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A revival of primary healing hypotheses: a comparison of traditional healing approaches of Arabs and American Indians
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  • Journal title : TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]
  • Volume 2, Issue 1,  2012, pp.4.1-4.13
  • Publisher : Association of Humanitas Medicine
  • DOI : 10.5667/tang.2011.0025
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A revival of primary healing hypotheses: a comparison of traditional healing approaches of Arabs and American Indians
El-Magboub, Asma; Garcia, Cecilia; James, Adams David Jr.;
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When medicine is unable to cure, and the end becomes imminent, or when the patient is tired of the side effects associated with chronic use of drugs, the search for alternative and new ways of healing is begun. Coincidentally, sometimes the alternative is the origin, as is the case for traditional Arab medicine and traditional American Indian healing. Traditional healing is the first healing that all people have used for 200,000 years, since the beginning of Homo sapiens. The sources and elements of traditional Arab medicine have been examined in books and by consulting with traditional Arab healers. Arabic medicine is a career combining both elements of science and philosophy based on religion and traditions, and includes a diversity of healing approaches: spiritual, physical, and using natural products. These approaches are discussed with emphasis on wet cupping (Alhijamah), a practice that is undergoing a revival nowadays in Arab countries. American Indian healing is a career based on religion, tradition, an innate healing gift and extensive training, both in a medical school setting and as an apprentice. Arabic healing approaches are compared to American Indian healing approaches.
Arab medicine;California Indian medicine;cupping;massage;plant medicines;
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