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Alternative Medicines, Alternative Worldviews

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195146806
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146808.003.0005
Alternative Medicines, Alternative Worldviews

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Many of America's alternative healing systems function as vehicles for the transmission of alternative spiritual philosophies. Chiropractic medicine, Osteopathy, Holistic Healing, Therapeutic Touch, and Alcoholics Anonymous are but a few of the alternative healing systems that have deep roots in the American metaphysical tradition. So, too, do various New Age healing practices such as color or crystal healing that believe in the existence of “subtle energies.” It is clear that many of those who are drawn to our alternative healing systems do so not just for relief from physical ailments but also for spiritual growth and edification.

Keywords: Alcoholics Anonymous; Chiropractic; crystal; healing; Holistic; medicine; New Age; Therapeutic Touch

Chapter.  7969 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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