AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE WEEKAugust 31, 2020
African Traditional Medicine Day is about the celebration and recognition of African Traditional Medicine and the impact is as in society, recognised on 31 August 2020.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines African Traditional Medicine (ATM) as “the sum total of knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, that are used to maintain health, as well as to prevent, diagnose, improve or treat physical and mental illnesses”.
According to the South African Government Gazette, traditional medicine takes a holistic approach when healing. A holistic approach means that traditional medicine does not only heal the body but it is believed to also heal the soul.
Traditional Medicine (T M) has been the “go to” medication for those living in African countries for a long time before the introduction of orthodox medication. Traditional Medicine is about 80% of the African population’s first option because of its easy accessibility, affordability but mainly because the belief is that traditional medicine heals faster. Therefore, the impact traditional medicine has cannot be undermined.
The inclusion of traditional medicine in the healthcare system of South Africa has not yet been recognised because traditional medication uses have been poorly recorded.
African Traditional Medicine day is of significance to herbalists and doctors who use traditional medicine as they are recognised and appreciated for the work they do.
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