Healing Elements Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

ISBN-10: 0520273249

ISBN-13: 9780520273245

Edition: 2012

Authors: Sienna R. Craig

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Tibetan medicine has come to represent multiple and sometimes conflicting agendas. On the one hand it must retain a sense of cultural authenticity and a connection to Tibetan Buddhism; on the other it must prove efficacious and safe according to biomedical standards. Recently, Tibetan medicine has found a place within the multibillion-dollar market for complementary, traditional, and herbal medicines as people around the world seek alternative paths to wellness.Healing Elementsexplores how Tibetan medicine circulates through diverse settings in Nepal, China, and beyond as commercial goods and gifts, and as target therapies and panacea for biophysical and psychosocial ills. Through an exploration of efficacy - what does it mean to say Tibetan medicine "works"? - this book illustrates a bio-politics of traditional medicine and the meaningful, if contested, translations of science and healing that occur across distinct social ecologies.
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/22/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Sienna Craigis an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She is the author ofHorses Like Lightning: A Story of Passage Through the Himalayaand coeditor ofMedicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on the Use of Non-English Terms
List of Acronyms
Introduction
Portrait of a Himalayan Healer
The Pulse of an Institution
Lineage and Legitimacy
Therapeutic Encounters
Good Manufacturing Practices
Cultivating the Wilds
The Biography of a Medicine
Conclusion
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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