Prayer and Naturopathic Medicine in Ghana; A Qualitative Study

Spirituality is crucial in the life of a Ghanaian patient seeking treatment. In their seek for God’s face, the majority of them end up in prayer camps. In Ghana, several Naturopathic practitioners have started to incorporate prayer exercises during their consultations. The majority of these practitioners are pastors. Using Ghana as a case study, we want to look into the function of prayer in the Naturopathic profession.

The purpose of this research is to look at the qualitative aspect of prayer’s use as a type of Naturopathic protocol employed by naturopathic practitioners in their healthcare delivery.

Methods: A draught open-ended questionnaire was sent via WhatsApp to thirty (30) Naturopathic practitioners with pastoral backgrounds who are members of the Ghana Association of Naturopathic Physicians (GANP) in their various Naturopathic facilities that provide pastoral services as part of this qualitative study.

According to naturopathic practitioners, patients seek prayer services from their centres as a supplemental therapy as part of their therapeutic order routine.

Patients also employ prayer as a traditional remedy for their medical problems, according to others.

Conclusion: We discovered that effective prayer is crucial in the healing process of a sick patient.

Prayer is widely used by Naturopathic doctors as a supplemental therapy rather than a regular treatment.

Author(S) Details

Raphael Nyarkotey Obu
Department of Holistic Medicine, Nyarkotey College of Holistic Medicine and Technology, Ashaiman, Ghana.

Lawrencia Aggrey –Bluwey
Department of Health Administration and Education, University of Education, Winneba Ghana.

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