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Ethnomedicine is a sub-field of medical anthropology and deals with the study of traditional medicines: not only those that have relevant written sources (e.g. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda), but especially those, whose knowledge and practices have been orally transmitted over the centuries. Medical anthropology is a branch of anthropology concerned with the application of anthropological and social science theory and method to better understand health, illness and healing. ... The term describes medical knowledge systems, which developed over centuries within various societies before the era of modern medicine; traditional medicines include medicines such as herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Unani medicine, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese medicine, Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine, South African Muti, Yoruba Ifá, as well as other medical knowledge and... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Shirodhara, one of the techniques of Ayurveda Ayurveda (Devanagari: ) or Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. ...


In the scientific arena, ethnomedical studies are generally characterized by a strong anthropological approach, more than a bio-medical one. The focus of these studies is then the perception and context of use of traditional medicines, and not their bio-evaluation. For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος = human) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ...


See Also

Medicinal plants of the American West are often under-represented in modern health care. ... Shirodhara, one of the techniques of Ayurveda Ayurveda (Devanagari: ) or Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent. ... Ethnobiology is the study of the past and present interrelationships between human cultures and the plants, animals, and other organisms in their environment, including relationships with ecosystems as a whole. ... Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between plants and people: Fromethno - study of people and botany - study of plants. ... Dioscorides’ Materia Medica, c. ... A shaman doctor of Kyzyl. ... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Pharmacognosy is the study of medicines from natural sources. ...

External links

  • Information on Ethnomedicine, mostly of Asian traditions
  • Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
  • The Institute for Ethnomedicine

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Ethnomedizin (840 words)
Ethnomedicine is a specialist area which is not restricted to describing "exotic" healing practices, but actually offers concrete practical help in everyday clinical medicine.
Contrary to contentions spread by the ill-informed, which impute to ethnomedicine the aim of undermining modern medicine by paramedical ideas and practices, it is considered to be an unbiased science by its proponents.
Ethnomedicine is figuring with increasing prominence as subject chosen for the special academic course, unique to the Philosophy Faculty of Vienna University, which permits students to design their own syllabus according to individual preference, proceeding to graduation with a specific master's degree.
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine | Full text | Welcome to Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (2009 words)
Ethnomedicine is concerned with the cultural interpretations of health, disease and illness and also addresses the health care seeking process and healing practices.
In both ethnobiology and ethnomedicine, the documentation of the consequences of particular behaviours and practices is through cultural and biological expertise intrinsic to the fields of anthropology and biology/medicine.
There is a growing demand for access to integrated empirical studies in ethnobiology and ethnomedicine beyond the scope of the journals that are currently available.
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