Holistic Approaches to Health and Well-being
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Asian medicine has fascinated people in the Western world for over a century. Did you ever want to know how (and if) it 'really' works? This series will introduce you to the main theories and practices of the three major medical systems of Asia: Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Tibetan , as well as to specific therapies such as meditation and acupuncture. Each lecture will cover how the body is understood in the medical system and how therapies are selected. Lectures will be supplemented by visual depictions of each therapy, along with an explanation of how the system compares to modern medicine.
1. What are Asian medical systems? Learned traditions, indigenous knowledge and history
2. Ayurvedic medicine: Of dosas, food and plant medicines
3. Tibetan medicine: Mind over body
4. Traditional Chinese medicine
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Mary Cameron is a medical and cultural anthropologist and Professor in the FAU Department of Anthropology. She teaches courses on medical, environmental and feminist anthropology, and conducts research on social and medical anthropology in South Asia. Dr. Cameron applies current research on Ayurvedic medicine and medicinal plant conservation development to make health care and conservation better co-partners. Her project “Ayurveda and Nature in Nepal” was funded by a one-year Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad fellowship, and a bookTrading Health: Medicine, Conservation, Natures, and the Poor in Nepal will be out next year. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Russell Sage College, and a master’s and doctorate from Michigan State University. Author of 19 articles and book chapters on women, Dalits (former untouchables), artisans, farmers, and Ayurvedic doctors and healers of Nepal, her books include the award-winning, On the Edge of the Auspicious, among others. Dr. Cameron is currently President of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS).
||11:00 am - 12:45 pm
||Fridays, March 21, 28; April 4, 11
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$34 member / $54 non-member