successfully supervised the administration of herbs.
he use of herbal medicines at our research centers for clinical evaluation has proved to be successful by and large. We expect
it to work,” said Peter Arhin, director of
traditional and alternative medicine at the Ministry of Health.Slater, despite her adherence to tradition, is not against the integration; she believes
it protects people from the harms of orthodox medicine. “It‟s good if we work
hand in hand. Western medicine becomes drug abuse. People become addicted, and it
won‟t work anymore, so when that happens, you refer them to an herbalist,” she said.
Yet many believe the opposite: herbal medicine can be dangerous due to
untrained, unregulated herbalists such as Slater. “We don‟t know the active ingredient,we don‟t know any side effects, or dosages. It makes it difficult for us to prescribe,” said
Obeng Apori, a medical doctor in the public sector.Ivy Deku, 33, a member of a Christian women f
ellowship group, agreed. “Iwouldn‟t go to a herbal healer, even if she was Christian, because I don‟t kn
ow what is init. If I want to use herbal medicine, I will find out what herbs they use, and cook itmyself. I will go to an herbal hospital, but I will not go to others. Christians who go toherbal healers who use spirituality
are not believers,” she said
while shaking her head atthe thought. Not all herbalists use spirituality, but because the majority do, Deku regardsthem with suspicion.Deku, in the popular manner of most Christians, is against spiritual herbalistswho often utilize sacrificing rituals, summoning of spirits, and various animal or human parts. Though Christians appreciate the medicinal benefits of herbs, they often consider the spiritual methods to be satanic.
“Why should somebody bring a chicken, slaughter it,