Indigenous healing practices in Limpopo Province of South Africa: A qualitative study

T. Sodi*, P. Mudhovozi, T. Mashamba, M. Radzilani-Makatu, J. Takalani, Jabulani Mabunda

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The aim of the study was to investigate traditional healing practices among the Venda and Tsonga speaking people of Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study employed a qualitative design. Four traditional healers, selected through purposive sampling were asked to participate in the present study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants. Seven themes emerged from the narratives of the four participants. The seven themes identified are: a) the process of becoming a traditional healer; b) family and community reactions to the chosen career; c) patients treated; d) types of illnesses treated; e) diagnostic procedures used; f) treatment methods used; and, g) the notion of ethics by traditional healers. The study puts in perspective the ethical issues of competence, dealing with minor children and confidentiality. Some of the challenges associated with collaboration between traditional healing and the Western health care system are highlighted by the traditional healers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Indigenous healing practices
  • Limpopo Province and South Africa
  • Traditional healer
  • Traditional healing


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