We could say that traditional healing is a way of healing that has been common since ancient times
Izet Masic, Nabil Naser, Aida Kapetanovic, Nizama Salihefendic, Muharem Zildzic.
Background: We could say that traditional healing is a way of healing that has been common since ancient times.
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It has been passed down from generation to generation for many centuries.
Magic medicine, although not approved by any of the monotheistic religions present in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and strictly prohibited by Islam, in the form of various magical acts and spells, exists among the people.
Some of these magical practices have their roots in the pre-Christian Slavic period and earlier.
Objective: The aim of this article was to provide a review of traditional medicine during history and today in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Methods: Review of the available literature, personal contacts, and personal experience in contact with traditional medicine.
Discussion: Some of these magical practices have their roots in the pre-Christian Slavic period and earlier. Since the cause of the disease was usually associated with evil beings of supernatural powers, a deity, or God’s will or punishment, it is understandable that priests have long been engaged in healing.
Especially in the mentally ill, there seemed to be a certain divine or demonic origin of the disease. Muslim folk medicine divides diseases into two groups; fevers and obsessions with unclean spirits.
Folk medicine knows the healing properties of herbs and other substances of animal or mineral origin. The medicinal properties of simple foods that can be found in every home are also widely used, such as milk, honey, vinegar, oil, onion, and garlic.
Prescription books, known as “ljekaruše”, were created by collecting and writing down folk remedies. They were written mostly by Catholic priests. “Witch doctors” or “healers” have been preserved in Orthodox monasteries.
Conclusion: Traditional medicine is important for the history of medicine, ethnology, and anthropology, and abounds in folklore elements. It is an area that leads to knowing, understanding, or feeling the very nucleus of a nation.