The Importance Of Healing Cultures In Chinese Medicine

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Every society has different views concerning the body, cause of disease, and healing. The way people in a society view themselves and healing will affect treatments. The diversity of healing cultures around the world can largely be attributed to the isolation many societies used to have. The concept of globalization is relatively new and has led to many places combining age-old healing traditions with the new. A great example of this is Chinese traditional medicine and its belief that illnesses are caused by supernatural forces affecting the qi, to combat those forces treatment involves spiritual healing and the use of herbs. To some this may be considered a primitive practice but, it is widely used internationally in the modern world.
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Most of its treatments make use of the observations of the body and connecting it to phenomena. This is no different than the Tibetan view of the sacredness of the body, both use imitative magic to create symptoms and treatments. Unlike, Tibetan and Pennsylvania Dutch it does not call upon gods to heal the sick and healing is seen as successful when the person does not experience their ailment. Healing is defined by the culture, but each practice makes use of the triad: heart, body, and spirit. When you are healed according to this culture, your whole body is healed and harmony is restored. As well as the idea that the human body is connected to the universe in some way. It seems in the Western sense that Chinese medicine is seen as a last resort if Western treatments do not work. Westerners see Chinese medicine as strange and primitive thinking and if they’re cured in any way by using TCM it is an accident or a placebo. But, it is only seen as primitive because of mistranslations or Westerners do not learn how the Chinese see the body. Chinese medicine stresses that no single part can be understood without understanding the whole. Traditional Chinese medicine should not be used as a last resort. In China, TCM ,if used, is in conjunction with Western medicine. This has benefits because Western notions of healing is not preventative, while Eastern …show more content…
Its health care system is now financed mostly by fees paid paid by its patients. Before China’s revolution in 1949 there were not a lot of Western trained physicians so many of the Chinese population received medical care from just TCM practitioners. In 1949, the life expectancy was only 35 years and so because of this improving health became a major goal of the Communist government. Traditional Chinese medicine was revived during this time and the use of acupuncture and herbal medicines became very popular. China is one of the only countries that treats traditional and scientific medicine equally, making them both legally available

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