Definition of folk medicine in English:

folk medicine


  • Treatment of disease or injury based on tradition, especially on oral tradition, rather than on modern scientific practice, and often utilizing indigenous plants as remedies.

    • ‘Somali folk medicine is often practiced by nomads and farmers who have no immediate access to medical care.’
    • ‘Used commonly as a flavoring component in major categories of nonalcoholic beverages, Sarsaparilla benefits from a long tradition of folk medicine.’
    • ‘Poorer people sought good health through folk medicine, using herbal remedies and techniques such as the laying-on of hands.’
    • ‘In cases of illness, people use both modern and folk medicine and seek help from practitioners of both.’
    • ‘This large and beautifully presented compilation will be much appreciated by anyone interested in folk medicine and plant lore.’
    • ‘It has been used extensively in folk medicines as a remedy for diabetes.’
    • ‘Some of the herbs used in traditional folk medicine may make a difference in MS.’
    • ‘Plants used in folk medicine have been accepted as one of the main sources of drag discovery and development.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most widely recognized plant in folk medicine, ginseng refers to several different species originating in different countries.’
    • ‘In a way, the medical profession bequeathed these techniques to practitioners of folk medicine.’
    • ‘He has approximately 30 people practicing the art of folk medicine in America.’
    • ‘The whole plant is a folk medicine commonly known as Tao-shang-tsao.’
    • ‘In the countryside and among recent migrants to the cities, folk medicine is still practiced.’
    • ‘There is an increasing body of scientific literature to support these traditional folk medicine uses.’
    • ‘North American pioneers are even thought to have developed folk medicine by studying the plants sick animals made use of.’
    • ‘A case can be made for the preservation and promotion of this tradition of folk medicine.’
    • ‘Research and follow-up work are the keys to integrating folk medicine into modern primary health care.’
    • ‘They are well regarded by other groups for their knowledge of folk medicines made from plants gathered in the forest.’
    • ‘In folk medicine, Sambucus nigra flower was traditionally suggested as a remedy for diabetes.’
    • ‘The concepts were pushed to the outskirts as a left-over from a more traditional age of folk medicine.’