UCHL1056 Introduction to Health Cultivation and Lifestyle Medicine 養生與生活醫學導論 (2 units)
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There is a growing trend in mainstream medicine to shift the model of disease from biomedicine into a biopsychosocial paradigm. Alongside this trend emerges lifestyle medicine, a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress. Along this line, for over 2000 years Chinese medicine has been emphasizing health cultivation, which involves physical and mental training, as well as medicinal food, for the prevention of diseases and promotion of longevity. The aim of this course is to educate students about how lifestyles impact health and disease. Through examining the theoretical frameworks, research and practices of health cultivation and lifestyle medicine from historical and cultural perspectives, students will gain an understanding of how lifestyle affects health and disease in our modern society. Particularly, the benefits of traditional health cultivation methods, including, Baduanjin (Eight Section Qigong), Tai Chi movements and Qigong, as well as some stretching exercises, for physical, mental and social well-being will be illustrated. During the course, students will carry out experiential learning through experimenting health cultivation methods and following healthy lifestyle practices, alongside tracking their own changes in health.
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