folk medicine

noun

Definition of folk medicine 

: traditional medicine as practiced nonprofessionally especially by people isolated from modern medical services and usually involving the use of plant-derived remedies on an empirical basis

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Many Indians rely on folk medicine Ayurveda practitioners and shamans in tribal areas. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "An unlicensed doctor with a dirty syringe infected dozens with HIV in India, officials say," 7 Feb. 2018 In these countries pangolins’ meat is a treat and their scales are used in folk medicine, even though those scales are made of keratin, the same substance as hair and fingernails, and thus have no medicinal value. The Economist, "Conserving pangolinsSome of Nature’s strangest mammals are also some of the most threatened," 31 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, Leonie’s mother, Mam, lies bedridden, slowly succumbing to cancer; her commitment to voodoo practices and folk medicine are the only thing keeping her tethered to life. Ismail Muhammad, Slate Magazine, "Traumatized Ghosts," 18 Sep. 2017 According to her research, folk medicine in Armenia dates back nearly three millennia. Karine Vann, Smithsonian, "Why a Modern Cosmetics Company Is Mining Armenia’s Ancient Manuscripts," 22 May 2017

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folk medicine

noun
\ ˈfōk- \

Medical Definition of folk medicine 

: traditional medicine as practiced especially by people isolated from modern medical services and usually involving the use of plant-derived remedies on an empirical basis — compare home remedy

More from Merriam-Webster on folk medicine

Britannica English: Translation of folk medicine for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about folk medicine

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