The connections between mind, body, and the energy that animates life have been considered by the world's greatest philosophers, the Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and more, resulting in widely ranging theories and no consensus. Modern science seeks answers to the same question through neuroscience and new fields of study including neurophilosophy.
The relationship between emotional well-being and physical well-being is also understood on a personal level. When our body is injured most of us feel emotional stress, the fight or flight response for example in the short term; many people experience anxiety or depression when faced with chronic injury or illness.
The way each person responds to stress is unique and determined by innumerable variables. Complementary and alternative medicine therapies (CAM) enter into the equation at this phase, the goal of each practice being to return the whole person to a state of physical and emotional balance or well-being.
What do you need to know as a health professional about CAM therapies for the well-being of your clients? What are some of the cultural, economic, and ethical issues at the root of these ancient yet modern practices?