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Folk Medicine's Role In The Modern World

Lizard's tail, pictured here at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, is a common wetland plant with anti-inflammatory properties. (nelag/Flickr)
Lizard's tail, pictured here at Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, is a common wetland plant with anti-inflammatory properties. (nelag/Flickr)

Modern medicine has its roots in old-fashioned folk medicine. Today though, modern medicine feels pretty distant from whatever folk traditions have stuck around, and it’s easy to assume they don’t have much in common.

A collaborative study out of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking make that connection by investigating the healing potential of native Louisiana plants. Travis Lux from Here & Now contributor WRKF in Baton Rouge reports.

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