Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 1717–1728 | Cite as

Similarities and Differences Between Yoruba Traditional Healers (YTH) and Native American and Canadian Healers (NACH)

  • Mary Olufunmilayo Adekson
Original Paper


Indigenous people of the world have used the services of medicine men and traditional healers from time immemorial. According to the World Health Organization, 80 % of the world’s populations consult traditional healers. With an emerging globalization of health services in the world, there is a need for western mental health practitioners to learn and understand the practices of indigenous healers across the globe. This paper will not only highlight the similarities and differences between Yoruba traditional healers of Western Nigeria and Native American and First Nation Canadian traditional healers, but it will also allow practitioners to gain clearer perspectives of indigenous clients from Yoruba land and those from the United States of America and Canada. This ultimately will inform culturally sensitive clinical practice with these populations.


Traditional healers Traditional medicine Culture Herbalists Diviners Medicine men 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Counselor Education DepartmentSt. Bonaventure UniversitySt. BonaventureUSA

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