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Information about traditional medicine practices related to different cultures.

Cambodian Perinatal Culture-Bound Syndromes: Providing Care to Cambodian Women with Toas
Information about postpartum period sor sai kchey, which alludes to a period of fragile health lasting from one to three months after childbirth during which many traditional postpartum practices are followed. There are strong beliefs about the importance of adhering to these practices and that failure to do so may lead to chronic symptoms called toas that can be temporary or lifelong.
Cambodian Postpartum Practices
Article about postpartum traditions in Cambodian culture.
Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Potential Risks and Drug Interactions
This article focuses on commonly used Chinese and Western botanicals and potential risks associated with their use. Four tables are included: Incompatible Combinations; Herbs with Teratogenic Effects; Herbs with Potential for Toxic Effects; and Herb-Drug Interactions.
Clinical Pearl: Circular Burn Scarring on Asian and African Patients
A short clinical pearl about patterned circular scars on the skin of Asian and African patients.
Clinical Pearl: Consider Lead and Other Heavy Metal Toxicities in the Evaluation of Nonspecific Symptoms
A short clinical pearl about the need to consider the prevalence of high lead levels among recently arrived Burmese.
Clinical Pearl: Uvulectomy
A short clinical pearl on a tradition surgery, uvulectomy, performed in some African and middle eastern countries.
Ethiopian Traditional and Herbal Medications and their Interactions with Conventional Drugs
This article discusses the use of traditional medicine by Ethiopian immigrant patients in conjunction with conventional medications. A table is included that describes herbs and spices commonly used in traditional medicine and potential interactions with conventional medications.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Fever
A small ethnographic study on fever in Cambodians. This symptom is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for fever, and concerns and health practices associated with fever.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Dizziness
A small ethnographic study on dizziness in Cambodians. This symptom is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for dizziness, and concerns and health practices associated with dizziness.
Ethnographic Study among Seattle Cambodians: Wind Illness
A small ethnographic study on wind illness in Cambodians. This is a common complaint among Cambodian patients. This information includes identification of primary terms and definitions used in translation for wind illness, and concerns and health practices associated with the illness.
Oral Health Beliefs, Traditions and Practices in the Somali Culture
Information about cultural practices and health beliefs impact the oral care of Somalis, and practical implications for providers.
Traditional Vietnamese Medicine: Historical Perspective and Current Usage
A brief history of the development of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine and its influences particularly by Southern China.
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