Health Beliefs and Practices. East and West Ancient and Modern Public and Private Mental and Physical. Rita Flattley, M.Ed., RYT Pima Community College. Health Beliefs and Practices.
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East and West
Ancient and Modern
Public and Private
Mental and Physical
Rita Flattley, M.Ed., RYT
Pima Community College
“The core teachings of Buddhism are systematically directed toward developing keen and caring insight into the relational or interdependent nature of all things.” (Hershock, 2006)
We can’t poison the environment without poisoning ourselves. Many cancers, respiratory diseases, etc. are caused or exacerbated by environmental toxins.
Currently more health issues are caused by poor lifestyle choices than infectious diseases. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are good examples.
Mental and physical health are in a constant interplay. Many severely depressed people feel physical pain. Some physical issues like thyroid imbalance mimic mental illness. The physical side effects from psychiatric medications often cause “noncompliance.”
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There are health conditions for which Western medicine has no cure, leaving people crippled by pain or dazed by medication. Techniques such as meditation and yoga have lead to a better life for people with chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, phantom limb pain, and psychological issues like anxiety and depression.
The mission of the National Center forComplimentary and Alternative Medicine (of the National Institutes of Health) is to:
Explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science.
Train complementary and alternative medicine researchers.
Disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals. http://nccam.nih.gov/
Leads the transformation of healthcare by creating, educating and actively supporting a community that embodies the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine, addressing mind, body and spirit.
“Covered brick drainage , both inside private homes and on public streets, was more technologically sophisticated and more sanitary” . (Wolpert, 2009) than anything until Roman times. Seals found at Indus sites show figures in yoga meditation postures such as padmasana (Lotus position) and badha konasana (bound angle pose.)
The Golden Age of Greece: 460 - 377 B.C. The Time Period of Hippocrates, “father of medicine”, the Hippocratic oath, and the 4 "humors" or fluids (blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile) which was the basis for using leeches until the 1800s.
A great deal of our knowledge of ancient Egyptian medicine comes from the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the Ebers Papyrus and the Kahun Papyrus. The Edwin Smith Papyrus and the Ebers Papyrus date from the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries BCE. These manuscripts are believed to be derived from earlier sources. They contain recipes and spells for the treatment of a great variety of diseases or symptoms. They discuss the diagnosis of diseases and provide information of an anatomy. They detail the ancient Egyptian concept of medicine, anatomy, and physiology.
Some Egyptian treatments:
Honey and milk for throat irritations
Aloe vera for burns, ulcers, and skin diseases
Juniper to soothe stomache cramps and digestive problems
Poppy seeds as an anaesthetic and for insomnia and headaches
Mint for digestion and as a breath freshener
Cure for Burns: Create a mixture of milk of a woman who has borne a male child, gum, and, ram's hair. While administering this mixture say:” Thy son Horus is burnt in the desert. Is there any water there? There is no water. I have water in my mouth and a Nile between my thighs. I have come to extinguish the fire.”
Does the so-called “proto-Shiva seal” indicate early evidence of yogic or tantric practices? Did the conquering Aryans learn about local plants for herbal medicines from the people who had resided in the region for centuries? Scholarly debates on the rise and fall of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro are ongoing.
VI, 57. Urine (gâlâsha) as a cure for scrofulous sores.1. This, verily, is a remedy, this is the remedy of Rudra, with which one may charm away the arrow that has one shaft and a hundred points! 2. With gâlâsha (urine) do ye wash (the tumour), with gâlâsha do ye sprinkle it! The gâlâsha is a potent remedy: do thou (Rudra) with it show mercy to us, that we may live! 3. Both well-being and comfort shall be ours, and nothing whatever shall injure us! To the ground the disease (shall fall): may every remedy be ours, may all remedies be ours!
From eHow http://www.ehow.com/how_2075188_use-urine-cure-fungus.html
Curing fungus requires a combination of treatment. Fungus thrives in stagnant, damp areas, so cleaning up the area where the fungus thrives will begin the eradication process. Washing the area with urine is an effective disinfecting agent
Bathe an area, such as the feet, in urine. The urine bath allows a concentrated sterilizing effect. This is especially useful for athlete's foot fungus. The bathing of the infected area should be done in a tub or on a towel to avoid staining the treatment area.
Collecting urine should be done fresh daily. Use of the patient's own urine for urine therapy is recommended.
Krishnamacharya trained a number of influential yoga teachers and lived to 101.
Yoga should always integrate the body, breath, and mind. Some yoga classes include mantra, mudra, & meditation.
Yoga should be adapted to the needs and level of practioners.
Yoga is beneficial for emotional and physical health.
The physical elements of Yoga have been emphasized in the U.S. and credited with everything from improving your looks to increasing sexual stamina. “This conflation of yoga with the Kama Sutra — India’s most famous exports to the West prior to information technology — would have startled not only its Brahman practitioners in the Himalayas or along the Ganges but also the sages of Walden and Concord who first embraced Indian ideas of nondualism, the indivisibility of mind and matter, and the essential oneness of the universe.” (Mishra, “Posing as Fitness,” 2010)
“Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's major research pursuits lie in the emerging field of mind / body medicine, with the focus on the clinical, social, and human performance effects of mindfulness meditation training in various populations. These include people with chronic pain, stress related disorders, and / or a wide range of chronic diseases with a particular focus on breast cancer…”
”You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Tibetan Buddhism and research psychology: a match made in Nirvana?
“With an eye toward understanding the inner workings of the mind and using that knowledge to reduce human suffering, psychologists and Buddhist monks may have more in common than they realize, and possibly even compatible methodology.”
Richard Davidson, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dealing with emotions: Buddhist monks have long been admired for their emotional control, and Paul Ekman thinks exploration of this skill may help psychologists better understand ways people can deal with unpleasant emotions. Tibetan Buddhist monks practice intensive mental awareness through mindfulness meditation--where emotions and other mental events are recognized, but not reacted to. This training may give them the ability to weather emotional experiences--such as fear--to an extent unheard of in Westerners.
In the course of his research, Ekman and Robert Levenson, PhD, may have found a man who cannot be startled. They exposed one Tibetan Buddhist monk to a sudden sound as loud as a firecracker and monitored the participant's blood pressure, muscle movements, heart rate and skin temperature for signs of startle. The Buddhist monk, possibly due to hours of practice regulating his emotions through meditation, registered little sign of disturbance. "We found things we had never seen before," says Ekman.
Paul Ekman, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
From Monitor on Psychology 12/03 a publication of the American Psychological Association