Folk Medicine, Folk Healing

Sever M.

GAZI AKADEMIK BAKIS-GAZI ACADEMIC VIEW, cilt.9, ss.181-192, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 9 Konu: 17
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.181-192


Folk medicine and folk healing may be defined codified, regulated, taught openly and practised widely, and benefit from thousands of years of experience. On the other hand, it may be highly secretive, mystical and extremely localized, with knowledge of its practices passed on orally. Folk medicine and traditional medical practices emerged as a result of the reactions of primitive men against natural events and their ways of comparing and exchanging the medical practices of relevant communities with their own practices. Magic played an important role in shaping the practices. Folk medicine is the solutions developed by societies against material and moral disorders starting from the mythic period until today. Folk healer, on the other hand, is the wisest and the most respectable person in the society, in terms of materiality and morale. This person has the power of identifying and curing the diseases, disorders, consequently the origin of these diseases and disorders, and the skill of using various drugs for the treatment of the diseases and disorders or applying the practices with the help of information and practices acquired from the tradition.