An Introduction to Complementary Medicine by Terry Robson

By Terry Robson

Supplying a legitimate advent to the variety of remedies and philosophies in the box of complementary and substitute medication, this booklet deals a scientific clarification of the philosophies and practices that underpin those clinical practices. the increase in acclaim for complementary medication is tested in addition to demanding situations of constructing a extra built-in approach of healthcare. Such questions as what's complementary medication? What facts is there to help its use? and What can orthodox medication study from holistic perform? are replied. between subject matters mentioned are natural drugs, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, yoga, and ayurveda.

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Thus as a holistic and comprehensive paradigm of healing Ayurveda has much to offer the practice of medicine in western countries in the twenty-first century. Indeed it is already starting to find its place, as healthcare practitioners the world over look beyond the confines of those models of health focused largely on the physical plane of existence. Further reading Dash, Bhagwan and Junius, Manfred 1983, A Handbook of Ayurveda, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi. Frawley, David and Ranade, Subhash 2001, Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine, Lotus Press, Wisconsin.

The herbs are strained and the liquid used. 5. In a cold infusion, or hima, herbs are let stand in cold water for up to twelve hours. This method is preferred for delicate herbs and those with a cooling energy. Intro to Comp Medicine pag egyp 30 10/12/03 4:30 PM Page 30 AN INTRODUCTION TO COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Beyond these five major methods, other preparations of herbs are also used. Churna refers to a powder traditionally prepared with a mortar and pestle and filtered through linen, or ground mechanically with a herb grinder.

For example, in Misima Island in Papua New Guinea an individual is perceived as being composed of elements that are unique and intrinsic but include such things as shadow or reflected image, aspects that Western thought would locate as extraneous properties dependent on light and external factors. Thus the Misiman person consists of flesh, bone and blood, energy or ‘life force’, breath, spirit or soul, and shadow or image (Macintyre 1990). In this community then, ‘seeing a ghost’ might mean that a sleeping person’s image has separated from its source and is wandering around independently.

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