Traditional healing

Traditional Samoan healers use a ‘holistic’ way of treating illness using a variety of massage treatments (fofo), counselling techniques and herbal preparations (Vai laau Fa’aSamoa). Holistic health involves seeing the person as a ‘whole being’ including their spiritual, physical, mental and family aspects.

Some people use traditional healing alongside medical treatment recommended by your hospital doctors. However, we strongly advise that you must not miss the treatment given by your cancer specialists.

If you are using traditional healing it is important to tell your doctors about the treatments you are using.