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    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, 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    was originally made from salicin, the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 effect
    of the aliment would be greatly
    reduced. Did you know that store
    bought cloves could 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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