Category Archives: Healing

Anthropology of Healing: An historical summary of medical anthropology

Throughout this historical tour of medical anthropology, a focus upon theory and practice with specific ethnographic examples demonstrates the variety of approaches that have constituted medical anthropological research over the years. Following the historical narrative, contemporary theoretical trends and controversies … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Healing, Health | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Anthropology of Healing: An historical summary of medical anthropology

Cultural Anthropology of Health and Healing

Three theoretical approaches exist in understanding human health. First, is the epidemiological or the ecological approach. This approach examines the way culture and the natural environment interact to create the patterns of which result in health and disease. The second … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Cultural anthropology, Healing, Health | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Cultural Anthropology of Health and Healing

Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine

Umhlonyane, also known as Artemisia afra, is one of the oldest and best-documented indigenous medicines in South Africa. This bush, which grows wild throughout the sub-Saharan region, smells and tastes like “medicine,” thus easily making its way into people’s lives … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Healing | Tagged , | Comments Off on Healing Roots: Anthropology in Life and Medicine