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What beliefs did ancient healers hold?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
For thousands of years, people with symptoms and illness from all societies have turned to healers who rely upon the natural capacity of the body to heal through physiologic bodily systems activated by states of mind. Universal concepts and beliefs among prehistoric shamans and healers from Chinese, Aryuvedic (a tradition in India), Native American and Western Hippocratic traditions include:
  • Unity between universe, mind, body and spirit
  • A universal life force (animal magnetism, bioenergy, chi, pneuma, prana, vis medicatrix naturae)
  • Health as the balance and harmony between mind, body and spirit and between living beings and nature
  • Disease as the loss of this balance and harmony
  • Healers as facilitators, using subtle methods and interventions to stimulate the body's own healing abilities to restore balance, harmony and the free flow of the universal life force.
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