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North traditional healer believes African medicine is the answer

Some of these products are developed from the “ancient knowledge of medicinal plants and promotes fertility.”

A Soshanguve traditional healer Maseko believes the natural ingredients used in African medicine is a solution to healing many illnesses in South Africa and abroad.

Phephsile Maseko is an entrepreneur and traditional healer who created the Phepisa natural resource institute with the purpose of using African traditional medicine to create health and wellness products and hair care for all ethnic skin types in Africa.

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She is also a national coordinator of the traditional healers organisation (THO).

“I realized my dream of using naturally inspired products and African traditional medicine after gaining a sound understanding of traditional medicine and practising as a healer,” she said.

She says indigenous knowledge, in the form of traditional medicines and practices, has for some time been acknowledged for its value to public healthcare.

“Phepisa” is a Swati word meaning “to heal”.

She says natural herbs promote good health and wellness.

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The indigenous herbs include plants and herbs such as flowers, oils and animal products.

“Many people suffer from conditions such as eczema and high blood pressure,” she said.

“These conditions can be treated by natural products that reduce blood pressure symptoms as well as protect the skin from dryness that may cause eczema to develop.”

Some of these products are developed from the “ancient knowledge of medicinal plants and promotes fertility”, she said.

She said these natural products were available through various agents across Soshanguve, Winterveldt, and Mabopane.

Maseko warned residents to be cautious as some of the healers were only out to make a quick buck, selling “good luck” and “love” muti.

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All medicines are plant and animal-based, says Maseko.

She says traditional healers are not allowed to use human parts in their medicine.

According to their code of ethics, muti killings and body parts trafficking is forbidden; along with any sexual contact with patients, the non-referral of patients to doctors when necessary, or deliberately misrepresenting their abilities.

“The ethical responsibility is the greatest demand placed on each traditional healer,” reads the code.

Any breaches are treated as professional misconduct and are punishable by the THO disciplinary committee.

Unfortunately, most of the complaints are against “quack” doctors who are not affiliated with any association.

Phepisa is just not a name, but a revolution envisioned to providing health and safety,” she said.

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