Herbalism, divination, and spiritualism often combine in traditional African medicine, perhaps the oldest and most varied therapeutic system in the world. This holistic health care system has many practitioners and followers and despite its decline for a period of time, traditional African medicine has resurged across the continent in recent years.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it has been estimated that “about 80% of the population in developing countries depends on traditional medicine for their Primary Health Care (PHC) needs.” What is presently known as ‘conventional medicine’ has its origins in the West.
N’anga (spiritual healer or herbalist) of the Shona people. Great Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe. (CC BY SA 3.0 )