folk medicine


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

Examples of folk medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It has been used in Ukrainian folk medicine for ailments, and is said to represent the beauty of women and the family home. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 20 Apr. 2022 Holy basil is used widely in Ayurvedic and folk medicine, often in the form of herbal tea, and is considered sacred in Hinduism. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 10 Feb. 2022 Born in Milwaukee and raised by Slovenian parents, Rachel Budde grew up around folk medicine. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 After receiving a certification in reiki, Rodriguez later discovered that curanderas and healers ran in her lineage, including her abuelo, who has practiced folk medicine in the Dominican Republic for years. Johanna Ferreira,, 29 Dec. 2020 Throughout human history and across cultures, fossils were prized as amulets or used in folk medicine. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2020 The fact-checking website Snopes — which investigated this claim nearly a decade ago — found a medical journal in the 1840s that said flour could prevent scarring, but its advice appears to be nothing more than folk medicine. Devan Patel, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2011 Women who were not physicians, but [practitioners of] folk medicine. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Sep. 2020 One of the folkloric genres that is especially relevant at this time is folk medicine, which includes folk remedies and cures to combat illnesses, especially when more conventional medicine has been ineffective. James Deutsch, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of folk medicine

1878, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Folk medicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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

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