“Pennsylvania-German Folk Medicine”

Date(s) - 07/12/2014
11:00 am

Sigal Museum




“Pennsylvania-German Folk Medicine,” Ned Heindel. The healers who treated our Pennsylvania-German ancestors used a distinctive set of cures.  Some treatments were herbal, some were of Biblical origin, some used occult magic, and others were borrowed from other medical cults of the 17th – 20th centuries.  All required faith on the part of the patient, and yet some of their herbal cures have indeed been confirmed as effective by modern science.  Come and learn what it means to be pow-wowed.  See the herbs, incantations, and “text-books” (haus arzt) these folk doctors relied upon.  Minor illnesses  — e.g, the Opnema (wasting disease), Herzsperr (heart pain),  Awachse  (liver pain), Koppschmaerze (headache) — will be “tried for.”