Myths and legends often have their basis in a grain of truth. So I wondered if home remedies, alternative treatments, and folklore cures might also be based on truth. First, letâ€™s try to define the phrase home remedy.
Thereâ€™s No Place Like Home
The name itself proclaims that a home remedy is, well, a remedy thatâ€™s administered at home! Prescription drugs are often given at home as remedies, so we need to dig a little deeper. When you think of home remedy, donâ€™t you think of some sort of cure or treatment thatâ€™s outside mainstream modern medicine? Me too. Letâ€™s take a look at some choices.
The Holistic View
The dictionary defined holistic medicine as an approach to medical care that emphasizes the study of all aspects of a person’s health, including physical, psychological, social, economic, and cultural factors. The holistic definition is very broad and could apply to many medical approaches.
Peaches & Herbs?
Many people associate herbs with home remedies. The definition for herbal remedy is a plant, or plant part, or an extract or mixture of these used to prevent, alleviate, or cure disease called also herbal medicine. That sounds like a good definition, although home remedies tend to encompass more than herbal remedies. Whatâ€™s next?
Folk medicine is defined as traditional medicine especially as practiced by people isolated from modern medical services, and usually involving the use of plant-derived remedies on an empirical basis. Now weâ€™re getting somewhere! The old-timers practiced medicine not based entirely on plants when modern medicine wasnâ€™t available. Letâ€™s dig a little deeper into the dictionary.
Home At Last
Finally we find the dictionaryâ€™s definition of home remedy: a simply prepared medication or tonic often of unproven effectiveness administered without prescription or professional supervision. So – it is a remedy prepared outside the realm of modern medicine, itâ€™s not limited to herbs, but unproven effectiveness? I disagree. I can prove that some of the simplest home remedies have led to some of our greatest medical breakthroughs (but thatâ€™s another article).
Is That Your Final Answer?
Based on the research above, letâ€™s agree to define a home remedy as follows:
An experienced-based or even accidental remedy or cure prepared by common folk from herbs, plants, or other available ingredients when modern medical help was unavailable (or hadnâ€™t been devised yet).
Thatâ€™s my answer, and Iâ€™m sticking to it!
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