Shamanism and Western Medicine

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Shamanism is a very unique tradition. If only so by age, there are few things that are still actively practiced for 10,000+ years. The time that shamanism practice has remained relevant is just what renders it a tradition. In fact, shamanism is so traditional that blending it with anything else is difficult. Western medicinal procedure, on the other hand, has had an exclusive definition for just a century or so. The two are certainly related and have co-existed throughout the duration of my life and most importantly, co-exist today. They co-exist, however independently, each one possessing their respective positive and negative aspects. Shamanism’s lengthy history establishes its credibility inherently. It has been practiced by many people, of different cultures, from different eras, and for a variety of purposes. However different these variables may be, the underlying principle remains the same: healing. The ends are the ultimate goal, despite the means by which they are attained. I think this is the greatest discrepancy between the two - western medicine has many other requisites to meet before healing can be pursued. Upon an observation of a healing property, a medicine needs to be developed that contains such a healing property but also should not be easily replicable. For this reason, many of the western world’s medicines are chemically based. “While proponents of EBM eventually acknowledged that skills beyond an ability to obtain, interpret, and integrate the results of clinical research were important to clinical practice, the centrality of the evidence said to derive from such research remained immutable. With the acceptance of evidence as the currency of the medical realm, attention and argument has concentrated on establishing hierarchies of evidence, a process where the most important decision is not the rank order, but what is included in or excluded
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