By David Levinson

Wellbeing and fitness and sickness: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia introduces readers to a colourful array of conventional and substitute therapeutic platforms from all over the world, similar to aromatherapy, using body spray to appease actual and psychological proceedings, a therapeutic method that is going again to the times of Cleopatra; humoral medication, a process defined by way of the traditional Greeks, based on which 4 humors - blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile - have been notion to movement in the course of the human physique, an excessive amount of of anybody humor leading to imbalance or sickness; and Tratak meditation, from Hinduism, in which one stares unblinkingly at a flame till the eyes tear for you to input a tranquil nation. In easy-to-use, A-Z layout, this illustrated quantity describes the world's best-known therapeutic structures - from astrological therapeutic to yoga - and tackles future health problems with overseas situation, akin to famine, infanticide, and plague. With its convenient cross-references and vast record of resources, it will likely be of specific curiosity to scholars of anthropology, background, pop culture, and drugs - and to any readers who refuse to restrict their pondering to a unmarried cultural point of view.

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