Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The European Heritage of Folk Medicines and Medicinal Foods: Its Contribution to the CAMs of Tomorrow

Publishing date
30 Nov 2012
Submission deadline
13 Jul 2012

Lead Editor

1University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy

2Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

3Centre for Integrative Medicine, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy

The European Heritage of Folk Medicines and Medicinal Foods: Its Contribution to the CAMs of Tomorrow


The medical folklore in Europe has long been considered an interesting topic for ethnographers alone. However, the recent growing global interest in CAM therapies has shown that, while a lot of work is still necessary for the bio-pharmacological assessment of natural resources used in folk medical systems, much research is needed for recording and documenting in a detailed manner disappearing practices and remedies.

Taking into consideration that a few of these remedies could be among the most interesting CAMs of tomorrow, we welcome papers reporting the results of field ethnobiological studies conducted on European folk medicines (including medicinal foods) that explore uses of natural products, as well as folk medical rituals/diets, and their links to health and disease perceptions.

Studies showing how to concretely integrate folk medical practices within evidence-based CAM practices and public health policies are especially welcome.

Ethnobotanical quantitative meta-analysis and studies on the links between folk and historical medical practices will only be considered if they are based on in-depth and original field ethnographic/ethnobiological data. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Field medical ethnobotany, zootherapy, ethnogeology, and hydrotherapy
  • Traditional ritual healing practices
  • Cross-cultural comparisons among folk medicines
  • Links between folk medical practices and sustainable management of natural environment/environmental “health”
  • Local food medicines, namely, foods considered “healthy” or able to improve human health
  • Links between folk medical practices and historical scholarly medicine
  • Medical ethnobiology among migrants/newcomers in Europe and among European diasporas in other continents
  • Ethnoveterinary field studies and eventual links to folk therapies for humans
  • Clinical evaluation of European folk medicines
  • Safety of European folk medicines and interactions/synergies with drugs
  • Public health studies on the integration of folk medicines within evidence-based medical systems (including cost-effectiveness ratio)

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 827521
  • - Editorial

The European Heritage of Folk Medicines and Medicinal Foods: Its Contribution to the CAMs of Tomorrow

Andrea Pieroni | Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana | ... | Cassandra L. Quave
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 156846
  • - Review Article

Medical Ethnobotany in Europe: From Field Ethnography to a More Culturally Sensitive Evidence-Based CAM?

Cassandra L. Quave | Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana | Andrea Pieroni
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 860542
  • - Review Article

Can Estragole in Fennel Seed Decoctions Really Be Considered a Danger for Human Health? A Fennel Safety Update

L. Gori | E. Gallo | ... | F. Firenzuoli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 896295
  • - Research Article

Plant Ethnoveterinary Practices in Two Pyrenean Territories of Catalonia (Iberian Peninsula) and in Two Areas of the Balearic Islands and Comparison with Ethnobotanical Uses in Human Medicine

Esperança Carrió | Montse Rigat | ... | Joan Vallès
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 604363
  • - Research Article

Comparative Medical Ethnobotany of the Senegalese Community Living in Turin (Northwestern Italy) and in Adeane (Southern Senegal)

Rachele Ellena | Cassandra L. Quave | Andrea Pieroni
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 360913
  • - Research Article

The Relationship between Plants Used to Sustain Finches (Fringillidae) and Uses for Human Medicine in Southeast Spain

Antonio Belda | Victoriano Peiró | Eduardo Seva
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