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Traditional Healing is a custom procedure of medicine that has an essential set of ethics. Virtually each diverse culture has its own structure of traditional healing. While each cultural system may vary their methods of traditional healing are found in most all cultures. The shared methods of traditional healing are those using midwives, herbalists, and spiritualists. Within the articles I have described below, traditional medicine is a holistic approach that involves the use of native herbalism combined with aspects of spirituality. In this annotated bibliography, I will focus on different cultural belief in the practice of medicine, health, and wellness with traditional healers.
Throughout the article, Kofi, Abel, and Caroline define and discuss the Akan tribes and their traditional healing system. Akan traditional medicine is holistic and is based on the belief that there is a connection that exists between the physical and spiritual worlds. In general they believe their holistic approach will cure sickness from an individual and even spiritual sickness like a curse from the gods or disease of the body. The authors go on to discuss different types of medical practitioners and how their healing is divided between spiritually based and non-spiritually based. Spiritually based healers believe that illnesses can only be treated with the help of spirits. However, the non-spiritually healers look at medicinal plants and consult biomedical sources for their treatments. Furthermore, they find that the healers generally rely upon a combination of biomedicine and traditional practices to diagnose and treat their patients with the different plants. It is found that the knowledge of medicinal plants is passed down through family traditions and apprenticeships. Finally, they conclude that therapeutic potential of the traditional herbs still maintaining the cultural heritage and traditions present.
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