I decided to choose the article about the Shamans in California. In the article, “A doctor for disease, a Shaman for the soul,” here I learned a few new things fairly interesting and gets me thinking about the way western medicine is in our culture compared to others. The Shamans are part of a old traditional culture that practices their health system by a form of belief and spiritual act. As that being their main form of practice, they believe that the way they heal the body is by preventing evil spirits or souls from taking over the human soul and getting them sick. They use chants, smoke, burning paper, and sacrificing animals as a form of prevention of illness. As they moved to the western side of the world, they are slowly adapting to the western culture of medicine use and using their practice of medicine coincide with our traditional use of doctors, medication and surgery. The fact that some hospitals in the United States are allowing the Shamans to carry on their tradition in the rooms is neat, since it is getting the Shaman population living in the United States to accept the help by the doctors and the use of medicine in the western world. It is real good for the community and helping the social status of the hospitals to gain respect and trust of the Shaman population.
What got my attention even more is the doctor that was raised by Shamans and is practicing medicine in the United States. She says if she was sick, shed be admitted into the hospital, but also would like a Shaman by her side. When this happens, you are getting great care by the doctors of the hospital and is more comfortable trying to heal based on their beliefs and accepting the spiritual help needed.
This is great for the adaptation to new medicine in the United States and actually for all of the western society, to be able to gain respect and trust for people and hopefully leading to new practice that will gain more cultures to help a lot more of others.