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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 practices all over the globe. NLM (National Library of Medicine, contains resources for patients and healthcare professionals) Virtual Hospital (digital health sciences library by the University of Iowa) Online Medical Dictionary Collection of links to free medical resources Wikicities has a wiki about medicine: Medicine Categories: Medicine | Health ... The term Herbalism refers to folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. ... Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद Sanskrit: ayu—life; veda—knowledge of) or ayurvedic medicine is a more than 2,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Acupuncture chart from Hua Shou (fl. ... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद Sanskrit: ayu—life; veda—knowledge of) or ayurvedic medicine is a more than 2,000 year old comprehensive system of medicine based on a holistic approach rooted in Vedic culture. ... Muti is a generic term for medicine in Southern Africa. ... Ifá is a system of divination that originated in West Africa among the Yoruba people. ...


WHO defines Traditional Medicine as "the medicine that refers to health practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs incorporating plant, animal and mineral based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual techniques and exercises, applied singularly or in combination to treat, diagnose and prevent illnesses or maintain well-being". Who can refer to: WHO, World Health Organization The Who, a British rock band The Guess Who, a Canadian rock band who (pronoun), an English language interrogative pronoun. ...


Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America use traditional medicine (TM) to help meet some of their primary health care needs. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicine for primary health care.


In industrialized countries, the term "traditional medicine" is very often confused with the term "alternative medicine." Alternative medicine is defined as any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy naturopathic, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain.[1] Complementary medicine is defined as any of the practices (as acupuncture) of alternative medicine...


One of the core disciplines, which studies traditional medicines, is ethnomedicine. Ethnomedicine is a sub-field of medical anthropology and deals with the studies of traditional medicines: not only those that have relevant written sources (e. ...


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The term Herbalism refers to folk and traditional medicinal practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. ... 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. ... Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. ... Alternative medicine is defined as any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy naturopathic, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain.[1] Complementary medicine is defined as any of the practices (as acupuncture) of alternative medicine... Unaani (in Arabic, Hindustani, Persian, Pashtu, Urdu etc) means Greek. ... Muti is a generic term for medicine in Southern Africa. ... Ifá is a system of divination that originated in West Africa among the Yoruba people. ... Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between plants and people: Fromethno - study of people and botany - study of plants. ...

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Traditional Chinese medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2891 words)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) also known simply as Chinese medicine (Chinese: 中醫學, zhōngyī xué, or 中药学, zhōngyaò xué) is the name commonly given to a range of traditional medical practices used in China that have developed over the course of several thousand years of history.
The term TCM is sometimes used specifically within the field of Chinese medicine to refer to the standardized set of theories and practices introduced in the mid-20th century under the government of Mao, as distinguished from related traditional theories and practices preserved by people in Taiwan, Hong Kong and by the overseas Chinese.
Unlike other forms of traditional medicine which have largely become extinct, traditional Chinese medicine continues as a distinct branch of modern medical practice, and within China, it is an important part of the public health care system.
Traditional medicine - definition of Traditional medicine in Encyclopedia (313 words)
In this view, modern medicine is seen as the established form of medicine that is now the traditional treatment for illness, especially in western societies, and alternative approaches are seen as new alternatives to these traditional treatments.
In a more antagonistic view, modern medicine may even be seen as corrupt because of the influence of pharmaceutical companies, with its practitioners seen as "traditionalists" for their perceived attachment to established techniques and unwillingness to countenance new approaches, and those following non-pharmacological approaches forming the vanguard of a new, "non-traditional" approach.
These alternative approaches may be those falling into the "traditional medicine" category described by the other definition of the term, may instead fall into a broader category of alternative medicine, or may be techniques actually originating in the modern era that have for various reasons fallen out of favor amongst the majority of doctors.
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