Indigenous healing practices among rural elderly African Americans

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Elderly African Americans residing in rural areas have practiced and continue to practice indigenous healing practices for various reasons. In addition to the belief in the value of such practices, many of these individuals practice indigenous healing because it is cost effective. In this article information is presented on the history of research on indigenous healing practices, theories and models of indigenous healing in the United States, cultural influence, and views of health care providers regarding such practices. This article concludes with a discussion of the relevance of indigenous healing practices across disciplines and approaches, and recommendations of using participatory research as a means to understand indigenous healing practices among elderly African Americans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-452
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
● The first OAM research project grants are funded through the National Center


  • African American
  • Elderly
  • Healing
  • Indigenous
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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