Traditional Healing and Traditional Healers - Do They Real Work?
Have they got the powers and the knowledge they are reputed to have? These are the questions that often linger in people’s minds.
To get your answers, you do not need to go far in history. Modern medicine in Africa is hardly sixty or so years old. Modern medicine came with the missionaries to Africa. But did they find people in the countries to which they went? That is the question. Was there diseases in these places? Of course there was. How come there existed these terrible diseases but they did not finish off these unprotected, hapless communities? Well, the truth is, these communities have always been and are still being protected by traditional medicine and traditional healers within their communities.
Most of the diseases that do exist today have existed for a life time. Look at malaria. It is a major killer. But, why did it not decimate communities before the coming of modern treatment. The answer is very simple, there was treatment. In Southern Sudan we have had a very bitter herb that we locally call “ebombo”. This herb is still in use hitherto in the treatment of malaria. And without a doubt, it does a very great job. It does a great job, because thousands and thousands of people are still incapable of reaching modern clinics and modern treatment and use it. These people get cured from malaria.
Traditional healers have also been known to foretell, foresee and forewarn people of impending dangers. My grand father who was a renowned traditional healer once warned a man in our village in the Numba mountains of Southern Sudan, not to use a certain route while going home. True to human nature, the man ignored the warnings. Regrettably, the man was attacked and killed by his enemies. My grand father could see the impending danger. The old man could not and did not believe my grand father.
Traditional healers have that holistic ability to understand the body – mind relationship. They offer treatment, they are psychologists and psychics all in one. When sick, they have the knowledge of the herbs to nurse you back to health. If you have unexplainable problems, they have the capacity to see the paranormal. They also have the capability to foresee impeding dangers and offer solutions.
Source by Salva Kenyi