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Conventional medicine has swept most Africans off their feet but one thing that may take forever to be effaced from their hearts is traditional medicine.
Traditional treatment could take the form of drinking herbs, rubbing concoctions into incisions on the body, and bathing with particular liquids or bathing in some sacred streams.
Those who go for such treatment administered by traditional healers have to live with them for days, weeks and even months.
Treatment sometimes costs livestock and money. At times, the patients lack these items and they have to settle their bills in kind. For example they will have to work on the healers farm, rear his livestock, and do some odd tasks in return.
There are established cases where women, young and old have gotten married to the healers as a form of settlement. How this starts or ends up is what puzzles me. Do these women consent or they are simply pushed to the wall? Visit some of those healing homes and you would find numerous wives and children.

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LauraB's picture

traditional medicine

Describing Cameroon's traditional medicine sounds that it is stripping many women of the resources and doing little towards healing. Yes? It's interesting because in the United States, with medications prescribed for every
ailment and a health care system in dire need of reform, some traditional medicines and alternatives provide a needed avenue of healing- acupuncture for one is something that's helped me.

Curious if you see any traditional medicine that is valuable?

Interesting topic!

Edithlum's picture

Of course!

Hi Laura, my article in no way talks against traditional medicine. I even state that the settlement of bills takes money and livestock meaning those involved are paying for services offered. Traditional medicine in Cameroon has a place that can not be disputed and so this is not a topic open to debate. The only trouble is that quacks have not been sifted.
Thanks for your reaction.

Edithlum

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