Definition of folk medicine in US 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.

    ‘garlic has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years’
    • ‘Massage is assumed to have developed from Chinese folk medicine.’
    • ‘The use of plant infusions to cure many different types of diseases is very common in Brazilian folk medicine.’
    • ‘Chapter 4 describes the history for the use of marijuana in folk medicine.’
    • ‘Apitherapy began as a form of folk medicine, and even today, many of the people using it for therapeutic purposes do it themselves.’
    • ‘It's an intriguing mixture of folk medicine, professional medicine, and Roman Catholicism.’
    • ‘Perhaps a systematic examination of the legacy of folk medicine can yield new therapeutic insights.’
    • ‘He has approximately 30 people practicing the art of folk medicine in America.’
    • ‘North American pioneers are thought to have developed folk medicine by studying the plants sick animals made use of.’
    • ‘For the majority, there remained recourse to the popular healers of folk medicine.’
    • ‘Dogbane is used in folk medicine as a diuretic, insecticide, and cardiac tonic, and for the treatment of haemorrhoids, epilepsy, eczema, and snakebite.’