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ANTHROPOLOGY MATTERS : PLURALISM , PARALLEL MEDICAL PRACTICES .Medical pluralism is the availability of different healing systems and options within the community .In this essay I discuss the ways in which the concept of medical pluralism impacts my experience of health care .I used the methodology known as the auto –ethnography to collectdata of a self reflection research which I conducted for a period of five days including the weekend .Auto-ethnography refers to a form of writing in which the writer uses self reflection and writing to explore their personal experience and links their stories to wider cultural , politicaland social meanings and understandings .For note taking I used the diary (Chang , 2008).I used the diary and other resources which are ,Field notes :How to take , code and manage them (Bernard ,London , 2006),The Credible and the Credulous :The question of 'villagers 'Beliefs' in Napal (S.L,Pigg , 1996)and Doctor –Patient interactions .In Culture ,Health and illness .(Helman ,C.G ,2000) and other external readings. Medical pluralism plays a big role in one's healing ,this is because an individual has a choice to consult which ever health care system that they trust or believe in .Those who are financially disabled to afford the Western doctor can consult the traditional healer . For many years in South Africa this has been happening , many people believing and getting their diagnosis and treatmentfrom traditional healers (M.Freeman and M.Motsei,1992) .As a result folks are the first to be consulted when sickness strikes ,and this is because locals /community have trust and faith in their healing ability (J.P deV van Niekerk,2012:105)..However ,even amongst the people who believe in traditional healers ,some of them receive medicine from modern health care. This may be prior or after consulting traditional healer (M.Freeman and M.Motsei ,1992).This shows the impact that medical pluralism has on has on one's health care.Moreover the use of both folk sector and professional sector remain independent and keeps it's methods of operating and explaining is another impact that medical pluralism has on the experience of health care (Helman,C.G.2000) .Further more this impact is mutually beneficial to

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