Global Roots of Holistic Medicine
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What is the pattern that connects the crab to the lobster and the primrose to the orchid, and all of them to me, and me to you?
- Gregory Bateson
This program will illuminate holistic maps of the human body, mind and spirit found in the medical systems of the world’s ancient civilizations. From the East, we will make vivid meaning out of the poetic visions found in the medical wisdom from China, India, Arabia and Japan. From the West, we will elucidate the mysteries and powers found in the classical Greco-Hellenic and Hebraic traditions. We will bear witness to the underlying unity and the unique cultural distinctness that can be found throughout our world’s diverse global narratives about human health. We will examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body as understood by traditional holistic medical models of ancient civilizations, and how it contrasts as well as increases coherence in relationship with the structure and function we know today through the facts of modern evidence-based medicine. The program will provide a survey of the contemporary landscape of complementary and alternative (CAM) health care modalities and career paths. It will also show the origins of these systems in the medical traditions that predate modern science, and how these (CAM) systems offer treatment options that address critical shortcomings in conventional contemporary care. We will explore the Scientific Revolution, and how the birth of evidence based medicine vanquished these archaic ideas that had held sway for centuries. We will watch with anticipation the dawning emergence of an integrated medicine that welcomes back these long abandoned visions of unity to bring healing to a scientific medical and societal system that has over objectified much of what is essential for human and planetary health. We will see how recent developments in holism including ecology, synergy, quantum physics and fractal geometry inform our times and offer exciting ideas for redefining health for both the long over objectified human “patient” and the planet.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Natural Medicine, Integrated Medicine, Health CareComplementary and Alternative Medicine Mind-Body Medicine, History of MedicineIntegrated Anatomy
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
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Located in: Olympia