Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Will Miss #230 - traditional healing

In the West, people tend to view any sort of healing which is non-scientific or medical in nature as useless. The Japanese embrace a variety of healing methods including acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine. Many of my students partake of these types of healing to help them deal with stress or chronic pain. Many have told me that it helps them with things like back, neck, and shoulder pain as well as moderate illnesses like stomachaches or headaches and fatigue. Japanese people don't scoff at each other or think people who choose traditional healing are stupid or gullible.

The Japanese, by and large, are open-minded about possibilities outside of modern medicine, and I'll miss that.