jueves, 14 de febrero de 2008

Alternative medicine in Africa and Colombia

Complementary medicine in Colombia and Africa began because of the need to meet the needs of people who could not be treated in health centers.

In Africa people think that, for instance diabetes is not a disease, they think that it is their
fault for a debt for something no paid or that they did something wrong to someone else and that’s why they get sick. In Africa it is believed that the absence of a cure for this disease is normal

In Africa women can take care of their skin and hair thanks to almond tree of Karité, provides a lard which, when applied on the face returns elasticity to the skin, as well as hydrate the layers most exposed in there hair. The lard can be applied as "bath cream." By itself restores in the deep capillary structure, giving brightness, smoothness and volume. It also protects the epidermis, is an excellent barrier against cold, wind and dryness.
The epidermis which is close to the nose irritated by allergies and colds can be treated with Karité Butter.

In Colombia this science sought to integrate all other since traditional medicine to allopathic introducing acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, flower therapy, among others, with the end of giving a better life using the different methods that the Indian tribes in Colombia used with there herbs for example “el Toronjil” that is used to lower the nerves like the water of mazanilla.

Written by: Andrea Marcela Rojas Correa


The medicine in Africa is very traditional, because its related with yours culture, its religion and its customs. In most of the African tribes the healers are also the leaders and priests.
The popular remedies in Africa are based on vegetables, animals, minerals, spiritual therapies and manual exercises. The most widely used remedies in Africa are the facts based on traditional plants, for Example for the digestive problems the African take herbs from Olkiloriti, for the headaches take herbs of Skullcap, and for the respiratory problems take herbs from Mullein and Elecampane; these remedies done with herbs must go accompanied of spiritual baths, a symbolic sacrifice, songs and dance done by the healers.

If we comparated the African culture with Colombian culture, there isn`t much difference. The Colombian natives also use popular remedies made with own herbs of the country to cure the diseases. The most important difference between the Colombian culture and African culture is that in Colombia isn`t as common use of remedies popular because of the people who have access to medicine today, on the other hand the people in Africa do not have easy access to medicine today because of poverty in the country.


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My name is Laura Alvarez; I`m 18 years, I`m from Bogota and I live with my Mom and my Brother.
In this moment I`m study medicine at L a Sabana University, I`m in third semester.
In my free time, I absolutely love going to bars or giong to cinema with my friens because it`s very funny, in addition I like to share witth my family on the weekend. In the other hand, I really hate getting up early on the weekend and, I don`t like cooking.

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Personal Profile

My name is Andrea Rojas; I was born on the first of October first of 1986 in Bogotá Colombia, I live with my mom and dad, I have two brothers named Dario and Giovanni and also a nephew named Santiago, he is two years old. My house has three bedrooms but there is only one private bathroom and there is a studio. There isn’t a garden but the top floor has a private terrace.

I live in the capital of Colombia, which is a very interesting country, with lots of things to see. I live in Bogotá, in the center. Bogotá is also a big city with lots of shops and beautiful museums. Cartagena, Santa Marta, Barranquilla and Gujira are in the north of the country and there are some very nice beaches. There are volcanos and snow-coverd mountains in the center and in the east there is livestock farming and agriculture. We have also jungles and forests in the south.

I go to the University of La Sabana in Chía where I study medicine because I like to help people. The things I don’t like are waking up early and eat vegetables and go out when it’s raining.
I like goto movies and out to eat with my boyfriend Randy, he is twenty-five years old and he is from the United States but lives here in Colombia with his dad, we have been together for three years and eleven months.

Written by: Andrea Marcela Rojas Correa.

AFRICA: Alternative Medicine

The traditional medicines herbal are assuming a important role in the primary care of the health of individuals and communities.

It is difficult to separate the African medicine of the African religion. The traditional healers use scientific knowledge, in addition scientific medicines are obtained principally of the plants.


Orunmila's educations the People Yoruba centre on the prophecy, the prayer(sentence), the dance, symbolic gestures, the personal and community overcoming, the spiritual baths, the meditation.

The work of the Oloogun (healer) is to help the patient to overcome the opposite forces that break his health. To fight in favour of the overcoming and purification of the nature humanizes, they are seen constant in fight by the devilish beings, destructive forces of the nature that try to destroy the human being.

Obatala: Skullcap, Salvia, Nut, albahaca, Hyssop, vervain, White willow, valerian.

All the herbs

Oshun: Burdock, Cinnamon, damiana, Anise, Raspberry, chamomile, Lotus, buchu, Myrrh, Echinacea. The Oloogun (doctor) who practices the Yoruba medicine, besides analyzing the symptoms of the patient, looks for the emotional and spiritual reasons of the disease to appease the negative forces.

Laura Valencia
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A little of my life...!!


My name is Laura Valencia I was born On August 30, 1988 in Amalfi (Antioquia). For 7 years I lived in the town and when I was 7 years old I went to Bogotá to live with my mom and my stepfather.

In 1996 my sister Maria Camila was born who nowadays have 11 years. My mother is a housewife and my father is a veterinary. I live with my parents and sister in Bogotá and the rest of the family lives in Medellin. In 2005 finished my high school in the Agustiniano School and in 2006 a pre-doctor realize in the university La Sabana.

I absolutely love go out with my friends and boyfriend to parties and I am a real party animal always. In my free time I quite like meeting friends in differents places. But I don’t like getting up early at the weekends so I usually stay in bed late sometimes until about 10:00am.

Nowadays I study the third semester of medicine in this university and I am very happy.

Laura Valencia
Group 10



To begin with the comparission between alternative medicine in Africa and Colombia. We can start by their similarities. Africa is a pioners in alternative medicine on the world. Since ancient times Africa has used medicine join with religion or mystic (wizards or chamans). This is very similar to Colombia. In the prehispanic age, Colombian tribes used to practice medicine using religion as a "divine path" to cure the sikness people.

No matter how long has been past since the begining of altenative medicine in both countries, nowadays religion and popular believes have more credibility than tradicional medicine (doctors, nurses, especialist, ect). it is very comun to find in Colombia the "curandero" and in Africa the "chamans" they do the same, they belive that plants have special and supernatural properties that heal the sickness or the disease.


Hi! my name is Julieth Villamizar, I am 19 years old, I am from Bogotá, Colombia.
Actually I am coursing third semester of Medicine at Universidad de La Sabana. I really like my university, because I have a lot of friends there, and also is near to my house and more over, because there I found my passion for Medicine.

I am the third one of four brother that we are. I live with my Mom and with my Dad, but he is always traveling. I have been living in Chia for three years, but the rest of my family live in Bogotá, that´s why I always go on saturdays to Bogotá to visit my family there.