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What the practitioners of Eastern philosophy and medicine have known and practiced for millennia, Western doctors are just beginning to understand. Since Descartes declared there was nothing in nature man could not reproduce, Western medicine has looked outside the human body and mind for answers.
The Instinct to Heal quantifies and documents the mind-body connection and our ability to heal ourselves. Dr. David Servan-Schreiber recounts his experiences, backed by verifiable data, as he explains his introduction to and use of Eastern practices and philosophies in treating the patients in his psychiatric practice.
Dr. Servan-Schreiber has taught other psychologists and psychiatrists different methods of dealing with stress, anxiety and depression without the use of drugs. From nutrition, meditation, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), to acupuncture, light therapy, and the effects of exercise and love, he offers proven medical alternatives. The chapters on emotional communication and listening and the magic of touch help us view ourselves and each other in a whole new light.
Although alternative medical practices have been viewed with a jaundiced eye, Dr. Servan-Schreiber documents the cures he has seen and been a part of through anecdote and double-blind studies. In most cases, the cures seem miraculous and the methods too simple to be real, but the proofs are irrefutable.