Medicine evolves day by day. New and improved treatments are found more often than not. Although this is true, many believe in other forms of medication. It is hard to tell where the history of medicine starts and no one knows when it will end. Culture and religion have a lot to do with medical traditions. Some do not believe in the use of modern day medications and, therefore, use other traditional forms. In the first lecture video from this section, we looked at Ju’hoansi way of life, where women and men were equal. Everyone in the group shared the same knowledge. The Ju’hoansi participated in healing dances and these dances were said to hold power to heal things like arguments. The Ju’hoansi also believe that selfishness is the number one cause for sickness. The western world usually does not believe in this. It is hard for people to understand that things like stress and selfishness is connected to health because, as mentioned in the first lecture video, science is not considered multi variable.
In the second lecture video practices like acupuncture were mentioned. Acupuncture is an old Chinese tradition. As Dr. Gabriel mentioned, something astonishing about this is that traditional Chinese acupuncture points outlined the modern day nervous system. In the film, “The Science of Acupuncture,” a woman sets out to find if acupuncture actual does work. The woman sees what affect this treatment has on the brain.
Some religions believe that forms of meditation are healing the body and it is possible to heal the body with the mind. For example, Hindus practice many forms of yoga and meditation, as they believe that it will help reincarnate to something better in the next life. I read a personal story by Dina Procter that speaks about healing your body with your mind. Dina talks about her story of overcoming suicidal depression and alcohol addictions (Procter). She spent three minutes, three times a day participating different forms of guided mediation and claimed that this practice was life changing and helped cure her problems. There are many stories like Dina’s that claim that things like meditation and acupuncture work wonders, but as mentioned in the lectures, it is hard to actually prove this. The mind and body are certainly connected, but to prove this is hard for scientists. Hopefully, more research and development in this field will conclude a clear answer as to weather or not these forms of medical practices actually work.
Procter, Dina. “Mind Over Matter: How to Heal Your Body With the Power of Meditation.” Conscious Lifestyle. 2015. Accessed July 21, 2016. http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/healing-meditation-mind-body/.