Traditional African medicine is a range of traditional medicine disciplines involving indigenous herbalism and African spirituality , typically including diviners , midwives, and herbalists. Practitioners of traditional African medicine claim to be able to cure a variety of diverse conditions including cancer, psychiatric disorders, high blood pressure, cholera , most venereal diseases, epilepsy , asthma , eczema , fever, anxiety, depression, benign prostatic hyperplasia , urinary tract infections, gout, and healing of wounds and burns and even Ebola. Diagnosis is reached through spiritual means and a treatment is prescribed, usually consisting of a herbal remedy that is considered to have not only healing abilities but also symbolic and spiritual significance. Traditional African medicine, with its belief that illness is not derived from chance occurrences, but through spiritual or social imbalance, differs greatly from modern scientific medicine , which is technically and analytically based. In the 21st century, modern pharmaceuticals and medical procedures remain inaccessible to large numbers of African people due to their relatively high cost and concentration of health facilities in urban centres. Traditional medicine was the dominant medical system for millions of people in Africa prior the arrival of the Europeans who introduced science-based medicine, which was a noticeable turning point in the history of this tradition and culture.
The Chiropractic Controversies
Alternative Therapies Group (ATG): MA Registered Marijuana Dispensary
Most of these treatments are low risk and have the potential to be helpful. Some, however, carry a level of risk—and still others are known to be dangerous. According to some sources, well over half of children with autism receive some form of complementary or alternative treatment. It can be difficult to make a smart decision about which alternative treatments to try because every individual with autism is different. The treatment that may be useful for one individual may actually increase symptoms in another individual. Before starting any alternative or complementary therapy, it's wise to consult a physician to be sure the therapy is safe and has the potential to be helpful. It's also very important to set goals and record outcomes to avoid the possibility of seeing improvement as a result of wishful thinking the placebo effect.
Why people use herbal medicine: insights from a focus-group study in Germany
A case study of two cousins with Fabry disease who started producing high levels of neutralizing antibodies after enzyme replacement therapy ERT highlight the need for alternative therapies. ERTs are therapies in which patients are given an artificial enzyme to replenish the levels of the enzyme they are missing. In the case of Fabry disease, currently available ERTs are designed to increase the levels of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase A , which is responsible for breaking down a fatty molecule called globotriaosylceramide Gb3. By increasing the levels of alpha-galactosidase A and preventing the accumulation of Gb3 in different tissues and organs, ERTs aim to alleviate the symptoms of Fabry and slow its progression. In some patients with Fabry, ERTs have been shown to stabilize the progression of kidney and heart disease, and to alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, and vomiting.
Application to Nursing Practice The study is limited in generalizability but could be used by future researchers and practitioners as a discussion point for potential problems encountered during hospice care. Practitioners caring for the patient can initiate discussion and education about the hospice process, which may result in decreased concerns from the patient and their family. Primary care doctor intervention may be especially important for out patient hospice care to be successful.