Treatment of earache among the Lappish people

J Laryngol Otol. 1990 Feb;104(2):109-11. doi: 10.1017/s0022215100111983.


The traditional ways of treating earache among the Lappish people have been charted. Generally speaking, the Lapps have treated earache by applying a compress to the ear, dropping various ear-drops into the external auditory canal, breathing into the ear, massaging the ear, and inserting impregnated wool into the ear canal. The Lappish treatment principles for earache are discussed in relation to modern knowledge of pain relief.

MeSH terms

  • Earache / therapy*
  • Finland
  • Hair
  • Hot Temperature / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • USSR
  • Urine