FOLKMEDICINE
INTRODUCTION Medicine began as an art and graduallyMedicine began as an art and graduallyevolved into science over the ce...
PRIMITIVE MEDICINEPRIMITIVE MEDICINE It has been truly said that medicine wasIt has been truly said that medicine wasconc...
FOLK MEDICINEFOLK MEDICINE Treatment of ailment at home by remedies andTreatment of ailment at home by remedies andsimple...
 India is not only a home for institutionalizedIndia is not only a home for institutionalizedmedical systems (such as ayu...
ADVANTAGESADVANTAGES Easily available and inexpensiveEasily available and inexpensive Some remedies are quite effectiveS...
FUTURE OF FOLKFUTURE OF FOLKMEDICINEMEDICINE Folk medicines at present situation are stillFolk medicines at present situa...
SOME OF THE FOLKSOME OF THE FOLKMEDICINESMEDICINES TOOTH ACHETOOTH ACHE– Clove oil is applied to the painful tooth.Clove ...
GINGIVAL MASSAGEGINGIVAL MASSAGESalt and coal is used to massage the gums and alsoSalt and coal is used to massage the g...
 Fever, cold malaiseFever, cold malaise– Turmeric powder mixed in warm milk and givenTurmeric powder mixed in warm milk a...
 IndigestionIndigestion– Piece of ginger with a pinch of salt is given before food toPiece of ginger with a pinch of salt...
 AsthmaAsthma– An herb is kept in the mouth of a fish and dropped inAn herb is kept in the mouth of a fish and dropped in...
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  1. 1. FOLKMEDICINE
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Medicine began as an art and graduallyMedicine began as an art and graduallyevolved into science over the centuries. If weevolved into science over the centuries. If wetrace the history of medicine from moderntrace the history of medicine from modernmedicine to antiquity we will find that medicalmedicine to antiquity we will find that medicalknowledge has been derived to a very greatknowledge has been derived to a very greatdegree, from intuitive and observationaldegree, from intuitive and observationalpropositions, tempered by evaluatingpropositions, tempered by evaluatinginterpretations.interpretations. A history of medicine thus constitutes a reviewA history of medicine thus constitutes a reviewof accomplishments and errors, false theoriesof accomplishments and errors, false theoriesand misinformation and mistakenand misinformation and mistakeninterpretations which often had to be sweptinterpretations which often had to be swept
  3. 3. PRIMITIVE MEDICINEPRIMITIVE MEDICINE It has been truly said that medicine wasIt has been truly said that medicine wasconceived in the sympathy and born out ofconceived in the sympathy and born out ofnecessity and that the first doctor was the firstnecessity and that the first doctor was the firstman, and first woman, the first nurse. Theman, and first woman, the first nurse. Theprimitive medicine still persists in many parts ofprimitive medicine still persists in many parts ofthe world in Asia, Africa, South America, etc.the world in Asia, Africa, South America, etc. The other forms of medicine are IndianThe other forms of medicine are Indianmedicine, Egyptian medicine, Mesopotonianmedicine, Egyptian medicine, Mesopotonianmedicine, Tibetan medicine, Greek medicinemedicine, Tibetan medicine, Greek medicineand Roman medicine etc.and Roman medicine etc.
  4. 4. FOLK MEDICINEFOLK MEDICINE Treatment of ailment at home by remedies andTreatment of ailment at home by remedies andsimple measures based upon experience andsimple measures based upon experience andknowledge handed over by generation by wordknowledge handed over by generation by wordof mouth.of mouth. Folk medicine comprises of traditional healingFolk medicine comprises of traditional healingbeliefs and method used in past andbeliefs and method used in past andcontemporary cultures mostly by people whocontemporary cultures mostly by people whoare not licensed medical practitioners. Folkare not licensed medical practitioners. Folkmedicine is a system based on traditionalmedicine is a system based on traditionalmodes of conduct of coping with sickness.modes of conduct of coping with sickness.
  5. 5.  India is not only a home for institutionalizedIndia is not only a home for institutionalizedmedical systems (such as ayurveda, unani andmedical systems (such as ayurveda, unani andsiddha). But also of folk and tribal medicinesiddha). But also of folk and tribal medicineusually locally grown herbs.usually locally grown herbs.– folk medicine are inexpensive, easily available.folk medicine are inexpensive, easily available.– Folk medicine is the therapeutic utility of flora.Folk medicine is the therapeutic utility of flora.– Available in the kitchen and grand mothers’Available in the kitchen and grand mothers’remedies.remedies.
