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Traditional Healing Systems

2.0 Contact Hours / 0.20 AOTA CEUs
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to discuss major forms of global traditional healing systems including Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, Native American healing, South African healing, curanderismo, and Central and South American healing traditions.
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Traditional medicine has a rich and extensive history dating back thousands of years. Used by the majority of the world's population, traditional healing systems include a diverse collection of philosophies, practices, spiritual and manual therapies, incorporating plant, animal, and/or mineral-based medicines. Most often used by indigenous persons determined to preserve, develop, and transmit their knowledge to future generations, traditional medicine is increasingly popular due to its accessibility and affordability, its holistic focus, and its emphasis on community and cultural values.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the role of traditional medicine in today's healthcare environment
  • Describe the major elements of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Explain the key characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).
  • Discuss the major healing philosophies of Native American healing.
  • Describe the focus of South African healing traditions.
  • Explain the major elements of curanderismo.
  • Identify the role of peyote in Central and South American healing.

Traditional medicine (TM) has a long and rich history. TM refers to healing systems that have been used by various ethnic populations and countries for thousands of years—long before the arrival of allopathic, or contemporary, Western medicine. TM evolves from the specific and unique characteristics of the culture, history, philosophy, and availability of resources in different parts of the world. Today, approximately 65% to 85% of the world’s population relies on traditional medicine as their primary form of health care (Center for Health and Healing, 2013; World Health Organization [WHO], 2001).

According to the WHO (2013), TM is defined as the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not. TM is used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness. Globally, traditional medicine (TM) is either the mainstay of health care delivery for billions of people, or it serves as a complement to it. In some countries, TM or non-conventional medicine may also be called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (WHO, 2013).

According to the WHO (2001), traditional medicine and the incredibly diverse range of practices it encompasses makes it difficult to describe, especially in a global context. Often, the extensive knowledge of traditional medicine practitioners is passed down orally from generation to generation, it can be located within families specializing in specific treatments, or it can be taught in officially recognized universities. It can be very restricted (geographically), or it can be found in diverse regions of the world. Most commonly, a medical system is called “traditional” when it is practiced within the country of origin.

Traditional indigenous healing is becoming increasingly popular due to the global as well as national focus on New Age, holistic, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In addition, the appeal and use of traditional and CAM medicine has increased in the past several decades because it is more accessible, more affordable, more closely aligned with the patient’s ideology, and less paternalistic than allopathic medicine. For many millions of people (especially in developing countries), herbal medicines, traditional treatments, and traditional healers are the only source of care to which they have access. For example, in Africa, the ratio of traditional healers to population is 1:500 whereas the ration of medical doctors to population is 1:40,000 (WHO, 2013). TM care is often available close to home (since travel can be difficult and often dangerous in many countries, and it is culturally acceptable and trusted (WHO, 2001; WHO, 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

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Content Focus:

Foundational Knowledge

Course Expires:

December 15, 2026

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
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Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.