Sunday November 13, 2016

When Indigenous healing practices meet modern medicine

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This show was originally broadcast on April 21, 2016. 

Health isn't just about your physical well-being. It also includes your emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.

For a person to be truly healthy, all aspects must be taken care of. This holistic approach has long been a part of many Indigenous philosophies, although this method is still not part of Western medical science and healthcare. 

Sacred Medicines

Four sacred medicines (clockwise) tobacco, sweet grass, cedar and sage. (Erica Daniels/CBC)

But as we see more Indigenous doctors, health care professionals and healers enter the field, so too do we see the return of the medicine wheel. 

Here's what's on the show this week:

Bringing ancient healing to modern medicine. Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau explains how combining the two has benefited her patients. 

Marcia Anderson Decoteau

Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau. (Submitted by Melissa Brown)

Ending the silence around depression and reaching out is an important part of healing. It's something musician Tracy Bone knows all about. She stops in to perform live and explain why she put her music career on hold to deal with a difficult time in her life. 

A cultural twist on an ancient practice, Jade Harper combined Anishinabe teachings with the Indian discipline of yoga to create SpiritFusion. 

And Indigenous doula Melissa Brown explains why combining cultural practice with pregnancy care can help return the miracle of birth to community. 

This week's playlist

Jade Harper

Jade Harper owns SpiritFusion. (Doug Thomas/Facebook)


Derek Miller - Music is the Medicine
Tracy Bone - So Good
DJ Shub - Old School is for Lovers

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