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Healing power of the environment: traditional dimensions

Author Affiliations

  • 1Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, California
  • 2Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, California
  • 3Wellness Works Glendale, Glendale, USA
  • 4Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, California

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (9), Pages 39-47, September,22 (2018)

Abstract

For thousands of years, traditional and ancient practices have proven their effectiveness in using the healing power of the environment and elements, such as water, air, fire, and space. In the past, people used to live healthy and heal without scientific methods; however, in modern days, as long as there is a market for sick people, many of these elemental remedies have not and will not be promoted universally. Therefore, it is our duty to debunk the position that biomedical treatment is the best practice. Our collective effort to highlight and close the gaps in disparities alongside researching, seeking alternative healing methods, and fully integrating the environment's healing power will allow us to understand that Earth's treasures are of immeasurable value and need to be consumed to give us an increasingly healthy life.

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