Hmong Shaman Work With Traditional Doctors To Heal Patients At California Hospital

Hmong shaman
A small hospital in California's Central Valley is taking a unique approach to health care, allowing spiritual shamans to perform healing ceremonies on patients in conjunction with the hospital staff's more traditional medical care.

The Hmong, an ethnic minority in Vietnam, were recruited to work alongside U.S. forces during the war. Subsequently, many fled Vietnam after the war to avoid persecution. Many of these refugees settled in areas such as St. Paul, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and throughout California's Central Valley. That's why in the small town of Merced, which lies roughly halfway between Fresno and the state capital of Sacramento, roughly one-10th of the population is of Hmong descent.

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