MSBH6103 (Elective)

Eastern cultural health practices

Eastern culture emphasizes the integration of body and mind in everyday life activities as the foundation to cultivate robustness, peace, and happiness in life. This course examines the merits of traditional Eastern culture and its relationship with the values of different health practices in the traditions, including the traditional teachings of Chinese Medicine and other healthcare systems like Energy healing and Ayurvedic medicine. Other Eastern concepts like non-striving attitude, moderation and transformation of suffering as described in the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism) and their relevance to clinical practice will be reviewed. Illustration and experiential class activities of cultural practices like tea meditation and sound healing are included for exploration of their importance as practices for wellness in modern times. Assessment: 100% coursework