Even in this age of information, some African Americans equate good health with luck or success. An illness or disease, viewed as undesirable, may be equated with bad luck, chance, fate, poverty, domestic turmoil, or unemployment, and in such case, Black Americans will consult a physician only after attempts with home remedies have failed. It is important for the nurse when working with Black patients, remember that when this patient enters the traditional bio-medical health care delivery system, it is best to assume that all known and available cultural home remedies have been tried. According to Bloch (1976), some Black Americans believe that the nurse should recognize cultural medical practices and the western medical remedies based on these beliefs. It is essential that the nurse determine whether these home remedies will interact or interfere with orthodox medical approaches. If home remedies are found to be efficacious or neutral. they may be kept at the patient's bedside. However, if they are found to be harmful, the nurse should assist the patient in developing an understanding about the remedies' dangers. With an emphasis on education, the patient can be navigated toward modern medical preventive techniques and cures, and the nurse may observe and judge the variety and efficacy of age-old culturally entrenched health care practices. Future studies may just substantiate the science behind the folklore.