Folk system of medicine


The term Folk medicine refers to healing practices and ideas of body physiology and health preservation known to a limited segment of the population in a culture, transmitted informally as general knowledge, and practiced or applied by anyone in the culture having prior experience.

Folk medicine may also be referred to as Traditional medicine, Alternative medicine, Indigenous medicine, Complementary medicine, Natural medicine. These titles are often considered interchangeable, even though some authors may prefer one or the other because of certain overtones they may be willing to highlight. In fact, out of these terms perhaps only Indigenous medicine and Traditional medicine are the terms fully congruent with folk medicine, while others should be understood rather in modern or modernized context

Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous or folk medicine) comprises unscientific knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine. Practices known as traditional medicines include herbal, Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and other pseudomedical knowledge and practices all over the globe. It may include formalized aspects of folk medicine, i.e. longstanding remedies passed on and practiced by lay people.

In our website we have mentioned about 675 Medicinal plants which are used in Folk medicinal system. It describes about the method of preparation of the medicines and diseases which are curable by them and their dosage.