folk medicine

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Remedies, usually for common ailments, usually comprising herbs or substances plentifully available that have been believed and/or found by experience to be effective treatment for people with common symptoms such as “rheumaticky” pains, shortness of breath, and menstrual irregularities. Some folk medicines work because they contain pharmacologically active ingredients, some by the power of suggestion. Many are culture specific.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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