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From Latin remedium.

From re (again) + mederi (to heal)

late 14c., from Old French prescription (13c.) and directly from Latin praescriptionem (nominative praescriptio) "a writing before, order, direction," noun of action from past participle stem of praescribere "write before, prefix in writing; ordain, determine in advance," from prae "before" (see prae-) + scribere "to write". Medical sense of "written directions from a doctor" first recorded 1570s.

The Sanskrit linguists and grammarians of ancient India were the first to make a comprehensive analysis of linguistics and etymology. The study of Sanskrit etymology has provided Western scholars with the basis of historical linguistics and modern etymology. Four of the most famous Sanskrit linguists are:

Yaska (c. 6th–5th centuries BCE)
Pāṇini (c. 520–460 BCE)
Kātyāyana (2nd century BCE)
Patañjali (2nd century BCE)


Something, such as a drug or a bandage, that is used to treat a symptom, disease, injury, or other condition. A cure is the end of a medical condition; the substance or procedure that ends the medical condition, a change in lifestyle, or even a philosophical mindset that helps end a person's sufferings. It may also refer to the state of being healed, or cured. A remission is a temporary end to the medical signs and symptoms of an incurable disease. A disease is said to be incurable if there is always a chance of the patient relapsing, no matter how long the patient has been in remission.The proportion of people with a disease that are cured by a given treatment, called the cure fraction or cure rate, is determined by comparing disease-free survival of treated people against a matched control group that never had the disease. Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous or folk medicine) comprises knowledge systems that developed over generations within various societies before the era of modern medicine.  defines traditional medicine as the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.Traditional medicine may include formalized aspects of folk medicine, that is to say longstanding remedies passed on and practised by lay people. Folk medicine consists of the healing practices and ideas of body physiology and health preservation known to some in a culture, transmitted informally as general knowledge, and practiced or applied by anyone in the culture having prior experience.


1-2. Etymology–General Linguistic Section.

Roman sources included Pliny the Elder's Natural History and Celsus's De Medicina. Pedanius Dioscorides drew on and corrected earlier authors for his De Materia Medica, adding much new material. A home remedy is a treatment to cure a disease or ailment that employs certain spices, vegetables, or other common items. Home remedies may or may not have medicinal properties that treat or cure the disease or ailment in question, as they are typically passed along by laypersons. Many are merely used as a result of tradition or habit or because they are effective in inducing the placebo effect.

Dsc. Materia medica II 97 (W.) φωχθεῖσα δὲ καὶ βληθεῖσα εἰς σάκκους πυριωμένη στρόφων καὶ τῶν ἄλλων ἀλγημάτων ἐστὶ βοήθημα.

Dsc. Materia medica II 25 (W.) βοήθημα ποθεῖσα μετ’ οἴνου δραχμῶν δυεῖν πλῆθος, καὶ τοξικοῦ ἀντιφάρμακον ὁμοίως λημφθεῖσα.

Galenus, De sectis ad eos qui introducuntur (1 p. 84 line 3 Kühn): καὶ ἐμπειρικῶν ὅσοι περὶ τῆς πρώτης τῶν βοηθημάτων εὑρέσεως φιλονεικοῦσι (those empiricists who engage in rivarly about the the first discovery of remedies).

A. Cornelius Celsus, De Medicina 1, 35: deinde aegrotantibus ea praecipere coepisse.

A. Cornelius Celsus, De Medicina I, 63: Si, uero quod propius est, uix ulla perpetua praecepta medicinalis ars recipit, idem sunt quod ii, quos experimenta sola sustinent.

A. Cornelius Celsus, De Medicina 1, 3: Cetera, quae antiqui medici praeceperunt, stomachum omnia infestant.


The pain of an earache can be sharp and piercing, or dull and aching. You may know the cause immediately, or you may struggle to determine what’s wrong when a adult is tugging on their ear lobe and crying in pain. Earaches can be debilitating, but don’t always warrant a round of antibiotics.

There are many possible causes for an earache. Cavities, sinus infections, earwax, tonsillitis, and teeth grinding are some of the most common.

Oil Drops in the Ear Canal.
A folk remedy, there’s no hard scientific evidence to prove that oil can soothe ear pain. But putting a few warmed drops of oil in the ear is safe and could be moderately effective.

The minerals in the compound have an affect on the way our cells carry out chemical reactions. Basically, every cell in our body is like a tiny, individual engine. Engines process different reactions and then eliminate the waste products left over from their work. Different metals enable the cells to carry out their functions. When used in homeopathic dilutions this is an energetic stimulus.
So the plants guide the remedy to the appropriate organ system, such as the  endocrine, cardiovascular or digestive sytems, and the minerals help change the way the cells are biochemically functioning. These remedies are actually helping the body detoxify by helping all the individual cells work more efficiently, especially with regard to eliminating waste. That is why drainage is called drainage. The body is aided in the elimination of waste.


A. Lucas and J.R. Harris (1989), Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries, London

L. Manniche (1989), An Ancient Egyptian Herbal, British Museum Publications, London

Robert J. Sharpe  and Kent Roach (2010), Taking Remedies Seriously (Montreal: Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice).

E. CPGM reference(s)

GMP II 3: Medical Treatise On remedies. (W. D. Furley)

E. DDbDP reference(s)

P.Michael 36   301 CE - 700 CE 1. λιθαργύρου λί(τραι) γ μυ(ριάδες) τ

P.Ross. Georg V 52  101 CE - 200 CE    grc  7. [λ]ιθαργύρου (δραχμαὶ) δ

SB 14 12142  Arzneimittelrezept    501 CE - 600 CE    grc   13. λιθαργύρου


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