Indigenous Bone Setting in Ethiopia: in case on Addis Ababa University student


Indigenous Bone Setting in Ethiopia: in case on Addis Ababa University student


Kebede Lemu Bekelcha, Aregash Eticha Sefera, Shamil Husen, Yohannes Natnael Fisseha

Bule Hora University


Indigenous medicine is a total combination of knowledge and practices that can be formally explained or used in preventation and elimination of physical, mental or social imbalance and relying exclusively on practical experience and observation handed down from generation to generation whether verbally or in writing (Endalew,2007).
Most of the populations of the developing countries use indigenous medicine to meet their primary health care needs. Indigenous medicine is known in many countries of Africa to meet some of their primary health care. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses indigenous medicine.

Ethiopia is one part of African countries in which indigenous medicine has long history before the beginning of modern medicine. In Ethiopia, indigenous medicine is highly practiced and many Ethiopian societies depend on the use of indigenous medicine and indigenous healing systems to deal with their health practices.
It has been providing both preventative and curative services for Ethiopian peoples. Even today, as various studies have shown that about 90% of Ethiopian still depends on indigenous medicine. This indicate that the presence of two medical systems like indigenous and modern neither of them can adequately address the health care needs of the total population (Assefa,1986). But there is the reason why the majority of people still deep follow the services of indigenous medicine. It is because of accessibility of indigenous medicine compared to modern medicine and most of people have a limited chance of setting modern health care systems (Wondwossen, 2005).

In Ethiopia, indigenous medicine is not limited to rural areas, rather also has numerous roles in urban areas of the country, eg. Addis Ababa.

In Addis Ababa, there are many indigenous medicine services given by indigenous healers who are categorized into herbalists, Bone Setters, indigenous birth attendants, spiritual healers and magicians. Out of these, our focus of study is about Bone setting practices as part of indigenous healing systems.


Keywords: Indigenous Bone Setting

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Kebede Lemu Bekelcha, Aregash Eticha Sefera, Shamil Husen, Yohannes Natnael Fisseha.Indigenous bone setting in Ethiopia: in case on Addis Ababa University student.International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2021,6:35.


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