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How have Eastern notions of medicine affected contemporary Western healing practices?
What do you think is the importance of being knowledgeable about other people's beliefs and practices?
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1. How have Eastern notions of medicine affected contemporary Western healing practices?
This is asking you if any Eastern notions of medicine (e..g, Yoga) have been integrated into Western medicine, such as the treatment choices and healing practices. It definitely has.
We see this all the time. Why? Several events lead to this. First, it was inspired by the growing use of a more natural and holistic medicine by many individuals as they care for their own well-being. Diversity of the people they treat has also lead to this integration, which was further moved by the influx of medical practices from around the world that immigrants, travelers and global communication have brought to the US, in the past 20 years. This has lead to scientists, researchers, and healthcare practitioners investigating in earnest the efficacy of many health practices not considered "mainstream" or conventional (http://www.bravewell.org/integrative_medicine/integrative_care/evidence_based_therapies/).
For example, the mind/body medicine has begun to revolutionize modern health care. Recognized by the profound interconnection of mind and body, the body's innate healing connection and the role of self-responsibility in the healing process, traditional or contemporary, medicine has began to integrate what Eastern religion, such as the mind/body medicine, which offers a wide range of modalities, including biofeedback, imagery, meditation, and yoga.
So, for the last three hundred years Western Civilization has been shaped by a rational, scientific, mechanistic worldview that has helped to ...
The solution explains how Eastern notions of medicine have affected contemporary Western healing practices. It also explores the importance of being knowledgeable about other people's beliefs and practices.