Ethnomedicine is a sub-field of medical anthropology and deals with the study of traditional medicines; Focus is 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.
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.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Medicinal plants of the American West
- Chinese medicine
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- Information on Ethnomedicine, mostly of Asian traditions
- Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
- The Institute for Ethnomedicine
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