The indigenous healers of Peru and Ecuador
My current position is as an independent researcher investigating the mode of action and scientific basis of homeopathic medicines, based at Heyford Park Innovation Centre, Oxon.
My Fellowship was entitled The Indigenous Healers of Peru and Ecuador. The purpose of my Fellowship was to understand how indigenous healers of these countries (and on a second trip, Nepal) understand illness, its causes and treatment.
My experiences with indigenous healers showed me how taking a more holistic and spiritual approach could improve the health of both the individual and their community. Indigenous healers do not see any separation between the individual, the social group and nature itself. If any one of these becomes sick then all become sick.
My Fellowship laid the foundation for an ongoing desire to bridge the gap between rational Western science and medicine, and the more spiritual and holistic indigenous belief systems. To this end I have been carrying out fundamental research in homeopathy in an effort to bring it into more mainstream scientific thought, as well as lecturing and giving talks on the importance of a spiritual life in maintaining health.
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