Because the sweat lodge is totally dark except for the faint glow of hot stones, no one has a disability in the ceremony; everyone is an equal participant.
The ceremony can target underlying emotional causes of substance abuse, a problem that plagues many with SCI.
1) Native American Medicine 2) Curanderismo - Traditional Mexican-American Healing 3) African Indigenous Healing Introduction: Because 80% of the Worlds population cannot afford Western high-tech medicine, indigenous traditions still collectively play an important global health-care role - so much so that the World Health Organization recommended that they be integrated into national health-care policies and programs (WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2002-2005. Based on his international Red Cross experience helping impoverished populations, Dr.
I have participated in several sweat-lodge ceremonies in the traditional Lakota style, ironically the first one being in Iceland with a friend with SCI.It can also promote healing at different levels by generating forgiveness, releasing bitterness, and busting apart the self-fulfilling belief pattern that is imprinted onto most patients after injury that they will never walk again. Mehl-Madrona developed a ceremony-emphasizing program that targets non-natives with chronic disease or disorders.He reported that more than 80% of program enrollees accrued significant, persistent benefits (Mehl-Madrona L. An Icelandic Case Study: The following case study, involving not SCI but another form of spinal cord dysfunction, illustrates many of the previously discussed approaches.In this case, Cohen was lecturing near Icelands legendary Snfellsnes Glacier.From his audience, Cohen recruited participants for a healing circle that surrounded Jon and instructed them to sing a healing song to a drum beat.