Healing : Native American and traditional and Western medicine : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Kennedy, Sarah E. M.
Coffin, James L.
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Honors College
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Modern Native Americans are using a series of traditional medicine and western medicine to help with different illnesses and diseases that they are suffering. For a long time most of Western society has believed that the only way to treat people was through scientific methods that could be proven, although more and more these doctors and scientists are seeing the benefits of traditional healing. These two different practices combine holistic and scientific ways to heal. Holistic practices deal with the whole person, while Western medicine deals mostly with the disease inside of the patient. A few of the biggest diseases to hit the Native American population are diabetes and HIV. While traditional medicine cannot take away HIV, it can bring balance back to a person's souls which help that person better deal with the disease. Traditional medicine is also being used to help with the diabetes epidemic that is growing through the population by reintroducing traditional foods native to the people's diet, and has been found to have an amazing affect on diabetes. In this paper I will bring to light a few of the different ways that traditional medicine has been used today to help different problems and diseases in the Native American population.