Native American Healing and Purification Rituals for War Stress

  • Steven M. Silver
  • John P. Wilson
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)

Abstract

This chapter addresses certain features of Native American healing practices that have relevance to the treatment of traumatic stress syndromes and other mental states of distress. The major focus will be on American Indian healing practices used for survivors. To those unfamiliar with the ways of American Indian shamans, these practices may seem strange and initially somewhat foreign or even threatening. However, for those willing to learn and be open to experience, there is psychic encounter in ritual that some would term metaphysical or perhaps supernatural. To Native Americans, they are both religious and sacred.

Keywords

Sensory Deprivation Vietnam Veteran Combat Veteran Healing Ritual Traditional Healing Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. Silver
    • 1
  • John P. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.PTSD ProgramVeterans Administration Medical CenterCoatesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

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