The East has known this for a long time. Ayurveda, Acupuncture and all other Chinese and Tibetan Healing techniques take the body-mind connection into consideration when treating patients. Thus ‘Treat the patient, not the disease’ has been the core principle in these forms of healing. Western medicine is now catching up with this truth.
The New Medicine traces the evolution of the body-mind connection in patients and how medical doctors and hospitals in the West are embracing holistic techniques like hypnosis, acupuncture, meditations, guided imagery, reiki in bringing patients back to health that is sustainable and not a quick-fix. Medical students are also being trained in colleges to show compassion and sensitivity to patients’ tangible and intangible concerns. The fact that doctors America spends an average of six minutes with patients tells a lot about their investment in the long-term wellness of patients. The film features some very wary and hard-nosed scientists who are now embracing the mind-body connection and bringing it into mainstream medical practice.
Turns out a lot of this new-age stuff has been around for ages. Well better late than never, doc.