a deep look into the folk medicine of Vermont. Written by a formally trained doctor who realised the local folk medicine was not only tradition but imperative to the way of life and the health of fellow Vermonters. This little guide provides knowledge and understanding of the nature and long successful uses of fold medicine and will be invaluable to anyone interested in daily increased vitality from childhood through maturity to satisfyingly active old age.

Folk-medicine

A Chapter in the History of Culture
Author: William George Black
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Folk medicine
Page: 228
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This is the authoritative English work on medical folklore.

Latino Folk Medicine

Healing Herbal Remedies from Ancient Traditions
Author: Anthony M. DeStefano
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780345438362
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 202
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Draws on the centuries-old healing traditions of Latin America to present an intriguing overview of Latino folk medicine and describes a wide variety of medicinal plant products and herbal remedies, including plant names and characteristics, traditional uses, dosage, availability, contraindications and possible side effects, and special precautions. Original. 15,000 first printing.

Black Folk Medicine

The Therapeutic Significance of Faith and Trust
Author: Wilbur H. Watson
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780878554942
Category: Social Science
Page: 121
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Folk medicine is an important informal and traditional system of social health care support that is still wisely used in many nations including rural regions of the southern United States. This volume provides new insight into the various conditions and structures that help to account for the development and persistence of folk medicine in societies. The authors focus on older, primarily female, black users of folk medicine; the problem of trust in folk and modern doctor-patient relationships; the need for communication and information exchange between folk and modern medical doctors; and a variety of social, cultural, and psychological factors related to drug misuse among the poor, the elderly, rural and uneducated consumers of health services.

Arthritis and Folk Medicine

An Almanac of Natural Health Care
Author: D. C. Jarvis
Publisher: Galahad Books
ISBN: 9780883659830
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 176
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Describes traditional Vermont folk treatments for arthritis that are designed to work with nature, rather than against it

International Collation of Traditional and Folk Medicine

Northeast Asia — Part IV
Author: Ji-Xian Guo,Takeatsu Kimura,Paul P H But,Chung Ki Sung
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814491861
Category: Medical
Page: 228
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Traditional folk medicine practices in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea — all located in Northeast Asia — are comparable. Since different usage of a folk medicine may reflect cultural or regional differences, a detailed collation of the folk knowledge of traditional medicine can help to identify common applications derived from different empirical knowledge as well as variations in appreciation of the value of the same source in different cultural settings. The fourth volume of this book series continues with the objective of collating relevant information for showing the differences and similarities of traditional folk medicine practiced around the world. It features 147 of the most frequently used medicinal plants, 43 animals, and 10 minerals in Northeast Asia as selected by the international editorial board. The folk medical knowledge in each entry includes the scientific names of the source, local names of the drug, special processing methods, administration methods, and applications in each country. Contraindications and side effects, if any, are highlighted. Relevant scientific data on their chemistry and pharmacology, with references, are also included. All this scientific information should be a valuable asset to medical and research scientists working on the bioactive components of natural products. Contents:PlantAnimalMineral Readership: Medical and research scientists interested in the bioactive components of natural products. Keywords:

Southern Folk Medicine

Healing Traditions from the Appalachian Fields and Forests
Author: Phyllis D. Light
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
ISBN: 1623171571
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 304
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This book is the first to describe the history, folklore, assessment methods, and remedies of Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine—the only system of folk medicine, other than Native American, that developed in the United States. One of the system's last active practitioners, Phyllis D. Light has studied and worked with herbs, foods, and other healing techniques for more than thirty years. In everyday language, she explains how Southern and Appalachian Folk Medicine was passed down orally through the generations by herbalists and healers who cared for people in their communities with the natural tools on hand.