(13 contact hours) Deepen your knowledge of medical treatment by exploring alternative health care practices from India, China, Eastern Europe, and Central, North, and South America.
Global healing traditions have a long and rich history that dates back thousands of years. Reflecting the specific and unique characteristics of their regions, these traditional healing systems provide the primary form of health care for the majority of the world's population.
In this course, you'll deepen your knowledge of medical treatment by learning about these various global healing practices. You'll start with an overview of the field to get a sense of how these alternative practices differ from conventional medical systems. Then, you'll explore six global traditions: Ayurvedic medicine of India, the indigenous medicine of Central and South America, Native North American healing, the healing traditions of South Africa, traditional Chinese medicine, and Unani medicine of Eastern Europe. Whether you're a health care professional or simply someone who wishes to explore the various traditions that can maximize health and wellness, this course will give you a solid foundation in a variety of traditional healing practices and techniques. (13 contact hours)
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There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Deepen your knowledge of medical treatment by exploring alternative health care practices from India, China, Eastern Europe, and Central, North, and South America. This course will provide you with a solid foundation in a variety of traditional healing practices and techniques.
Global Healing Systems
Global healing traditions have a long and rich history that dates back thousands of years. Reflecting the specific and unique characteristics of the culture, history, philosophy, and availability of resources in different parts of the world, understand how these traditional healing systems provide the primary form of health care for the majority of the world's population.
Ayurvedic medicine is a highly sophisticated religion, philosophy, and system of medicine that has been practiced in India for over 2,500 years. As with other forms of complementary and alternative medicine, it focuses on the whole individual and one's relationship to one's environment. Learn how health, vitality, and longevity are achieved through a balance within the body and between the body and the external environment.
Curanderismo and Central American Healing Practices
With a long and complex history, curanderismo, or indigenous medicine, is the broad healing tradition found in Mexico and Mexican American communities throughout the United States. For many Hispanics, conventional medicine has not been effective or well received. As a result, folk medicine and curanderismo have experienced a revival during the past several decades as a legitimate part of an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to health and healing. Learn more about this traditional medicine to better serve these communities.
Native North American Healing
Millions of Native North Americans utilize traditional healing traditions as a way of maintaining balance and wholeness. To the traditional Native American, all aspects of life are intimately connected to good health and well-being, and life is a sacred path. Gain and understanding of this ancient, holistic healthcare system is complex, utilizing medicine wheels, sacred plants, and a variety of healing techniques. Today, there are encouraging signs of acceptance and cooperation between conventional Western practitioners and American Indian healers.
South African Healing Traditions
Traditional healing has existed in South Africa for thousands of years and is utilized by the majority of individuals who live in the region. Drawing from a primarily oral tradition, traditional African healers come from many cultures, speak many diverse languages, and they specialize according to their talents and "calling". To the individual who uses this form of healing and to the traditional South African healer, the body, mind, and spirit are intimately connected.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Learn about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), one of the oldest professional continuously practiced medical systems in the world, with origins dating back more than 3,000 years. TCM emphasizes the holistic view of the human being and encompasses many different treatment modalities such as acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, and Qigong.
Unani medicine is an ancient medical system based on Greek origins. Officially recognized by the World Health Organization as one of several alternative traditional systems of medicine, it is a comprehensive medical system that provides preventive, curative, and rehabilitative health care to millions of patients throughout the world. Primarily practiced in the Eastern Mediterranean, Unani medicine is a sophisticated healing system that has profoundly influenced Western medicine.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, accreditation consultation, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.
Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.