Anthropological Modes of Health and Healing: Shamanism


Anthropology takes a distinct approach to health and healing. Its approach usually takes health, healing, and medicine outside of the confines of cultural bias and practice to get a more holistic understanding. A result of this approach is a diverse understanding of the topic across history and geographical location. For the west, this approach means taking away the biases of western medicine known as biomedicine and taking up non-western models of healing as legitimate. It not only means looking at non-western models as legitimate but also as possible models that can be integrated with biomedicine to bring health. In this paper I approach shamanism as a non western model with a unique history of origin, practice, and possible integration to the biomedical model