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Healing and the Energy Crisis

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0092
Healing and the Energy Crisis

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This chapter examines how traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has affected people of the Western nations. Modern medicine missed the belief in the life force. The effect of TCM on Western nations has been promising. The citizens of the Western nations were troubled by several fears. One of the central, most profound fear-provoking experiences of the 1970s to 1990s was the energy crisis. Parallel to the gradual rapprochement of East and West, it replaced the fear of nuclear war. The energy crisis led to wars in distant lands. TCM came as a reassuring factor to these nations as it was taken as someone who finally paid attention to energy, life energy, or a healing dedicated to energy. It reassured that even if the conflicts over energy cannot be solved in distant lands, they could at least be solved in one's own body. This represents a start, with a likely bright future.

Keywords: traditional Chinese medicine; Western nations; energy; modern medicine; conflicts; healing

Chapter.  789 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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