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 doctors,
    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 or old folktales. 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
    result is 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,dew berry roof, aspirin; Why aspirin?
    Because it has been long used as a pain killer,
    and though mostly synthetically made today,it
    was originally made from salicin, the active
    ingredient in willow bark, (acetylsalicylic acid,)
    and was a primary ingredient in folk medicines.
    The same can be found in strawberries,
    almonds and tomatoes. So It's plain to see that  
    by consuming the right combination of fruit,
    herbs and vegetables, some bodily ailments
    would not exist or the limiting affect of the
    aliment would be greatly reduced.

    Did you know that store bought cloves are good
    for a tooth ache? Nearly all medical benefits
    and cures have come from simple nature.  Even
    One of the most deadliest human diseases,
    malaria, was first treated with the extract from
    the bark of a South American tree.
    The old folks knew a great deal about healing
    herbs but didn't speak of what they knew,
    unless with a family member or close friend. For
    this reason unfortunately, many old remedies
    have been lost forever and the rest remains
    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 the local newspaper.
    Though most old cures have been covered in
    mounds of dirt along with the people that
    possessed them, I am honored to give thanks
    to Frances Hallam Hurt, that took the time to
    investigate and publish this article which was
    printed in"The Bee." A newspaper located in
    Danville, Virginia.

    I would like 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.
   
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 Author: A.M  Fitzgerald
Col., OH.  
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