"Cricket singing means rain": semiotic meaning of insects in the district of Pedra Branca, Bahia State, northeastern Brazil

This paper deals with the semiotic meanings which are given both to the appearance and/or behavior of insect species according to the ethnoentomological knowledge of the inhabitants of the village of Pedra Branca, Bahia State, Brazil.

Ethnomedical science and African medical practice

The ethnomedical sciences are ethnobotany, ethnobiology, ethnopharmacology and phytotherapy.

The importance of weeds in ethnopharmacology

Abstract: Tropical primary forest is often considered to be the most important habitat for traditional peoples to gather medicinal plants.

Ethnobiology of the Nilgiri hills, India

Abstract: The Nilgiri is a popular massif towering high in the Western Ghats in South India with an altitude of 2623 m.

Some unique ethnomedicinal uses of plants used by the Korku tribe of Amravati district of Maharashtra, India

Abstract: The present ethnobotanical study was carried out among the ethnic groups (Korku tribe) in the Chikhaldara, Achalpur and parts of Morshi in Amravati district of Maharashtra, India.

Anti-quorum sensing activity of medicinal plants in southern Florida

Bacterial intercellular communication, or quorum sensing (QS), controls the pathogenesis of many medically important organisms.

Ethnophysiology and contraceptive use among low-income women in urban Brazil

Distrust and dissatisfaction with contraceptive methods among low-income Brazilian women contributes to incorrect contraceptive use, harmful health risks, and an extensive reliance on surgical sterilization.

First comprehensive contribution to medical ethnobotany of Western Pyrenees

An ethnobotanical and medical study was carried out in the Navarre Pyrenees, an area known both for its high biological diversity and its cultural significance.

Traditional knowledge of wild edible plants used in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal): a comparative study

The paper aims to evaluate the knowledge, diversity and cultural significance of wild edible plants used in six rural areas of the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula

Inflammation and Native American medicine: the role of botanicals

The authors review some of the studies of the immunomodulatory activities of botanicals used by native peoples of North America...

The ethnoecology of Caiçara metapopulations (Atlantic Forest, Brazil): ecological concepts and questions

This study represents a mental exercise with the aim of helping understanding the connection between Caiçara populations and their historical coevolution within their surroundings.

Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes

Swatting mosquitoes and dodging other biting bugs is nearly a year-round chore in the Southeast, but such pests are swarming across the country with the advent of summer weather.

Ancient Chinese Folk Remedy May Hold Key To Non-Toxic Cancer Treatment

Two bioengineering researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a promising potential treatment for cancer among the ancient arts of Chinese folk medicine.

A Baker's Dozen Cold Remedies That Still Work A Century Later

Even as medical science continues to search into the next century for a cure for the common cold, many of the herbs, spices and concoctions grandma used at the dawn of this century can still make the symptoms more manageable today.

New Drugs Awaiting Discovery In Chinese Herbs?

The first large-scale computer screenings of Chinese herbs -- commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine -- has revealed a wide variety of compounds with potential for use in treating HIV/AIDS

Indigenous Amazonians display core understanding of geometry

Findings suggest basic geometrical knowledge is a universal constituent of the human mind

Study shows that indigenous people are not genetically prone to diabetes

The high rate of diabetes among indigenous people is not due to their genetic heritage, according to a recently published study.

Curing the common cold?

Folk and herbal remedies are often used in the hope that they will prevent the common cold or reduce the severity and duration of symptoms.

Study into effectiveness of herbal remedy in fighting chronic knee pain

The University of Southampton's Complementary Medicine Research Unit is looking for volunteers to take part in a new study which aims to establish the effectiveness of a well-known herbal remedy as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by the Jah Hut peoples in Malaysia

This study is important to preserve knowledge of medicinal plants used by Jah Hut people and also it is of important significance to exploit novel pharmacological agents in various treatments of diseases...