traditional healer


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traditional healer

Ethnomedicine
A person in a primitive society who uses long-established methods passed down from one healer to another to treat a person suffering from various illnesses, many of which have psychological underpinnings. Methods used by traditional healers include the use of roots, fetish dolls, voodoo dolls, and the smoking out of a possessing spirit or spell.
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Similarly, another healer who has 44 years of experience as a traditional healer criticizes the certification process as follows:
There is however lack of information into the biochemical basis of the compounds present in the traditional preparations of the plant extracts using oil infusion and local wine tincture being used by the locals and traditional healers.
The present study showed that educated people went on first visit to the traditional healer while uneducated in their second visit went to the traditional healers.
The prevalence of traditional healers and their methodology should be studied with empathy and respect in order to better understand the cultural and religious expectations of CESI patients and their families, and how to meet their needs better.
Since then more than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers have been arrested in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.
Therefore, to a certain extent, the intercultural health initiatives developed during the 1980s and 1990s could be said to be a continuation of previously developed actions, although with slightly different objectives: while the initiatives developed between 1920 and 1970 aimed to reduce morbidity and mortality through the expansion of biomedicine--through traditional healers or nonmedical personnel--the new actions sought to improve the quality of relationship and generate mutual respect between health professionals and indigenous people.
It is clear from the above mentioned cases treated by folk healers that a significant part of Jordanian rural people still refer to traditional healers to seek treatment for several health problems, despite the fact that Jordan has recently witnessed a remarkable development in the medical sector.
For this reason, the traditional healer, who is a community member, is the preferred health-care provider.
For instance a traditional healer may present statistics on the number of patients he has healed and also use such patients' testimonies to appeal to his/her target market.
While some traditional healers undergo training through an apprenticeship, many are without any formal or recognized training (10).
And businesspeople, politicians, civil and public servants, as well as students--all will approach the traditional healer for help to succeed in their various undertakings.
The dependence on traditional healers occurs in spite of there being no specifically standardized training program and no oversight.

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