The Healing Power of African-Based Folk Medicine

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Alyssa Guzik
September 13, 2023

Steeped in centuries of tradition and wisdom, African-based folk healing has forever held an irreplaceable position within our community's heart. It pulsates through the veins of our people, a sacred thread binding us together in healing and love.

There is beauty in the approach of African-based folk healing. Always holistic, it seeks to address all parts of an ailment. Before root workers began their rituals, they assessed a person physically, spiritually, and mentally. That level of care ensured complete healing.

As Western medicine has advanced, so has the idea that folk healing is dangerous and should be ignored or abandoned. But this mystical practice is a testament to our steadfast love for each other. It's these practices that have kept many communities healthy in the absence of accessible and affordable healthcare.

When modern medicine gets bogged down in the cogs of bureaucracy, it's often in the hands of healers and root workers that Black folks get help. Tinctures that have alleviated headaches for centuries and songs that were prayers given in benediction to ease anxieties are all ways our love of self, spirit, and community have lived on.

The hands that guide us possess immeasurable generational knowledge. They offer respite from physical ailments and guide lost souls to inner peace and harmony. Through ritualistic ceremonies under the watchful eye of deities long forgotten by others, African-based folk healing has become an unwavering beacon of light amidst the darkness. It is a love we can all participate in.