Traditional African medicine: theory and pharmacology explored.

Abstract:

:Traditional African medicine (TAM) is a shorthand reference to indigenous forms of healing that are practiced all over Africa. Although TAM is based on the accumulated experience of ancient Africans, its mode of transmission by word-of-mouth has hindered emergence of a generally accepted theory and hence of the systematic development of TAM as a self-regulating profession. A major therapeutic objective in the treatment of illness in TAM is diffusion of emotional stress. This article summarizes the argument for such a therapy, and suggests that TAM is a distinct system of health care and not a rudimentary form of modern Western medicine.

journal_name

Trends Pharmacol Sci

authors

Okpako DT

doi

10.1016/s0165-6147(99)01406-6

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1999-12-01 00:00:00

pages

482-5

issue

12

eissn

0165-6147

issn

1873-3735

pii

S0165-6147(99)01406-6

journal_volume

20

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