Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines folk medicine as "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". As stated by David J. Hufford, professor in the Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine: Folk medicine is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that relies heavily (although not exclusively) on oral tradition. Strongly influenced by cultural norms and values, folk medicine generally comprises the "unofficial" or "lay" health beliefs and practices found in all societies. (Hufford DJ. "Folk medicine and health culture in contemporary society". Primary Care. 1997;24:723-741, cited in Report 13 of the Council on Scientific Affairs (A-97), American Medical Association)
Describes the author's experiences with Campa Indian remedies in the Amazon River Basin.
Provides suggestions for treatments of common maladies such as sunburn and indigestion.
Suggestions for alternative treatments and cures.
Radio documentary describing traditional healing with herbs, aromas, massage and rituals. Requires Real Player.
Provides natural treatments for a variety of ills.
Suggestions for treatments for minor and major ailments. Includes a section on menopause and growing herbs.
A treatment center in Thailand specializing in the use of natural healing methods and herbs to treat cancer.
Lists curative properties in food for common ailments.
Also offers water cures. Lists ailments and their suggested treatments.
Alphabetical listing of ailments, their causes and cures.
Information on causes, symptoms and diet conditions for common ailments and diseases. Also provides information on health benefits from common ingredients like honey, garlic, aloe vera and other items.
Provides information on natural cures for a variety of common illnesses.
Offers natural solutions for healing common health problems.
Offers treatments and tips for ailments. Also has articles on skin care, meditation and the immune system.
Offers natural treatments for various ailments. Also provides information on yoga, herbs and vitamins.
Cures for common childhood ailments and link to information about traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
An archive composed by students from around the world.
Comparisons between folk treatment and professional midwifery in Greco-Roman society, primarily based upon the writings of Pliny and Soranus. Includes references.
A forum where readers can submit their own home remedies as well as rate and comment on others' submissions.
The history of old medicine, and an old medical book.
Provides tips and suggests remedies for yeast infections. Also covers beauty and lifestyle issues. Written in blog format.
Indian traditional treatments for common childhood ailments.
A study of various alternative medicines in the Philippines.
Describes rituals and recipes associated with birth products.
Mothering Magazine offers an illustrated guide to preparing the placenta for consumption.
Suggests remedies for common problems such as stuffy noses, yeast infections, athlete's foot and hiccups.
Information on benefits from common ingredients like Swedish bitter, garlic, sage and dandelion.
A herbal medicinal system developed in South India. Offers tips for a variety of ailments with local produce.
Traditional folk remedies and ideas to treat common and not-so common ailments. Generated by readers of Simplitudes.com.
Describes home remedy using a popular contact lens cleaning solution mixed with aloe vera gel.
Treatise by Amare Getahun, professor at Addis Abeba University, Ethiopia. Includes introduction to Ethiopian medical lore, glossary and description of plants and their uses.
Provides natural home remedies for various diseases and conditions.
Offers a variety of kitchen remedies, information about superfoods and improving quality of life.
Online resource for videos and articles on natural health and alternative medicine.
An article by Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona presentsing research on how traditional practices can integrate with medicine to treat chronic illness. Includes comparison and demographic charts.
Referenced article describing beliefs and practices among the Anglo, Mexican and Black cultures in Texas.
Archived article from the east Texas weekly newspaper column All Things Historical. Describes remedies the author experienced in childhood and lists cures for warts.
Provides information about herbal remedies, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy.
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