User Roles

General User: Browse and Participate 

•Browse - Browse the site for topics that interest you, be it cancer, blood-letting, possession, ginger root, or poisons. 

•Flag - Flag racist, sexist, transphobic, or homophobic language you feel would offend other users. When flagging, be sure to check all the tags that apply to a card so that we can help our search function grow more precise

•Comment - If you feel your experience might lend insight to cite content, we’d love to hear from you!  Comment liberally and respectfully on chosen cards based on your background and training.


Healer: Contribute Your Expertise

•Browse - Browse the AH on topics related to your practice

•Flag - Flag site content you feel would offend other users or, more importantly, endanger general users should they apply suggested remedies at home. 

•Comment - Define yourself as an  allopathic doctor, herbalist, homeopath, energetic healer, shaman, midwife, nurse, witch, acupuncturist, crystal healer, pranic healer, Chinese medicine practitioner, or indigenous healer? Please channel your knowledge of these modalities into the comment sections available on each data point. Share your background and insights and enrich our community.


Card Reviewer: Refine our Data and Search Functions

•Browse - Indulge your curiosity on topics of interest.

•Flag - Flag potentially offensive user comments or data points that could use improved source references.

•Comment - Participate in community-enhancing discourse by engaging on written forums available on each card.

•Edit - Eliminate typos. Add images to cards from your own files or online stock photos (please list photo credits). In the editing window, please check all category tags that apply to card content. 


Advisory Board Member: Be at the Forefront of Change

•Browse - Indulge your curiosity in topics relevant to your field(s) of interest

•Review - Determine whether or not user flags warrant card revision or removal

•Comment - Participate in user-friendly discourse surrounding data points

•Advise - Make large level decisions about directions of the Archive of Healing.


Scholar: Archive at Will

•Browse - Browse the site for information on the history, geography, and language of healing as it pertains to your study

•Flag - Mark material/data for which you’d like an improved citation

•Comment - Comment liberally with questions surrounding the history of each data point, and contribute historical or geographic context behind data points as you recognize them within your field(s) of expertise.




*We envision the Archive of Healing™ as an interactive archival space designed for knowledge sharing across cultures. 

  • Perhaps you’re a healer who can contribute testimony on how content on a data point compares/contrasts with modalities used in your practice? 
  • A scholar who has done research on related regions/topics and has a cross-cultural comparison to share? 
  • A general user who has a question about the data’s origins, or who has seen iterations of a listed healing method in your own familial/social circles? 

Users of all backgrounds might surprise themselves by how they can contribute to knowledge co-production and data contextualization. If you feel your comment informed by unique training and/or personal experiences might inspire discussion on the content included on this site, we’d love to hear from you!  Comment liberally and respectfully. Your mindful engagement will help grow the Archive of Healing as an international community serving grassroots discourse on global wellness.


Please see the following examples for how commenting platforms might be used. Your written participation will help grow the Archive of Healing as an intentional community serving grassroots scholarship and global health. 

Ideal comment contribution ex. 1: Share your experience about efficacy

  • Card Title: Indigestion
  • Data point: “Indigestion: The root of the Trumpet plant is chewed to relieve indigestion.”
  • RID: 200022
  • User comment: “I have a trumpet plant in my backyard! As someone who frequently suffers indigestion and prefers natural medicine, I’ll look into the research behind this suggestion, try it out, and report back.”
  • User comment: “This is my first time hearing of the health benefits of the trumpet plant, but it seems naturopaths at global conferences have come to consensus on the digestive benefits of turmeric. On the island of Lembata, Indonesia, where I conduct my dissertation research, Pak Koban (a convenience shop owner, friend, healer, and host) advises to consume raw turmeric when suffering any form of stomach pain or bloating. He insists that the ball/knuckle of a turmeric root is most effective in curing stomach inflammation.” 
  • User comment: “In my experience as a naturopath, any part of the turmeric root (not just the ball) might be used to reduce indigestion.”
  • *Click the “add comment” link at the base of the comment thread to partake in discussion on this data point. 


Ideal comment contribution ex. 2: Pose a question about context 

  • Card Title: Possession
  • RID: 146785
  • Data point: “Hysteria and epilepsy account for practically all cases of possession. Mental suggestion plants an enormous part on the cures as well as the sickness. Perfectly healthy persons who discover that evil sorcery is being worked against them have been known to sicken and die within a few days, so strong was the influence of suggestion.”
  • User comment: “I’m interested that the citation for this data point has no further commentary on where these cases of possession take place. I’m also confused about the archivist’s interpretation of possession/sorcery due to the confusing way in which this data point is phrased. Does Forest E. Clements suggest that possession leads to epilepsy; or is he suggesting, as many American archivists projected during the time this archive was published (1930s), that what “primitive” populations consider to be sorcery is actually what Western physicians diagnose as hysteria or epilepsy? I currently know of possession as a possible cause for epilepsy in both Kumasi, Ghana and La Paz, Bolivia.”
  • Please keep your comments related in some way to the data relayed on your chosen card(s). Also please help us maintain these commenting forums as spaces for intellectual exchange only. Any commenter who abuses the space by soliciting businesses will have their account removed. 






  • To edit a card, click the bottom-facing arrow in the upper right corner of the card to release the drop-down menu
  • Click on the RID number written in green, which will bring you to a web page with a “View” tab highlighted in the upper left corner of the page
  • Click on the “Edit” tab to the right of the “View” tab. This will bring you to the editing portal. 
  • In the editing portal, you will see a number of text boxes with content available for revision. Please only revise if you feel it will not harm the authenticity of the data.  
  • You may change the title of a card if it improves the card’s search function. 
  • Please take a moment to upload a google photo or a personal photo to serve as a visual aid alongside the card content, describing the image in the box labeled “alt text” and giving photo credit wherever due.
  • In the list of detail-oriented text boxes under “Card Text”, feel free to insert information about the collector or content origin as might be hinted in the card’s citation.
  • Please tag all categories you feel apply to the content of the card. This contribution is critical for improving the organization of data on our site.
  • “Warning” - Apply this sparingly. Any card with “warning” selected will have card content obscured with a standard warning pop-up, which will not enable users to view the card until they consent to reading potentially sensitive content. 
  • Please don’t forget to fill in your reasons for revisions/additions in the “revision log message” text box on the right side of the editing portal. Please be specific about your revisions. Your contributions will not be implemented should you leave this box empty, and administrators will appreciate the thought put into your revisions. 



Please take into consideration that the purpose of this archive is to showcase healing modalities with as minimal cultural bias as possible. This means that the knowledge available here may be unacceptable or contrary to your own cultural perspective. We encourage you to acknowledge context-specific verbiage without judgment and focus more on the safety of the information when choosing to flag it for sensitive content. The flagging function will be important for the site’s improved navigability over time.  

We would like to reiterate the importance of the flagging process, as the AH’s success depends on users’ abilities to work collectively to safely advance knowledge around diverse modalities of healing. For this reason, if you are a general user noting racist, sexist, transphobic, or homophobic language, please flag it. While some of this language may appear to users registered as scholars (for educational and historical purposes only), harmful language has no place in sections dedicated to general users. If a user flags a search result as being inappropriate or dangerous and the advisory board deems it safe, the flag will change to green, meaning that the data has passed formal review.