Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine: Old World and New World Traditions
ABC-CLIO, 2004 - 392페이지
Informative and engaging, yet authoritative and well researched, "Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine" reveals previously unexamined connections between folk medicine practices on either side of the Atlantic, as well as within different cultures (Celtic, Native American, etc.) in the United Kingdom and America. For students, school and public libraries, folklorists, anthropologists, or anyone interested in the history of medicine, it offers a unique way to explore the fascinating crossroads where social history, folk culture, and medical science meet.
From the 17th century to the present, the encyclopedia covers remedies from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources, as well as practices combining natural "materia medica" with rituals. Its over 200 alphabetically organized, fully cross-referenced entries allow readers to look up information both by ailment and by healing agent. Entries present both British and North American traditions side by side for easy comparison and identify the surprising number of overlaps between folk and scientific medicine.
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This use has extended to asthma in the Scottish Highlands (Beith 1995: 212) and
in England (Prince 1991: 11). In the English early twentieth-century use of
honeysuckle for treating asthma (Miss N., Hampshire, pers, com., 1990) we have
Plants common to both Britain and North America that were used in American folk
remedies for asthma include daisy (Bellis perennis), elecampane (Inula helenium
), wild plum (Prunus spinosa), elder (Sambucus nigra), mullein (Verbascum ...
Widely used by the Native Americans for a variety of respiratory problems, it was
adopted into herbalism and then into folk medicine, especially as a treatment for
coughs and asthma. It was one of the herbs grown commercially by the Shakers.