After learning so much about science, religion, and healing I can confidently say that all three are very important when it comes to the human body and mind. All three can also be related to each other over time. The mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and interact in a dynamic way in the “whole person” (Young, 2010).
Science is a huge part of western culture and plays a big part in biomedicine, much of what we see in the United States. When one asks “Does it work?” in the United States, they are asking if something is clinically proven to work to help fix or relieve the human body (lecture 3.2). While if you ask that same question in a different part of the world, they may look at that question in a social or spiritual way. For example, in lecture 3.2 we read about chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is used to help cancer patients. It has good affects on the cancer patient but bad affects on things such as the environment and people that are disbursing the medication. If you were to ask someone in America if it worked they would tell you yes, whereas in other countries they may tell you no because of the harmful affects it has on other parts of the community as a whole. In America we are over using medicine. There are so many other techniques that can be used to heal, such as acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy. After viewing the documentary “The Science of Acupuncture”, It is clear that it has impacted many lives in a positive way. Using science, it was found that acupuncture indeed has an affect on the brain. The needling was found to be deactivating a part of the brain affecting the limbic system, which is associated with how we experience pain. This explains why it worked to help chronic pain that people with osteoarthritis experience. We cant just ignore ancient traditions, we must acknowledge them and use them to our advantage. The healing in China is much different than the healing found in Africa. In Africa they combine their religion with their healing remedies. As we saw in the video “Healing Dance Botswana Africa”, they believed that God gives certain people gifts to heal others. People with these gifts practice the healing dance and actually use it to help others. In the video the people are healed by the healers, which is clearly done through their mind, similar to the “placebo affect”. All three aspects of health, science, religion, and healing, are equally important when treating human beings.