Community Medicine

Community medicine refers to the return to the traditional approach where the physician is in contact with his community on an ongoing basis. The oldest form of medicine in humanity is shamanic where healing the body is done through the mind in rituals with the community. In this approach the physical and social environment is not separated from the individual disease of mind or body. While some developments in community acupuncture and network chiropractic have meant a larger quantity of cheaper treatments, this is not necessarily how healing takes place. Community medicine can be a collective, participatory, and interactive approach to health and transformation where each patient finds a unique relation through time, money, and desire for change.