  6. 6. ADVANTAGESADVANTAGES Easily available and inexpensiveEasily available and inexpensive Some remedies are quite effectiveSome remedies are quite effectiveDISADVANTAGESDISADVANTAGES Many remedies may be hazardous andMany remedies may be hazardous anddangerous.dangerous. Folk medicines are based on word of mouthFolk medicines are based on word of mouthand do not have any scientific background.and do not have any scientific background.
  7. 7. FUTURE OF FOLKFUTURE OF FOLKMEDICINEMEDICINE Folk medicines at present situation are stillFolk medicines at present situation are stillpopular in rural areas.popular in rural areas. As modern medicines are readily available, folkAs modern medicines are readily available, folkmedicines are gradually receiving lessmedicines are gradually receiving lessimportance.importance.
  8. 8. SOME OF THE FOLKSOME OF THE FOLKMEDICINESMEDICINES TOOTH ACHETOOTH ACHE– Clove oil is applied to the painful tooth.Clove oil is applied to the painful tooth.– twigs of cashew, neem, mango, banyan trees,twigs of cashew, neem, mango, banyan trees,coconut fibres and datun to clean their teethcoconut fibres and datun to clean their teeth– Datun is used in North Indian states as these twigsDatun is used in North Indian states as these twigshave microbial properties, mechanical cleaninghave microbial properties, mechanical cleaningaction, could be considered a substitute for thoseaction, could be considered a substitute for thosegroups who cannot afford tooth brushes.groups who cannot afford tooth brushes.– African countries-people chew sticks of certainAfrican countries-people chew sticks of certaintrees (eg. Salvadora persica). Found to be goodtrees (eg. Salvadora persica). Found to be goodsource of fluoride which inturn would providesource of fluoride which inturn would provideanticaries effect.anticaries effect.
  9. 9. GINGIVAL MASSAGEGINGIVAL MASSAGESalt and coal is used to massage the gums and alsoSalt and coal is used to massage the gums and alsoto clean the teeth.to clean the teeth.Mishri – burnt tobacco leaves used for cleaning theMishri – burnt tobacco leaves used for cleaning theteeth.teeth.SORE THROATSORE THROAT-Pepper powder is added to hot water or milk and-Pepper powder is added to hot water or milk andused as a drink.used as a drink.-Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) are used for the-Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) are used for thetreatment of female disorders like painfultreatment of female disorders like painfulmenstruation, pain in the back, fever and pain inmenstruation, pain in the back, fever and pain indifferent parts of the body after delivery.different parts of the body after delivery.
  10. 10.  Fever, cold malaiseFever, cold malaise– Turmeric powder mixed in warm milk and givenTurmeric powder mixed in warm milk and giventhree times a day.three times a day.– Pepper powder mixed with honey.Pepper powder mixed with honey. VomitingVomiting– Lemon juice with pinch of salt will be given.Lemon juice with pinch of salt will be given. Head achesHead aches– Teaspoon of ginger juice mixed with honey is used.Teaspoon of ginger juice mixed with honey is used.– Eucalyptus oil is used to relieve headache, jointEucalyptus oil is used to relieve headache, jointpains etc.pains etc.
  11. 11.  IndigestionIndigestion– Piece of ginger with a pinch of salt is given before food toPiece of ginger with a pinch of salt is given before food tochew.chew. Parasitic infectionParasitic infection– Neem powder mixed with hot milk or water is given.Neem powder mixed with hot milk or water is given. Burns and woundsBurns and wounds– Turmeric paste is applied to the injured areaTurmeric paste is applied to the injured area Chicken poxChicken pox– Neem leaves are crushed and applied all over the body andNeem leaves are crushed and applied all over the body andbath is taken after some time. The patient is not allowed tobath is taken after some time. The patient is not allowed togo out of the house for few days.go out of the house for few days. Common coldCommon cold– Crushing the tulasi leaves to obtain juice. The juice is givenCrushing the tulasi leaves to obtain juice. The juice is given2-3 times a day.2-3 times a day.– Turmeric is mixed with warm milk and taken. Honey is alsoTurmeric is mixed with warm milk and taken. Honey is alsoused during cold.used during cold.
  12. 12.  AsthmaAsthma– An herb is kept in the mouth of a fish and dropped inAn herb is kept in the mouth of a fish and dropped inthe mouth of the patient.the mouth of the patient. ConstipationsConstipations– Castor oil is used as luxativeCastor oil is used as luxative Tooth eruption painTooth eruption pain– Tulasi and salt is crushed and applied to the area.Tulasi and salt is crushed and applied to the area. CoughCough– Cloves are kept in the moth and chewed slowlyCloves are kept in the moth and chewed slowly– Clove powder mixed with jaggery, sugar or honeyClove powder mixed with jaggery, sugar or honeyare added to ordinary tea relieves cough.are added to ordinary tea relieves cough.

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