Indigenous medicine- Is there a doctor in the bush?
"The World Health Organization estimates that the majority of the population of most non-industrial countries still relies on traditional forms of medicine for everyday health care. In many countries up to 80-90% of the population are in this category".(1)
African countries have a long tradition of medicinal plant use. Traditional healers play an enormous role in providing health care to the majority of Africans. Often they are the first health care providers to be consulted, especially in rural areas. Communities all over Africa are faced with the challenge of incorporating indigenous medicine into mainstream medical care.
We will focus on the challenge in South Africa where traditional medicine and consultation with healers is part of the fabric of the cultural and spiritual life of the majority of people.
It is estimated that at least 70% of all South Africans consult one of the more than 200000 Traditional Healers practicing in the country. We need to find out what what Indigenous medicine is and whether or not it could be incorporated into mainstream health care.
We aim is to use Critical thinking to explore:
*alternatives to western type medicines- worldviews that take into account mental, social, physical and ecological dimensions of health and well being.
*different cultural/medicinal practices and remedies
*incorporating traditional indigenous medical practices into mainstream Medicare.
*engender cross-cultural understanding through finding out about different cultural/medicinal practices and remedies
(1)"Indigenous Medical Knowledge:the Law and Politics of Protection"Dr Gerard Bodeker Green College University of Oxford).
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Social Sciences & Culture > Indigenous Peoples
12 Jan 2009 - 04 May 2009