Healing Powers: A Look at Three Medical Traditions
My Integrative Cultural Research Project was a comparison of three medical traditions I experienced while abroad. The first medical tradition was orthodox Western medicine as practiced at Derbarl Yerrigan, a clinic in Perth specializing in the care of Aboriginal Australians. The second medical tradition was Homeopathy as practiced at the Nehru Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital (N.H.M.C. & H.) in Delhi, India. The third medicine was traditional Tibetan medicine as practiced at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute in McLeod Ganj, India. During October and November 2005, I had a placement at Derbarl Yerrigan. My main activities there were shadowing the doctors and nurses and screening patients. From the end of November through the middle of December 2005, I participated in the Asia Study Tour conducted by Curtin University. We visited sites in Singapore, Malaysia, and India in order to observe health care in these regions. My experiences with Homeopathy and Tibetan medicine stem from this study tour.