In any society, the search for health and well-being is intrinsic to its history and culture. In Brazil, with its vast cultural influences – indigenous, African, European and, more recently, Asian – alternative medicine has deep roots and a fascinating trajectory Hapé.
Origins and First Uses
Long before the arrival of the Portuguese in Brazil, indigenous tribes already used a variety of plants and herbs to treat illnesses and promote health . These ancestral practices, based on deep knowledge of Brazilian biodiversity, constitute the basis of alternative medicine in the country.
With the arrival of Africans during the period of slavery, Brazil was also introduced to various healing practices of African origin. Baths, teas and spiritual rituals were intertwined with traditional indigenous medicine, forming a rich tapestry of alternative health care.
Evolution and Recognition
Over the years and with European influence, there was an attempt to “westernize” medicine, marginalizing some of these traditional practices. However, in rural areas and remote communities, many of these traditions persisted and were passed down from generation to generation.
In the 20th century, especially in recent decades, there was a revival of interest in alternative medicine in Brazil . Universities began to conduct research into the benefits of herbs and traditional treatments, and the general public began to seek out more natural and holistic care options.
Currently, several alternative medicine practices, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture, are recognized and regulated by the Unified Health System (SUS) in Brazil, demonstrating the recognition of their importance and effectiveness.