The Traditional Medicine Program has now been in existence and an integral component of the Wikwemikong Health Center for 14 years. We attempt to retain the centuries old philosophy, methodology and other aspects of the practice of Traditional Medicine as handed down by out mentors, many of whom have passed on to the Spirit World.
The practice of Traditional Medicine has continued uninterrupted in this community in spite of the constant opposition from Church and State, as well as a number of fundamentalist sects of main stream denominations.
The main reason for the success of the program is its initial stages and up to the present is due to the support and encouragement from the Elders as well as those individuals who have benefited from the treatment offered.
The practice of Traditional Medicine always includes treatment of the entire human psyche – Emotional, Mind, Body, and Spirit. Therefore, it is not unusual to include the appropriate ceremonies as part of the healing program.
Apart from individual treatments, our Traditional Medicine Program has become a major resource center for other First Nations and non-aboriginal institutions throughout Ontario and beyond, including the United States.
Medicines are harvested from spring, summer and fall. The Traditional Medicine staff have access to clients files so that medications and medicines do not conflict with each other. Referrals are made to the doctors or nurses if needed. Confidentiality is maintained throughout.