This is partially a review article and partially a research article. However, since
the author is a practicing phytotherapist and not a laboratory scientist, she does not report on
large trials and blind studies, proffer statistics, and use standard medical terminology. Instead,
her article presents intimate case studies of her patients and the botanical remedies she
uses to treat them. The efficacy of her treatment is proven by her patients’ restoration to
health. The author emphasizes that the persistence of phytotherapy in Traditional Medicine
(narodnaia meditsina) is due to the fact that through correct application of botanicals, their
many valuable properties and their ability to counter many diseases have been witnessed. In
the arsenal of popular medicine even meager and infrequent use of botanicals documents
their healing power. In some cases, they can even heal serious illnesses. On the other hand,
the author cautions that self-treatment with botanicals is not advisable. It is absolutely
obligatory that treatment with botanicals be performed by a physician or phytotherapist. The
article focuses on the treatment of parasites. Common English and Russian terms for plants
used in the recipes are cited along with Latin botanical names.
Keywords: Dagestan, traditional medicine, parasites, phytotherapy practice, hepatitis, ulcers.
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