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
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today,it was originally made from salicin, the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
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.