Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa
Section 21 – Non-Profit Association
Registration Nr: 2006/005719/08
The Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa (EPASA) was established in 1987,
in order to promote, enhance and unify the practice of ethnomedicine in South Africa.
in accordance with the
TRADITIONAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ACT, 2007 (ACT 22, 2007)
What is EPASA?
EPASA stands for Ethnomedicine Practitioners Association of South Africa and is a non-profit federal body which accredits and controls the ethnomedical practice under the Traditional Health Practitioners Act. It’s members are responsible for caring for public health in all spheres.
History of Traditional Medicine
African Traditional Medicine is a mainstay of primary health care for the majority in Africa. About 80% of the population has relied on resources within their environment to survive since God’s creation.
Plants, minerals and animals constitute the major natural resources ever used by mankind for preventative, curative and rehabilitative health in Africa. Like any other continent, these resources have been used for over ten thousand years by traditional health practitioners (THP’s), who acquired their knowledge and skills through observation, spiritual revelation, personal experience, training and direct information from their predecessors.