The Benefits, Types, and Implementations of Traditional Healers
Traditional healing system is not similar but instead, differs from different regions and states. We should not look at the term traditional healers as the same definition but instead, as an umbrella theory that involves several healers with vast training and knowledge.
Examples of Traditional Healers include diviners(‘Ngaka ya ditaola’), Sanusi(‘Sedupe’), traditional birth attendants(‘Babelegisi’), and traditional healers. The bones and spirits of the predecessors are used by diviners to determine and impose medications for different ailments. A Sanusi can be both a herbalist and a diviner and is one who is enchanted by the Holy Spirit and can foretell the future and advice on how to oversee an unpleasant circumstance.
Those who were accredited, qualified, and recognized by village elders to oversee curcumins on boys were traditional surgeons and their expertise can entail the practices of other kinds of traditional healers such as diviners. The older women who have mastered the expertise of midwifery over the times through witnessing and experiencing and helping in sever births all over their adult lives are traditional birth attendants. The reason why any older woman can become a birth attendant is that the mastery is relayed from one linage to the other.
In several regions, Traditional Healers play an essential role in several aspects of people’s lives because of their expertise. Traditional African healers play vital roles as educators about traditional cosmology and culture and they can also help in tasks such as being social workers, skilled psychotherapists, and counselors.
Traditional healers have pulled through despite the prevalence of western influences and they play an essential role in countries such as South Africa. The result of a partnership between traditional healers and western medicine will result in qualitative changes in the health industry.
When it comes to keeping track of disease upsurges, traditional healers can play a vital role as they stay within the communities and will be amongst the first ones to know if a new illness pops up. traditional healers should be taught what, when, why, and how to communicate uncommon signs to heath professionals.
The reason why adding traditional healers to the modern healthcare system is a good thing is that it can grow access of the healthcare services accessed by many of those who prefer traditional healing system. In 2003, WHO arrived at a resolution that recognizes traditional healers as ideal care resources that can have amazing benefits in our healthcare unit.
An awareness and improvements that traditional medicine has done in the health field is a big stride in decolonizing global health. One thing about traditional healers is that they are appreciated by their community members but their work is usually not given attention by the relevant authorities.