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University of Limpopo (2021)

An exploration of molebatsa in bereavement care among the Bapedi Cultural Group in the Mopani District

Mabidilala, Mokgadi Comfort

Titre : An exploration of molebatsa in bereavement care among the Bapedi Cultural Group in the Mopani District

Auteur : Mabidilala, Mokgadi Comfort

Université de soutenance : University of Limpopo

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology 2021

Résumé
African people have a long history of using traditional herbs to treat various ailments, including mental health. However, because there is not much empirical data supporting the use of traditional herbs in the treatment of mental illnesses, the purpose of this study was to explore the usage of molebatša in bereavement care in the Mopani district. The research study used a qualitative approach and a snowball sampling process to recruit a total of nine participants (Females = 7 ; males = 2). Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. The collected data was analyzed using the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) method. The following were the primary themes that emerged from the research : - a) descriptions of the nature of bolebatša ; b) preparation and administration of bolebatša for medicinal purposes ; c) conditions managed with bolebatša and d) the role of spirituality in traditional medicine. The findings of the study revealed that bolebatša is a herb with furry coating of hair-like structures, harvested from the Molebatša tree, scientifically known as Lannea schweinfurthii. The harvested bolebatša is mostly dried and taken orally, either with warm water, porridge or its dried skins are chewed. It was determined, based on the findings of the investigation, that the herb has the ability to induce forgetfulness and this was beneficial in treating various psychological ailments (such as trauma, bereavement and grief and adjustment disorders) as well as spiritual conditions, with no adverse side effects. Recommendations emerging from the study call for more investigations to scientifically validate the efficacy of this herbal extract.

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