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Eastern science: Providing a different perspective to current Western science - Essay Example
For several centuries, Western science has been at odds with Eastern science. Western science goes for systems, standards, measurements, and would not accommodate crude methods that are characteristic of Eastern science without validation efforts to back up claims…
Literature of the orient abounds with illustrations of flowers, birds and insects thought to provide medicine for the ailing body. The position of the sun, the heavenly bodies, the flow of current, the characteristics of flora and fauna are all exploited by Eastern science to teach man the ways of nature in healing man. We read about the early 16th century of Portuguese travels in search for spice and flora. It is said Portuguese ships would sail home from the Indian subcontinent packed with ginger, cloves and nutmeg, and new ships would set sail with European soldiers, diplomats and scientists next (Cultureonline, n.d.).
Recently, Western science has finally begun to confirm that meditation practice literally and physically improves brain behavior (Felix, 2003). The Orient traditions that have much respect for the power of prayer have long known about this. As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal Science column (1/10/2003), studies at the University of Wisconsin confirmed that "meditation, Buddhist or otherwise, might change the brain and, in particular, its emotional circuitry." (Ibid.).
This paper compares the differences in the approaches of Western science and Eastern science in medicine, and discuss about recent changes. It leans heavily on the observations of McCall (2003) on yoga as a way of treating several maladies and on Lipton (2004) regarding convergence of the two sciences.