Human body, spirit and disease: the science of healing in 19th century Buddhist manuscripts from Thailand

Jana Igunma


Thai 19th century science of healing is a holistic discipline involving extensive use of indigenous herbal and massage/pressure treatment combined with aspects of spirituality. Disease is not understood as a physical matter alone, but also as an imbalance of the patient with his spiritual and sometimes his social world. Therefore psycho-spiritual aspects are usually to be addressed along with medical aspects.

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