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Folk medicine

3. 4. 2013




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Czech Republic

Folk medicine - A set of traditional practices for healing people and animals. It consists of both - the knowledge of the organism gained through long term observation , superstitious ideas and magic as well. A certain degrees of awareness regarding healing practices was a part of common knowledge in households, however, in more severe cases specialists - healers were sought. The healing tradition was usually inherited within a family unit. Healing through herbs was documented as far as the ancient Slavs. After 1948 folk medicine was prohibited and since 1989 it is experiencing a revival along with oriental medicine and esotericism is gaining popularity. The most common healing method in the Czech lands was herbal medicine, magic, to a lesser extent massages, joint remedy, obstetrics, and even some surgical procedures.

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