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Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion ; 18(5):444-461, 2021.
Article in English | APA PsycInfo | ID: covidwho-1893764


This research aims mainly to emphasize the contribution of indigenous tacit Knowledge of traditional medicine to treat COVID-19 symptoms in a traditional and Islamic context in Algeria. In order to do so, we proceed as follows. First of all, to find out whether traditional treatment delays the death of people affected by COVID-19, a survival analysis was carried out among a sample of 74 hospitalized patients at the University Hospital Center in a region located to the west of Algeria. Subsequently, interviews with 185 traditional healers from the same region were held to identify the plants on which these patients relied. Three main results emerge from our study: first, the use of traditional treatment helped prolong the survival of people with COVID-19. Second, we were able to identify 11 medicinal plants. Third, Healers over 80 who had acquired tacit knowledge knew more medicinal plants compared to other age groups. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion ; 18(5):462-481, 2021.
Article in English | APA PsycInfo | ID: covidwho-1893761


Indigenous knowledge and practices suffer marginalisation when it comes to seeking solutions to social problems. The world misses out on the richness of this knowledge and practices and role that they can play. This qualitative existential phenomenological study explored experiences of African indigenous knowledge holders and practitioners on their views regarding solutions towards COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews were conducted through WhatsApp and face-to-face with ten participants and data were analysed thematically. The findings show African knowledge and practices that could combat COVID-19 in terms of restrictions, heat related remedies and plant related remedies, and how these knowledge and practices can be applied through ancestral, environmental, metaphysical and generational modes. Africa and the world could benefit from how indigenous people respond to diseases such as COVID-19 and adopt/adapt some of these knowledge and practices;indigenous knowledge and practices have a role to play by contributing solutions to the world's problems. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)