Indigenous healing practices and self-medication amongst pregnant women in Cape Town, South Africa.

@article{Abrahams2002IndigenousHP,
  title={Indigenous healing practices and self-medication amongst pregnant women in Cape Town, South Africa.},
  author={Naeemah Abrahams and Rachel Jewkes and Zodumo Mvo},
  journal={African journal of reproductive health},
  year={2002},
  volume={6 2},
  pages={79-86}
}
This study was conducted in and around Cape Town, South Africa, at two primary obstetric facilities and in the antenatal clinics of two secondary hospitals. Findings show that majority of the Xhosa speaking women follow indigenous healing practices for both themselves and their babies because of the need to "strengthen" the womb against sorcery, to prevent childhood illnesses, and to treat symptoms they perceive that biomedical services would not be able to treat. Self-medication with non… CONTINUE READING