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Different cultural paths of interaction; reductionism and holism...


๐˜‹๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ; ๐™ง๐™š๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ข


How deep-rooted traditional health practices and expertise enhance better insights of one another in cross-cultural interactions, for example in business or diplomacy.


Last night I was preparing a Chinese herbal medicine formulation at home for my better half, consulted from the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital.





Looking at how different cultures view health and illness, it teaches us also about how people from different cultures perceive interactions and collaborations with others. Especially those interactions with a purpose (e.g. business) or mission (e.g. diplomacy).


While Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a holistic approach, Western Medicine (WM) often applies an approach of reductionism. Reductionism is about developing and setting clear and fundamental goals (often from complex circumstances), for example the elimination of the malignant cancer tumor in a body. The holistic approach takes a continuous balance and harmony of the body as an important priority while treating a malignant tumor.



These different paths of thought, perception and approach can be seen as well in human interactions from different cultures, whether in business, diplomacy or otherwise.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜น, ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜น, ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ (๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ) ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด.

These different paths in collaboration might conflict in expectations of management and operation, efficiency and effectiveness, or trust and reliability.

On the other hand, the synergy of understanding and respecting both two paths in collaboration might enhance to greater contributions, or at least the necessity of coming to mutually acceptable results or concessions.


As for TCM herbal medicines, the force is not in a single herb, but in the harmony with other herbs in formulations or other TCM practices with advanced synergy as well as in maintaining the balance of the complete complex human organism.

Gaining interest for health perceptions and management in different cultures is a great asset for a better mutual understanding and interaction in many perspectives.

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