Culture and Health Traditions Essay

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Running head: CULTURE AND HEALTH TRADITIONS

Culture and Health Traditions
Robyn Prather
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
NRS 429v
Kathryn Kollowa
February 04, 2012

Culture and Health Traditions Madeline Leininger is the nurse and anthropologist who first developed the theory of addressing the needs of the whole person within their culture, heritage and traditions. Her book, Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, and Practice (1978), gave rise to an area of nursing practice that has become known as transcultural care. Nurses continue to develop tools to assess the nature of an individual’s culture, traditions and heritage. The Heritage Assessment Tool, developed by Rachel
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She received formal education and was a college graduate. Twenty years ago, both sides of this family lived in rural areas and in close proximity but have since dispersed across the country for employment opportunities. This subject’s family has a strong tradition of beliefs and non-traditional methods for health protection. They did not routinely seek out a physician but rather relied on herbalists and folk remedies. There was a strong spiritual component to this family’s traditions. Prayers, lighting candles during church services and saying novenas or the rosary were all considered to be important to health protection .With regards to health restoration; the subject’s paternal grandmother had a firm belief in “mal ojo” or the evil eye. When sickness occurred, it was due to “mal ojo” transmitting sickness through jealousy either consciously or unconsciously. Her grandmother believed many illnesses were the result of “mal ojo” and could be reversed through prayer and placing a bowl of hard boiled eggs near the sick person to “pull out the mal ojo”. In addition to prayer, teas were consumed for nausea or upset stomach; eucalyptus salve was applied to the chest for colds or respiratory infections, and mercurochrome was applied to any scrapes, bruises, insect bites or reddened areas on the skin. Food was an important part of health maintenance for this family. The subject’s mother and grandmother both provided all the

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