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Holistic Healing: An Analytical Review of Medicine-men in African Societies

PM Mumo


Since the advent of modernity and Christianity in Africa, indigenous African holistic healing, and especially its psychological aspect, has been given negative publicity. This article examines ways in which African traditional medicine men made and continue to make a significant contribution to healing in their societies. It argues that due to the numerous challenges in contemporary African societies, there is need for  a pragmatic approach, in which all innovations that can alleviate human suffering are taken on board and encouraged as long as they do not compromise people’s health.


Key words

Holistic healing, African traditional medicine, medicine-men, religious specialists