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These medicinal plants and herbs are commonly used in Turkey. Some of these are very popular among people and are often used in homes, while others can only be recognized and used by folk physicians.

Herbal Drugs: Ethnomedicine to Modern Medicine

There has been considerable research into these medicianal plants and drugs, and large numbers of publications about them issued by faculties of pharmacology. Forms and lengths of treatment in folk and modern medicine are sometimes quite similar. For example asprin used as a painkiller appeared as a development of quinine and cocaine, which had been used by folk medicine for a long time.

In the same way, research has proved that some herbs used in folk medicine were really effective in curing disease.

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In general, we can say that modern and folk medicine interact with each other. While focusing on the causes of disease, modern medicine benefits from folk medicine in order to improve the range of treatments available. Also, folk medicine uses every opportunity to benefit from developments in modern medicine. Within this framework, in some cases folk medicine has given way to pharmacological drugs. However, some people do not trust modern medicine in cases like the evil eye or when someone is under the influence of an evil spirit. Both folk and modern medicine are used in some diseases, like asthma or to deal with heart problems.

Cancer and other diseases which requires a surgeon are totally left to modern medicine.

As a result, in conservative regions, the attitudes of residents towards disease are shaped by cultural factors. Contacts with big cities, and the availability of transport also enhance the tendency towards modern medicine. This tendency is most commonly seen in the young. Whether educated or not, rich or poor, some people still use folk medicine for specific diseases, and visits to shrines and folk methods of dealing with fractures or dislocations can still be observed.

If ice is not available, the wound is washed with cold water or mud is smeared on it. High Temperatures a A towel is moistened with vinegar and pressed onto the brow, neck, hands, feet and the whole body. Asthma A pigeon egg is consumed every morning for 40 days as the first meal of the day.

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Aches a The leaf of a black cabbage is heated and placed on the affected area. This operation is repeated frequently. This operation continues a few times a day. The affected areas covered with this cream. This operation goes on for three or four days. Sore Feet Unrefined salt is dissolved in hot water, and the feet are washed in this solution for ten minutes. Sprains An onion is mashed with either salt or olives and placed on the sprained area.


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Headaches a A potato is cut into slices and coffee sprinkled on them. These slices are placed on the forehead. Bronchitis a Linen seeds are mashed with sugar and eaten. Tonsilitis The throat is covered with a piece of cotton with pepper and grain alcohol. Kidney Stones a Medlar leaves are boiled and drunk as tea. This continues until the stone is ejected.

Nosebleeds The shell of an egg is burned till it becomes ash.

The victims breaths in this ash when his or her nose starts to bleed. Haemorrhoids a Garlic is rubbed on every morning. Dolman Okra is cooked in milk and placed on the finger. Flu Mint and dried linden flowers are boiled with lemon and drunk as tea. Sty Garlic is rubbed on the sty. Diarrhea a Diarrhea will end if a glass of soda pop with an asprin inside is drunk. Cancer In summer fresh and in winter dry stinging nettles are boiled and drunk as tea every morning before breakfast.

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Parotitis The patient eats red halvah a sweet prepared with sesame oil, various cereals and syrup and fat is rubbed on the ears. Swollen stomach A mixture of vinegar and bran is heated, and the stomach covered with the mixture. Calcification The patient uses fish oil for calcified areas. Earache A little leek water is poured into the ear. The multitarget effects of herbs holistic approaches are the fun- mental basis of their utilization. This approach is already used in traditional systems of medicine like Ayurveda, which has become more popular in the West in recent years.

However, the integration of modern science with traditional uses of herbal drugs is of the utmost importance if ones wishes to use ancient knowledge for the betterment of humanity. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist.

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