Medical Folklore

The Encyclopedia of Medical Folklore

Ayurvedic medicine treatment for special metabolic type

Ayurvedic medicine doctrine described the body as having a system of canals radiating outward from the navel to all parts of the body, which carried “rasos” (vital juices). Besides blood, the vital juices included “oyas” (fiery vital juices created by the heart). History of ayurvedic medicine Ayurvedic medicine discipline developed in India from approximately 3000 B.C. to …

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Pre-Conquest Mexican medicine (2000 B.C. to 1521 A.D.)

History Mexican medicine developed from approximately 2000 B.C. to 1521 A.D., the time of the Spanish conquest. Although the Spanish conquerors systematically destroyed the great Aztec libraries, making it difficult to identify exactly which practices came originally from which of the Mexican cultures, the Olmecs, Toltecs, and later the Zapotecs and their Mixtec conquerors are …

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Chinese Medicine

Chinese medical traditions developed from 2852 B.C. to 220 A.D. The Chinese believed in a world spirit, the Tao, and a cosmic balance between two opposing forces, the Yin and the Yang. The dichotomy of yin and yang was seen everywhere in the Chinese world — female was yin, male was yang; darkness was yin, …

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What is “Medical Folklore”?

In its broadest sense, “folk medicine” can be used to refer to such things as holistic medicine, midwifery, and medical beliefs and practices unique to individual family traditions. A stricter interpretation of the term may exclude traditional practices such as those procedures commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Regardless of how …

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