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Mudpacks and Prozac
Experiencing Ayurvedic, Biomedical, and Religious Healing

ISBN 9781598743999
Published August 31, 2009 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

People seeking psychiatric healing choose from an almost dizzying array of therapies—from the medicated mud packs of Ayurveda, to the pharmacopeia of Western biomedicine, to the spiritual pathways of the world's religions. How do we choose, what do the treatments offer, and how do they cure? In Mudpacks and Prozac, Murphy Halliburton investigates the very different ways in which Ayurvedic, Western, and religious (Christian, Muslim, and Hindu) healing systems define psychiatric problems and cures. He describes people's embodied experiences of therapies that range from soothing to frightening, and explores how enduring pleasure or pain affects healing. And through evocative portraits of patients in Kerala, India—a place of incredible cultural diversity that has become a Mecca for alternative medicine—Halliburton shows how sociopolitical changes around the globe may be limiting the ways in which people seek and experience health care, with negative effects on our quality of health and quality of life.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Th ree Th erapies of South India
3 Lives and Problems
4 Experiencing the World from Body to Ātman
5 Cooling Mudpacks: Th e Aesthetic Quality of Therapy
6 Conclusion: Pleasure, Health and Speed
Appendix A: Semi-Structured Interview Questions
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