• Contemporary History of the Increasing Use of Traditional Medicine among the Asante of Ghana: A Focus on Afigya Kwabre South District

    Author(s):
    Samuel Adu-Gyamfi (see profile) , Sophia Obour Asante
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Public Humanities
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Medical Humanities, Health Social Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, social history
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/tjgg-p164
    Abstract:
    Using a qualitative method of research, the study investigated the increasing use of traditional medicine in Ghana, focusing on Afigya Kwabre South District. Traditional medicine has gone through various stages since time immemorial, especially with regard to how its patronage has evolved over time. The period ranges from the pre-colonial era, when it was the only source of remedy for the entire continent of Africa including Ghana, to the colonial period which marked another phase when European influence diverted the attention of Africans from the use of traditional medicine to orthodox. This suggests that traditional medicine is unorthodox (not normal) medicine, and thus the post-colonial era has witnessed emphases on medical pluralisation (concurrent use of traditional medicine and orthodox medicine). In the 21st century, traditional medicine practices have undergone several changes. The use of traditional medicine seems to be gaining traction in health care delivery in Ghana. This article addresses varied reasons that have accentuated these changes over time. Salient factors include demographics, economic status, patient-doctor interaction and other relevant causes.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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