Anthropology of Alternative Medicine

ISBN-10: 1845208021
ISBN-13: 9781845208028
Edition: 2012
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Description: Alternative medicine is not a fashionable new trend but an established cultural strategy, as well as a dynamic feature of mainstream contemporary medicine, in which elements of folk traditions are often blended with western scientific approaches.The  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 1/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Alternative medicine is not a fashionable new trend but an established cultural strategy, as well as a dynamic feature of mainstream contemporary medicine, in which elements of folk traditions are often blended with western scientific approaches.The Anthropology of Alternative Medicine is a concise yet wide-ranging exploration of non-biomedical healing. The book explores a broad range of practices including: substance, energy and information flows (e.g. reiki); spirit, consciousness and trance (e.g. shamanism); body, movement and the senses (e.g. massage and aromatherapy); as well as classical medical traditions as complements or alternatives to Western biomedicine (e.g. ayurveda and homeopathy).Exploring the cultural underpinnings of contemporary healing methods, while assessing current ideas, topics and resources for further study, this book will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and health related professions such as nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and biomedicine.

Anamaria Iosif Ross is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Utica College, USA.

Acknowledgments
Alternative Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
Conflicting Interests Pertaining to the Rise of Integrative Medicine
What Distinguishes an Anthropological Approach to Alternative Healing?
Dominant Themes and Organization of the Book
Anthropology and the Human Journey
Healing Power and Agency
What are Cultural Constructions and Why Does It Matter to Health Care?
A Bird's Eye Overview of Core Concepts in Medical Anthropology
Curing or Healing?
Biomedicine and Traditional Medicine
Plural Healing in the Global Age: Intersections of Meaning and Power
Current Practice: Helminths Return as Promising New Drugs
Substance, Energy, and Information Flows
From the Flow of Rumors to Exposing the Global Traffic in Organs and Tissues
Duality of Water: Vitality and Contamination
Current Practice: Homeopathy
Energy, Life-Force, and the Powers of the Sun
Nourishment and Healing
The American Health Foods Movement in the Early Twentieth Century
Rising Trend: Alternative Consumption Movements in the Developed World
Humoral Medical Traditions, Foods, and Herbs
Case Study: ELTA Universitate-Natural Foods, Anesthesia, and Social Renewal
Of Information and the Triadic Approach
Energy, Dowsing, and Information
Spirit, Consciousness, and Trance
Altered States, Bodies, and Souls
Shamanic Consciousness and Symbolic Healing
Hypnosis, Spirit(s), and Healing
Current Practice: Rediscovering Hesychasm and the Prayer of the Heart
Rising Trend: Healing Addictions with ASCs and Hallucinogens
Faith Healing and Pilgrimage
Ayurveda and Mental Illness
Body, Movement, and the Senses
The Anthropology of Sensations and the Multidimensionality of Healing Work
Smell and Taste
Tactile Experiences
Rhythm, Movement, and Music as Life
Case Study: Becoming Radiant-Real Reiki in Postsocialist Romania
Ascent into the Future: Aromatherapy, Art, and Science, Ancient and Modern
Current Practice: Medical Aromatherapy
Polythetic Medicine
Conclusion: Looking into the Future of Alternative Medicine
References
Index

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