1. WITCH DOCTOR:
“A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft. The term witch doctor is sometimes used to refer to healers, particularly in third world regions, who use traditional healing rather than contemporary medicine. In contemporary society, “witch doctor” is sometimes used derisively to refer to homeopaths and faith healers.
In its original meaning, witch doctors were emphatically not witches themselves, but rather people who had remedies to protect others against witchcraft. Witchcraft-induced conditions were their area of expertise…”
2. NATIVE DOCTOR:
“A native doctor is “a man supposed to have supernatural powers of curing disease and controlling spirits.”
👉A medicine man or medicine woman is a traditional healer and spiritual leader who serves a community of Indigenous people.”
Tr“What Is The Difference Between Herbalist, Native Doctor &ado-medical Persons?
+ An herbalist uses plants and other natural substances to improve health, promote healing, and prevent and treat illness. Herbal medicine, also called herbal ism, botanical medicine, or phytomedicine, has been used for thousands of years.
+ A native doctor is “a man supposed to have supernatural powers of curing disease and controlling spirits.”
+ A medicine man or medicine woman is a traditional healer and spiritual leader who serves a community of Indigenous people. Individual cultures have their own names, in their respective Indigenous languages, for the spiritual healers and ceremonial leaders in their particular cultures.
Herbs for life or death?: ‘Herbal medicine is neither dangerous nor fetish’
Dr. Banji Filani of Sound Health Center spoke on the safety of herbal concoctions.
👉“Herbal medicine is neither dangerous nor fetish. The problem with people is that anything traditional is attributed to fetishism.
They use it in China and bring it here; we don’t question that (examples are Tianshi and Tasly Kasly products), but because it is ours, people think it goes with fetish power.
…I was brought up a Christian, I know nothing about incantations.
👉Take for instance, bitter leaf. Many don’t know that it has the power to treat some ailments. Bitter leaf can cure diabetes and cleanse the blood. You don’t need to chant any incantation for it to work.
The same goes for other herbs. It is only that most times you have to put two or more together for them to work effectively.
👉Another example is the mango tree. Nothing is useless in a mango tree; even the mistletoe you find on it is for curing hypertension.
Everything is not a matter of using herb; we can easily tell you what to eat and what not to eat (diet and nutrition) and that alone may be the cure of ailments….
I only believe in treating with natural herbs, not attaching anything spiritual to it.
👉Another example is the common maize we eat. The botanical name is sea maize. Those string-like things that come out with corn that many people remove while eating the maize has curative content to treat hypertension, diabetes and even oedema.
Therefore is no incantation needed in herbal practice. One only needs to know what and what to put together. Herbal practice is simply the use of herbs for treatment. Nothing more, nothing less. Herbal medicines, also called botanical medicines or phytomedicines, refer to herbs, herbal materials, herbal preparations and finished herbal products that contain parts of plants or other plant materials as active ingredients.
The plant materials include seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers.
👉Many drugs used in conventional medicine were originally derived from plants.
Salicylic acid is a precursor of aspirin that was originally derived from white willow bark and the meadowsweet plant (Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim.
Quinine and Artemesinin are anti-malarial drugs derived from Cinchona pubescence Vahl bark and Artemisia annua L. plant, respectively.
Vincristine is an anticancer drug derived from periwinkle (Cantharnthus rosues Linn. G. Donn).
Morphine, codeine, and paregoric, derived from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L.) are used in the treatment of diarrhoea and pain.
Digitalis is a cardiac glycoside derived from foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea L.) an herb in use since 1775.”
👉On those who suffered bad fate in the use of herbs: “They are just unlucky. It is either they took an overdose, a wrong prescription or an expired mixture.
There are fake traditional doctors just as we have fake orthodox doctors. Nigerians should beware so as not to fall into wrong hands. Practitioners who have good reputations would never want to do anything that will tarnish their names and good records.
It is risky to patronize unknown practitioners who may not be reachable should there be any negative development on the drugs you have been given.
If you go to a hospital and a negative development emerges, I am sure you will go back to complain. But if you have gone through some prescriptions by some unidentifiable personnel, you will be blamed by all and you will blame yourself for whatever happens. The same rule is applicable to us.”
3. MEDICAL DOCTOR:
“A medical doctor (also called a physician in ancient times) is a person who uses medicine to treat illness and injuries. Doctors are trained in medical schools which are usually part of a university. They usually hold a college degree in medicine.
Doctors work in hospitals, medical clinics, from their own offices, or may even visit people in their homes. They may also work for schools, companies, sports teams, or the military. Medical doctors are often assisted in their work by nurses.
+ Some important quote about DOCTOR are
Our profession is the only one which works unceasingly to annihilate itself.
The best doctor is the one you run to and can’t find.
My doctor is wonderful. Once when I couldn’t afford an operation, he touched up the X-rays.
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.
My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I’m ashamed of what I think of doctors in general.
• Some medical doctors only work on certain diseases or injuries, or may only work on one part of the human body. These doctors are called specialists.
👉For example, there are doctors who specialize in diseases of the stomach or intestines.
Other medical doctors are “general practitioners” or “family practitioners”. This means that they do a little bit of everything. The general practitioner the first doctor a patient will see, and this doctor may decide to send them to a specialist doctor if needed.
+ Some types of specialists are:
Anesthesiologist, a doctor who gives anesthesia to patients
Dentist, also known in the US as a dental surgeon, is a surgeon who specializes in dentistry — the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity.
Ophthalmologist, a doctor who specializes in treating eyes
Podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in treating feet
Psychiatrist, a doctor who specializes in psychiatry, and treats people with mental illness. Psychiatrists can prescribe psychiatric medication.
Surgeon, a doctor who performs surgery
>Pediatrician, a child specialist who also knew about everything such as elderly health , mental illness ,eye problems etc.,
All doctors are called to do one thing, to save lives; Be it witch doctors, native doctors or medical doctors we all should use them as or when needed. Those who are sick have need of a doctor. Don’t let faith or religious belief rob you of your health and life. Feel free to consult a witch, native or medical doctor who can treat, cure or heal you when you are sick.
The sick need a doctor and healing, not prayer and fasting. Many lives have gone before their time because of silly religious teaching of faith against witch, native and medical doctors. If that God can’t prevent you from being sick, what made you think it can heal you? If your God can’t prevent your loved ones for falling sick and admitted in a hospital/click, stop wasting your time in prayer for them there; Let the doctors do their job and save their lives.
Africans, let us value ourselves and our heritage especially in this area of doctors. Our doctors are not witches nor evil men although there’re some bad ones among them just as there’re some quack/fake medical doctors.