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CAM: Healing the Person, Spiritual Humanism, and the Cultivation of Humanity

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This chapter explores whether complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) contributes to the cultivation of humanity, not simply the person per se, and how this might take place. The argument is that by virtue of contributing to the healing of the person, inner-life spiritual humanism also contributes to the cultivation of human values, a sense of human kindness, the ethicality of humanity. Directing attention to increasing use of "CAM" in Europe, North America and Australia, and noting that traditional medicine (TM) is used throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes the sheer numerical significance of those forms of healing which differ from allopathic medicine. Before attending to how inner-life spiritual healing-cum-humanism contributes to the cultivation of the humanity of the person, and of humanity itself, some reasonably 'hard' evidence is called for: evidence of what has to be explained, namely outcomes of cultivation.

Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); human values; spiritual humanism; traditional medicine (TM); World Health Organization(WHO)



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