Cultural Health Module 2 Assignment
Research the area of familial health traditions selecting one “health belief practice” providing a narrative explanation. Then provide an analysis of the health belief practice in the context of how it would affect health maintenance, health protection, heath restoration and healing.
When reading about familial health traditions, the Chinese people have a long-standing history regarding matters related to health. At the core of this “health belief” is the Yin-Yang Theory.
The Yin-Yang Theory is easily one of the most fundamental principles in Traditional Chinese Medicine. As the foundation for diagnosis, and subsequently its treatments, this concept has been greatly studied and followed for centuries in Chinese culture. The basic model of yin and yang expresses they are opposites, like opposing ends of a cycle, akin to seasons during the year, or contrasts on a continuum of energy or matter. Because they are opposites, each notion cannot exist without the other. This interdependency could not be truer than when it refers to health beliefs. The key is to always maintain balance, to achieve a harmonious unity between yin and yang. When this active relationship gets disturbed thus becoming imbalanced, symptoms and ailments are observed, specific to each end of the theory.
For example, cold is associated with Yin, so adversely hot belongs with Yang. If this bond is out of balance, and Yin is not cool enough to nurture and support Yang, then Yang (or heat) rises, and one can develop headaches or feel flush, have sore eyes and/or throat, get nosebleeds and even become irritable. On the other end of the spectrum, if Yang is not warm enough to comfort and encourage Yin, then that person can have poor circulation of blood, cold limbs, a pale face, even diminished energy. Ultimately, whatever condition is present in an individual’s life, it can be thoroughly explained with...