Medical students may be accustomed to several teaching techniques: cadaver dissection, live patient simulations and so on. However, a growing number of medical schools are incorporating classes on complementary treatments such as tai chi in order to teach energy healing and the essentials of self care, according to a report in The Huffington Post.
During the last 10 years, the number of institutions teaching integrative medicine – which combines conventional and alternative therapies – has increased from eight to 51, according to the news source. This includes places like Harvard University, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.
Proponents believe that classes that teach yoga and tai chi not only help students feel better, but also give them a hands-on lesson on the value of these therapies.
“We’re not cutting anything out from traditional medicine,” said Delia Chiaramonte, University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine’s director of professional education, as quoted by the news source. “We’re adding to the toolbox.”
Medical students who want to learn more about these mind-body regimens should look into Dahn Yoga and tai chi classes. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, about 2.3 million Americans were practicing tai chi as of 2007.