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Russian folk medicine: herbal medicine in Russia

Russia has always been rich in medicinal herbs and therefore herbal medicine in Russia was widespread. In Russia, wormwood was used for fever, birch SAP for the treatment of purulent wounds, tar as a disinfectant, cowberry, cloudberry, Rowan in scurvy, etc.

Many of the customs and Proverbs of the Russian people promote hygiene measures: “Live by the mind and the cure must not”, “From walking in lasino (soap) body pure lives”, etc. Prohibitions, clothed in Rus in the form of “sin”, and many people in the form of “taboos” often expressed hygiene. So, the custom of eating apples only after the “consecration” in their feast of the Transfiguration essentially warns against eating unripe fruits; the idea of the “evil eye” of the newborn contributed to the prevention of hypothermia or infection of the child when considering his outsiders. Russian customs and sayings, collected by V. I. dal in the collection of “Proverbs of the Russian people”, where a separate section “Health and illness”.

During the centuries of accumulated knowledge of healing has allowed Russia to pass for bilingual in herbal treatments, and borrow this experience sought by many foreign doctors. Already in the IX in Novgorod from prediluvial abroad larch sponge (TB medium). A decoction of the bark of ash trees, has long been used abroad as an antimalarial drug, initially gained recognition among the Russian people. About the decoction of the shoots of wild rosemary, Continue reading

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