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Section 21 - Non-Profit Association
Registration Nr: 2006/005719/08

The Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa (EPASA) was established in 1987, in order to promote, enhance and unify the practice of ethnomedicine in South Africa.

in accordance with the
TRADITIONAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ACT, 2007 (ACT 22, 2007)


SOUTH A FRICAN NATIONAL TRADITIONAL HEALERS FORUM
NEXT MEETING

January 2014

EPASA 2014 NEWSLETTER

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WHAT IS EPASA?

EPASA stands for Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa and is a non-profit federal body which accredits and controls the ethnomedical practice. It's members are responsible for caring for public health in all spheres.

HISTORY OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE

African Traditional Medicine is a mainstay of primary health care for the majority in Africa. About 80% of the population has relied on resources within their environment to survive since God's creation.

Plants, minerals and animals constitute the major natural resources ever used by mankind for preventative, curative and rehabilitative health in Africa. Like any other continent, these resources have been used for over ten thousand years by traditional health practitioners (THP's), who acquired their knowledge and skills through observation, spiritual revelation, personal experience, training and direct information from their predecessors.

THE ROLE OF EMERGED SCIENTIFIC
TRADITIONAL MEDICINE SYSTEM:
" ETHNOMEDICINE "

What is Ethnomedicine Science? Ethnomedicine is a multi-disciplinary field of study that draws on approaches and methods from both the social and biological sciences, culturally based biological and environmental knowledge, cultural perception and cognition of the natural world, associated behaviours and practices, concerned with the cultural interpretations of health, disease and illness, and also addresses the health care seeking process and healing practices. It is a study of cultural concepts of health, disease and illness, and of the nature of healing systems.

Ethnomedicine has turned it's attention to laboratory research, which has been made possible by the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO). In fact, the traditional medicine programme of the WHO was precisely thought of as an answer to renewed interest for population therapies and remedies, in view of possible identification and utilisation within national health services.

 



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The Draft Policy on Traditional Healing was Gazetted on 21 July 2008,
Both documents are available on the EPASA website.


DOWNLOAD DOCUMENTS

Ethnomedicine on Allied Health Professions Council website

DRAFT POLICY ON AFRICAN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE FOR SOUTH AFRICA
No 31271: Notice 78 of 25 July 2008

TRADITIONAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ACT, 1007 (ACT 22, 2007)

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