Healing Roots

Anthropology in Life and Medicine
Author: Julie Laplante
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 178238555X
Category: Medical
Page: 302
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Umhlonyane, also known as Artemisia afra, is one of the oldest and best-documented indigenous medicines in South Africa. This bush, which grows wild throughout the sub-Saharan region, smells and tastes like “medicine,” thus easily making its way into people’s lives and becoming the choice of everyday healing for Xhosa healer-diviners and Rastafarian herbalists. This “natural” remedy has recently sparked curiosity as scientists search for new molecules against a tuberculosis pandemic while hoping to recognize indigenous medicine. Laplante follows umhlonyane on its trails and trials of becoming a biopharmaceutical — from the “open air” to controlled environments — learning from the plant and from the people who use it with hopes in healing.

Capturing Quicksilver

The Position, Power, and Plasticity of Chinese Medicine in Singapore
Author: Arielle A. Smith
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785337955
Category: Social Science
Page: 324
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Since the turn of the century Singapore has sustained a reputation for both austere governance and cutting-edge biomedical facilities and research. Seeking to emphasize Singapore’s capacity for “modern medicine” and strengthen their burgeoning biopharmaceutical industry, this image has explicitly excluded Chinese medicine – despite its tremendous popularity amongst Singaporeans from all walks of life, and particularly amongst Singapore’s ethnic Chinese majority. This book examines the use and practice of Chinese medicine in Singapore, especially in everyday life, and contributes to anthropological debates regarding the post-colonial intersection of knowledge, identity, and governmentality, and to transnational studies of Chinese medicine as a permeable, plural, and fluid practice.

The Body in Balance

Humoral Medicines in Practice
Author: Peregrine Horden,Elisabeth Hsu
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 085745983X
Category: Social Science
Page: 300
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Focusing on practice more than theory, this collection offers new perspectives for studying the so-called "humoral medical traditions," as they have flourished around the globe during the last 2,000 years. Exploring notions of "balance" in medical cultures across Eurasia, Africa and the Americas, from antiquity to the present, the volume revisits "harmony" and "holism" as main characteristics of those traditions. It foregrounds a dynamic notion of balance and asks how balance is defined or conceptualized, by whom, for whom and in what circumstances. Balance need not connoteegalitarianism or equilibrium. Rather, it alludes to morals of self care exercised in place of excessiveness and indulgences after long periods of a life in dearth. As the moral becomes visceral, the question arises: what constitutes the visceral in a body that is in constant flux and flow? How far, and in what ways, are there fundamental properties or constituents in those bodies?

Ritual Retellings

Luangan Healing Performances through Practice
Author: Isabell Herrman
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1782385657
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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Belian is an exceptionally lively tradition of shamanistic curing rituals performed by the Luangans, a politically marginalized population of Indonesian Borneo. This volume explores the significance of these rituals in practice and asks what belian rituals do – socially, politically, and existentially – for particular people in particular circumstances. Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments.

Religion and Healing in America


Author: Linda L. Barnes,Susan Starr Sered
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195167953
Category: Religion
Page: 535
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Americans have long been aware of the phenomenon loosely known as faith healing. Such practices most often received attention when they came into conflict with biomedical practice. During the 1990s, however, the American cultural landscape changed dramatically and religious healing became acommonplace feature of our society. The essays in this book chart this new reality. Insofar as healing traditions constitute the meeting ground or point of conflict between different groups, argue the authors, they provide a powerful lens through which to examine cultural changes at work. Each ofthe papers offers a particular case study. Many emphasize gender, race, ethnicity, and class as key components of healing experiences.

Communication with the Cancer Patient

Information and Truth
Author: Antonella Surbone,Matjaz̆ Zwitter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780897669856
Category: Medical
Page: 540
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In many parts of the world seriously ill patients are not informed of their diagnoses. Consequences of this for the patient are not being informed about the therapy and its possible side-effects and ultimately deprivaion of autonomy. Telling the truth to a patient is not simply a matter of providing information. Rather, the truth is a matter of two-way communication, the result of a relationship between doctor and patient that develops over time in the context of a given culture. In this volume oncologists in different countries give their perceptions of how truth telling is handled in their cultures.

Tibetan Medicine in the Contemporary World

Global Politics of Medical Knowledge and Practice
Author: Laurent Pordié
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: N.A
Category: Medical
Page: 288
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The popularity of Tibetan medicine plays a central role in the international market for alternative medicine and has been increasing and extending far beyond its original cultural area becoming a global phenomenon. This book analyses Tibetan medicine in the 21st century by considering the contemporary reasons that have led to its diversity and by bringing out the common orientations of this medical system. Using case studies that examine of the social, political and identity dynamics of Tibetan medicine in Nepal, India, the PRC, Mongolia, the UK and the US, the contributors to this book answer the following three, fundamental questions: What are the modalities and issues involved in the social and therapeutic transformations of Tibetan medicine? How are national policies and health reforms connected to the processes of contemporary redefinition of this medicine? How does Tibetan medicine fit into the present, globalized context of the medical world? Written by experts in the field from the US, France, Canada, China and the UK this book will be invaluable to students and scholars interested in contemporary medicine, Tibetan studies, health studies and the anthropology of Asia. 'Winner of the ICAS Colleagues Choice Award 2009"

Shamanism

An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
Author: Mariko Namba Walter,Eva Jane Neumann Fridman
Publisher: Abc-clio
ISBN: 9781576076453
Category: Religion
Page: 1055
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A guide to worldwide shamanism and shamanistic practices, emphasizing historical and current cultural adaptations.

A philosophical basis of medical practice

toward a philosophy and ethic of the healing professions
Author: Edmund D. Pellegrino,David C. Thomasma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: N.A
Category: Medical
Page: 341
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Shamanism

The Neural Ecology of Consciousness and Healing
Author: Michael Winkelman
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780897897044
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 309
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Shamanism, humanity's most ancient spiritual practice, has achieved a dramatic modern resurgence. The foundations and appeal of shamanism are rooted in human nature, the psychobiology of consciousness, and archetypal structures of the brain and mind. The classic shamanic motif of death and rebirth represents the development of self through the symbolic death of the old self to permit the emergence and integration of a higher order self.