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folk medicine Syllabification: folk med·i·cine

Definition of folk medicine in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • They are well regarded by other groups for their knowledge of folk medicines made from plants gathered in the forest.
  • It has been used extensively in folk medicines as a remedy for diabetes.
  • Perhaps the most widely recognized plant in folk medicine, ginseng refers to several different species originating in different countries.

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