The attention on alternative medicine grows as people sick natural ways to alleviate health conditions that are by traditional medicines expensive to treat.
Depending on the culture of a person, the rituals for healing can be controversial and even dangerous. A good example of dangerous natural alternatives to medicine can be seen in the use of poaching Rhino horns to pound into powder for digestion among sickly people to help cure disease. This is a situation that now comes with a decade or more in jail if a poacher is caught butchering a Rhino or trading Rhino horns. In some African nations, scientist have resorted to poisoning the horns of Rhinos in case they are killed so the recipient of the infected horn harms them. You can learn all about these methods and more about the poaching of Rhinoceros horns in the article links at the end of this article.
Another major aspect of alternative medicine however is making use of witch doctors, who are actually not witches at all and in most cases use natural herbs and positive traditional prayer to help the ill and wounded with natural medical procedures short of operations and or hospitalization. They are the last resort before medicine must be consulted. Technically, if you choose natural herbs, vitamins and herbal teas for your children and believe in faith, your government can consider you as a "witch doctor." Odd isn't it? How many reading this article has partaking of not using cough medicine but sleep and maybe hot compresses as an example along with honey and herbal tea? These methods are not traditional medicinal procedures.
One online definition as to what a witch doctor was supposed to be is, "a healer who treated ailment believed to be caused by witchcraft." That definition alone is an example that being a witch doctor had nothing to do with doing witchery as many still believe. Even more, a witch doctor used what many ancestors used before all medical doctors began to include body parts of animals and chemicals to medicines as a way to help heal people. Today and ancient "Witch doctors" use plants, herbs and natural concoctions to help alleviate pain, mental health and illness caused by bacteria, viruses and other ill feeling conditions. Their choice for helping however is not based on devilish entities as being the cause of illness, generally. So what do you think? Are witch doctors safe?
© 2012 Sharon L. West- 2008-2012 MightyDreamer Publishing