Essay On Traditional Healing

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Introduction

Mental illness

Mental illness or mental disorder is a significantly deviant thoughts, emotions, cognitions and behaviors which interferes significantly with an individual's functioning in personal, cognitive, emotional, family, social, and vocational areas.

Mental health

According to WHO, Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection and restoration of
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The traditional treatment methods have reported in treatment of physical ailments it looks at both dimension of physical and mental health of human body it has distinguished body and mind (Alter, 1999).it focus on soul of as it connects body and mind.

Traditional healing and mental illness

Many of positive domains of traditional healing have been found in relief of mental illness. These traditional methods have been described in their documents and teachings for the treatment of mental illness (Daniel, 2004). Ayurveda, unani, homeopathy has given acknowledgement to mental illness in treatment in the form of dropping of medicated oil(dhara ) on the ill persons head ,oil bath and the application of various herbal formulation on the head (De Sousa, 1984).therefore many healing forms of traditional treatment are available in mental

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