folk medicine


health practices arising from superstition, cultural traditions, or empirical use of native remedies, especially food substances.

Origin of folk medicine

First recorded in 1895–1900 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for folk medicine

Historical Examples of folk medicine

  • "Folk-medicine" is really a branch of magic in old days, even to such pioneers of science as Paracelsus.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

    Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")

  • This was possibly the verbena, well known in folk-medicine as vervain, and much used in the Middle Ages.

    Of Six Medival Women

    Alice Kemp-Welch

  • Many of these were borrowed by the Greeks and from them have come down into the folk-medicine of modern Europe.

  • "Dragon's milk," a favourite compound of mighty power in the magic formul of Finnish and Magyar folk-medicine.

  • An enumeration of uncouth remedies formerly in vogue would fill huge pharmacopœias, and belongs to the domain of Folk-Medicine.

British Dictionary definitions for folk medicine

folk medicine


the traditional art of medicine as practised among rustic communities and primitive peoples, consisting typically of the use of herbal remedies, fruits and vegetables thought to have healing power, etc
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Medicine definitions for folk medicine

folk medicine



Traditional medicine as practiced by nonprofessional healers or embodied in local custom or lore, generally involving the use of natural and especially herbal remedies.
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