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Title: Ghanaian Indigenous Health Practices: The Use of Herbs
Authors: Darko, Isaac N.
Advisor: Wane, Njoki
Department: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education
Keywords: Ghana
Herbal Medicine
Herbal Healing
Indigenous medicine
Traditional medicine
Indigenous health practices
Alternative medicine
African medicine
orthodox and traditional medicine
spirituality
Ghanaian Indigenous spirituality
Traditional healing
Mampong center for scientific research into plant medicine
Plant healing
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: Herbal medicines remain integral part of indigenous health care system in Ghana. Most conventional health medicines are directly or indirectly derived from plants or herbs. Despite its significant role in modern medicine indigenous herbal practices has been on the low light for some time due to perceived antagonistic relationship that exists between practitioners of herbal medicine and their counterpart in the conventional system. Using an indigenous knowledge discursive framework, the thesis examined the relevance of herbal medicine to the contemporary Ghanaian society. The thesis also examined the tension between the indigenous herbal practitioners and their orthodox counterparts. The thesis noted that for health care system in Ghana to be effective, there is a need for collaborate relations between these two practitioners. Also, it was noted that for health care system to be effective in Ghana, spirituality has to be central in the works of the herbal practitioners.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18072
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Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education - Master theses

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