Superstitions are not alien but they are just other's experience. This will differ person to person and place to place. We cannot say all of them are wrong or all of them are right. It is right in some times and wrong in some times. As told in the incident, there might not be right person available for treating the snake bite so, they offered the local person for curing the same. Still we can see some country hakims curing many diseases rather than highly qualified doctor. We should not under estimate any thing by merely seeing or hearing. We should apply our mind before following anything for ourselves by hearing all such information from others. We admitted a close relative of mine in the biggest hospital in Chennai but his son from America shouted as there are many great hospitals in the city as he noted from the 'net'. But after personal discussion with the chief doctor of the hospital on his arrival from US, he satisfied. Here on his view the noted hospital is poor according to him.
Similarly, following the advice from others are not superstitions. We, Indians living in a cultured Country and we have our own heredity. The things may be obsolete or useless for the present situation. For that we should not term all as superstitions and set aside. For example, for continuous hikup, our elders used to suggest to rinse a spoonful of sugar in mouth but present people immediately rushing to the nearest doctor. We cannot term this suggestion as superstition but we have to apply our mind. There must be some reason for such sayings in the background if we calmly think over we can understand the reason behind it. Though there are many ortho doctors in major cities, many are thronging to the country doctors for their fractures etc., we cannot say here such things are superstitions but the doctors are not believable to that extent, according to them. I am not accusing or criticising any doctors here and telling this all doctors are not perfect but commercial. Saying them as superstitions by merely believing the doctors' clarifications through their medical language(certainly we are not going to understand their words but as they are told in the believing way) is not correct.
Avoid going out when a cat crossing etc., also some kind of superstitions. But according to me what is the fault in our side if we follow the same by sitting while - instead of cursing ourselves later after the work got failed.