Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today

Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today

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Duke University Press Books
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Herbal and Magical Medicine: Traditional Healing Today

Herbal and Magical Medicine draws upon perspectives from folklore, anthropology, psychology, medicine, and botany to describe the traditional medical beliefs and practices among Native, Anglo-, and African Americans in eastern North Carolina and Virginia. In documenting the vitality of such seemingly unusual healing traditions as talking the fire out of burns, wart-curing, blood-stopping, herbal healing, and rootwork, the contributors to this volume demonstrate how the region's folk medical systems operate in tandem with scientific biomedicine.the authors provide illuminating commentary on the major forms of naturopathic and magico-religious medicine practiced in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822312086
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 01/30/1992
Pages: 256

Table of Contents


Introduction: A Regional Approach and Multidisciplinary Perspective,
1. Folk Medicine in Contemporary America,
2. Traditional Healing Today: Moving Beyond Stereotypes,
3. Talking Fire out of Burns: A Magico-Religious Healing Tradition,
4. Parallels Between Magico-Religious Healing and Clinical Hypnosis Therapy,
5. Doctors and Root Doctors: Patients Who Use Both,
6. Rootwork from the Clinician's Perspective,
7. The Cultural Epidemiology of Spiritual Heart Trouble,
8. Herbal Medicine Among the Lumbee Indians,
9. Childbirth Education and Traditional Beliefs About Pregnancy and Childbirth,
10. Aesthetic Agency in the Folk Medical Practices and Remembrances of North Carolinians,

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