Marondera — It is not every day that one encounters a traditional medical practitioner willing to reveal some of his or her ritual activities and the secrets of his healing touch.
Fifty-three-year-old William Mapati of Gumbeze Farm in Marondera was at liberty to reveal some of his tricks and herbs that form the basis of his efficiency in the trade.
“It is God who created the herbs,” these were the words of William Mapati who is both a traditional healer and a Christian.
“Despite being a traditional medicine practitioner, I have a strong Christian background. In some verses, the Bible even makes it clear that there is nothing wrong with that.
“My work as a herbalist is to complement those who use modern medicines and the opposite runs true. Whenever l come across situations that require clinical attention, l immediately refer patients who would have consulted me to clinics or hospitals.
“For example, l can not treat cancer, malaria or TB. On the other hand, these hospitals or clinics can not help someone with bad luck or who is finding it difficult to find a marriage partner,” said Mapati.
He claims to be a senior Bible student and has 60 Bible certificates from various international colleges.
Having started practising the art in 1975 Mapati said that he believes that there is no difference with the modern practice.
He revealed that herbalists should have sound knowledge of human beings’ social behaviour.
“Every day different people approach me seeking herbs to overcome their problems ranging from pregnancy to bad luck and other numerous health problems,” said Mapati.
Elizabeth Mwenga (38), one of the several patients that were helped by Mapati spoke glowingly about him.
“I had no peace in my life. When I reached 30 years, I was worried that no one would marry me. I had tried everything, but with no success. Then my sister advised me to consult Mapati and here I am today, happily married with two children. No one, even my closest relatives gave me a chance, but thanks to Mapati, everything is well with me,” said Mwenga.
To make it easy for him to easily administer herbs to his patients, Mapati has a referral code booklet which links various diseases
or problems with the medication or remedy that should be prescribed.
He is the chairman of the Mashonaland East provincial medical practitioners’ council.