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Indigenous Treatments and Healers

Indigenous treatments and healers are found in many ancient ethnomedical systems and draw their extensive knowledge and therapeutic techniques from ancient native wisdom and healing traditions. Most have little formal medical education but believe they have received a divine gift to heal from the greater realms of medicine. Today, many depend on indigenous healers and treatments for their health, just as others rely on biomedical practitioners, pharmacists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and psychoanalysts. Indigenous healers–also known as lay folk healers, traditional healers, curanderos (in Latin America), and medicine men and women (in indigenous cultures)–treat physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health problems. In the Western world, indigenous treatments and healers have been shaped by a unique Native American worldview that equates good health with homeostasis and harmony ...

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