Category: Inyanga medicine
An inyanga is a practitioner of traditional African medicine in South Africa. Izinyanga use a variety of tools in the practice of their trade, such as herbal medicines, ceremonies, and traditional magic. They may be male or female, and receive training through apprenticeship with experienced providers.
What is different between sangoma and inyanga?
What are the examples of traditional medicine?
How people are trained to become a sangoma or an inyanga
Not everyone can become a sangoma or inyanga. Healers believe that they are called by the ancestors to take on this important and respected position in society. Traditional healers speak of a sudden unexplained illness they had or they heard voices and saw visions. Many also talk about very bad headaches that would not go away. Their illnesses would not go away until they listened to the ancestors and went to train as a sangoma or an inyanga.
What is traditional African medicine?
Traditional African medicine involves the use of herbal concoctions and traditional rituals to treat a patient. There are two main types of traditional healers in South Africa – the sangoma and the inyanga. Sangomas generally rely on rituals and traditional practices to treat a patient’s ailments while an inyanga uses parts of plants (herbs) and animal parts for therapeutic purposes. Both types of traditional healers may employ some methods of divination to diagnose the patient and decide upon the most appropriate course of treatment.
Traditional African Medicine – ‘Muti’, Sangoma, Inyanga
Traditional African medicine in South Africa has made great strides in the past few years. Now that traditional African healers are accepted as informal health care workers, there is talk of consultations and medicines being paid for by medical aids in South Africa sometime in the future.
Inyanga medicine An inyanga is a practitioner of traditional African medicine in South Africa. Izinyanga use a variety of tools in the practice of their trade, such as herbal medicines, ceremonies,…