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Gambian Traditional Medicine and Healing

Gambian Traditional Medicine and Healing

In The Gambia, traditional medicine is as much a part of life as is farming. Many people rely on it more than they rely on Western remedies. When possible, Western medicine is used in conjunction with traditional medicines to heal the sick.

The use of traditional remedies is not restricted to particular doctors or healers. Most older Gambians, particularly the leaders elders of a community, know how to use certain plants or herbs to facilitate good health. In fact, traditional remedies are usually the first recourse. The average citizen will visit one of the clinics that rely on Western medicine only after individual efforts using traditional remedies has not proven sufficient. Certain plant products can be purchased at the pharmacy; others are found in the bush.

Find out more about traditional Gambian medicine by visiting the Access Gambia website at

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  1. Bill Nelson

    Regrettably this reliance on “traditional medicine” is responsible for many deaths and badly healed injuries. Broken bones being pulled into place and bound up with a couple of sticks.
    Often these “treatments” cost families much more than hospital treatment would cost.
    Most marabouts are simply snake oil salesmen ripping off people.

    • PK Gambia

      Interesting. I posted the article because I saw several Facebook posts earlier today speaking very highly about “traditional medicine”. A quick bit of Googling and I came across this article. I hope people read your comment.


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