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Complete Therapeutic Systems

It may be described as a system based on an all-encompassing philosophy or set of beliefs and a comprehensive range of treatments, therapics, and remedies. Until very recently most people in industria...

It may be described as a system based on an all-encompassing philosophy or set of beliefs and a comprehensive range of treatments, therapics, and remedies. Until very recently most people in industrialized Western countries would have considered conventional Western medicine just such a self-contained system, and in a way it is. But developments that have taken place over the last 20 years, particularly the growing interest in the traditional Oriental systems of healing, have changed that.Western medicine of the future may well incorporate some of the traditions of the rich and varied systems that have survived for centuries in India, China, Japan, and Arabia.Introduction To Western SystemsThough few people in the West know it, a complete system of healing did manage to survive the onslaught of Western science that came with the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was called "Nature Cure" at first and, later, "naturopathy," and today it is thriving.But what still fewer people realize is that modern naturopathy descends directly from that tradition of complete systems of medicine learned by the Greeks from the Orient, and passed to the West by the Arabs during the European "Dark Ages." Although that tradition seems never to have included some of the methods and much of the philosophy and terminology we think of as peculiarly Oriental, it included almost everything else.Most important, it included all the elements of body, mind, and emotions that are now seen as vital to any system of medicine that claims to be complete, and a common thread seems to run through many of the systems described in the following section. They all incorporate principles from the same ancient source.For example, both homeopathy, which was founded bv the 18th­century German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, and anthroposophical medicine, started by the 19th­century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, owe most of their basic ideas to the practices and principles of ancient Greece and the Orient.Homeopathy is now a major part of naturopathic medicine in most countries where naturopathy is established (although there is a case for it being seen as a complete system in its own right) while anthroposophical medicine, hugely influential in the 1920s and 1930s (and still popular in parts of Europe and the United States)Article Search, has largely been absorbed by newer and more accessible systems.

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