Old cures,other wise known as Folk Medicine,
    have been used for centuries to aid the sick.
    Though many advancements have been made
    in the medical world,folk medicines have
    survived time and are still being used around
    the world.  

    While something as simple as chicken soup
    drew controversy among many medical
    professionals,some have finally come to
    agree that it has medical benefits; but
    they're not sure why. Like many of the old
    cures used during the early years,the old
    folks didn't know why or how their cures
    worked,but only that they did. Many cultures
    such as Indian,African,Appalachian,
    Japanese, Mexican,and many others, were
    deeply rooted in folk medicines,folklore,
    voodoo,and old folktales. Some even turned
    to black magic. They didn't know anything
    about test tubes or pills, but there was the
    boiling of the roots and leaves;some were
    even smoked. This form of healing has laid
    the foundation for what is, and what will be,
    in the medical Future.

    My study of Old medical documents;one
    being an old home medical book dated 1926
    by William Evans M D.,shows a close
    relationship between traditional healing and
    folk healing. This old book is truly an antique
    and covers a wide range of old cures like:
    home remedy for ringworm, pink eye, sore
    throat, tooth ache, how to get rid of pimples,
    hives, the history of small pox, scarlet fever,
    scurvy,malaria symptoms,rickets disease,
    eczema, and many other interesting subjects.
    Many ingredients that were contained in old
    home remedies are used in todays
    prescription Drugs. Though these ingredients
    may be listed under some fancy scientific
    name, the end results are the same.

    The Old folk,as they were sometimes called!
    Would probably change some of these names
    to something simple like vinegar, corn meal,
    pine tar, onions, baking soda, salt, peppers,
    tree bark, roots, corn silk, sassafras, honey,
    dew berry roof, aspirin; Why aspirin?
    Because it has been long used as a pain
    killer! Though mostly synthetically made
    today,it was originally made from salicin, the
    active ingredient in willow tree bark,
    (acetylsalicylic acid,) and was a primary
    ingredient in other folk medicines as well.
    The same can be found in strawberries,
    almonds and tomatoes. So It's plain to see
    that  by consuming the right combination of
    fruits, herbs and vegetables,some bodily
    ailments would not exist or the limiting
    affect of the aliment would be greatly
    reduced. Did you know store bought cloves
    can reduce the pain of a tooth ache?

    Nearly all medical benefits and cures have
    come from simple nature.  Even One of the
    most deadliest diseases,malaria, was first
    treated with the extract from the bark of a
    South American willow tree.
    The old folks knew a great deal about healing
    herbs but seldom spoke of what they knew.
    For this reason, unfortunately, many old
    remedies have been lost forever and the rest
    remains a secret. My ancestors were a great
    example of this; they could be called the
    keepers of old cures.  They did a lot of
    healing but revealed very little of how it was
    done. However, before my mother's death,
    (Martha Marr, (Fitzgerald) revealed some of
    what she knew about folk healing to a
    local newspaper.
    I would like to give thanks to, Frances
    Hallam Hurt, for her research in publishing
    this article which was printed in"The Bee,"
    A newspaper located in Danville, Virginia.

    Though most old cures have been
    covered in mounds of dirt along with the
    people that possessed them, It gives me
    great pleasure to dedicate this page to early
    pioneers of all cultures for their contribution
    to the healing of the sick. For they were true
    pioneers,that paved a path through history,
    that lead us to what we call the present.
Author: A.M.  Fitzgerald
Col., OH.  
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