Regardless of quickly developing medical science, folk medicine remains important in the daily life of the Võro people living in southern Estonia, especially in rural families and among elderly people. In every family there is usually someone who can offer advice on how to treat less significant health problems. With chronic and serious illnesses people also turn to folk healers.
In today's folk medicine, mostly herbal remedies are used to treat illnesses, to purify the body and to boost general health. These medicinal plants are both gathered from nature and grown in home gardens. Homemade remedies consisting of honey, butter, resin, rye sprouts, pot marigold and lard, among other things, are popular. Magnets, copper coins, animal hide, clay and soil are also used. The sauna and therapeutic whisks have a healing power. Children sooth their parent's back pain by carefully walking on their back when they are lying down.