Traditional Healers And Its Impact On Society Essay

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In the Anishinaabe community, community is principal. Traditional healers are validated by the community, not by themselves. This contrasts with the notion that medical doctors in Western medicine are validated by education and certificates rather than the community. Traditional healers are typically sought out and receive status from experience in the community, and medicine men that are seen as questionable are well known. Traditional practitioners have a holistic approach to medicine and take into account the person’s body, spirituality and actions as well as the actions of their family members. For example, a man sought treatment from a medicine man for a recurring rash on his child when it was revealed to him that this was a consequence of him mistreating a snake when he was a child (Garro 438). Things that are unseen are seen with the same importance as things that can be physically seen. Conversely, the specific organ system that is being affected by an illness is what is evaluated for treatment in Western medicine, and tests and images are completed to physically measure and evaluate the amount of damage the illness causes to the physical body. Although traditional and Western medicine have differences, it is possible for them to be integrated in order for patients on the reservation to receive care. Marion Maar, a medical anthropologist and associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, studied how the Noojmowin Teg Health Centre in Manitoulin
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