PERCEPTIONS OF TRADITIONAL HEALERS ON THE
TREATMENT OF DIARRHOEA IN VHEMBE DISTRICT
MUNICIPALITY OF LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
Tshivhangwaho Austin Netshivhulana, Ndivhaleni Anox Masevhe,
Milingoni Peter Tshisikhawe and Amidou Samie
University of Venda, South Africa firstname.lastname@example.org
South Africa is one of the few nations that have made significant progress to integrate
traditional and complementary medicine into the legislative framework for health
practitioners. Traditional medicine, represented by approximately 190 000 traditional
health practitioners, has sustained the health of millions of South Africans over centuries.
Traditional medicine (TM) is an important and often underestimated part of
health services. In some countries, traditional medicine or non-conventional
medicine may be termed complementary medicine (CM). TM has a long
history of use in health maintenance and in disease prevention and treatment,
particularly for chronic disease.
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sustainable development and biodiversity conservation discourse.
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(Rio, 1992) has contributed to this process by requiring
signatories to: “respect, preserve and maintain knowledge,
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