Traditional healing modalities in the provision of mental illness in Vhembe, Limpopo Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Matshidze, P. E.
dc.contributor.advisor Mashamba, T.
dc.contributor.advisor Netshandama, V. O.
dc.contributor.author Nevhudoli, Nyadzani Dolphus
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-06T06:27:59Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-06T06:27:59Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1136
dc.description MAAS
dc.description Centre for African Studies
dc.description.abstract The study sought to explore the use of traditional healing modalities in the provision of mental illness in the Vhembe district of Limpopo province. Traditional medicine has been used for thousands of years by indigenous people in South Africa and Africa as a whole, and demonstrated efficacy in treating a wide range of health issue. Many of the medicines in contemporary biomedical treatment are derived from plants and herbs used by indigenous people throughout the world. The objectives of the study were to describe the profile of the clients that visit the traditional healers, to explain traditional healers’ diagnostic strategies of mental illness, to explain the traditional healing treatment modalities in the treatment of various forms of mental illness and to discuss traditional healers’ prevention methods of mental illness. The study was guided by indigenous theory of health and illness as a theoretical framework, and for supporting the literature, a theory of African perspective theory was used. A qualitative research approach was used in order to have an in-depth understanding of the modalities of traditional healing in the provision of mental health care. Case study approach was used. Participants were selected purposively around Vhembe district in Limpopo province and snowball sampling technique was applied in order to identify and recruit relevant participants. The researcher conducted semi -structured interviews to gather the relevant data. Data analysis was based on the interpretative philosophy that aimed at examining meaning and symbolic content of qualitative data. Thematic analysis method was employed. The findings of the study confirmed that traditional healing is still widely used in the communities in the provision of mental illness and that there are a variety of diagnostic, treatment and prevention methods in the provision of mental illness. The findings also show that as much as there are challenges facing traditional healing in treatment of mental illness, there is a need to introduce their modalities in the healthcare system of South Africa, Africa and the whole world. Programs that aim to educate the communities about traditional healing modalities should also be established by the Department of Health and the relevant stakeholders such as traditional healers’ organizations. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xi, 95 leaves : color illustrations)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Traditional healing en_US
dc.subject Traditional healers en_US
dc.subject Mental illness en_US
dc.subject Mental health en_US
dc.subject Faith healers en_US
dc.subject Diviners en_US
dc.subject Herbalists en_US
dc.subject.ddc 615.50968257
dc.subject.lcsh Mental illness -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Mental health -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Traditional medicine -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Healers -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Herbalists -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Alternative medicine specialists -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Mental healing -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Healing gods -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Traditional healing modalities in the provision of mental illness in Vhembe, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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