Cultural Diversity and Nursing

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People from different cultures have their own perspectives on health and disease. Some cultures believe in using traditional medicine, and some believe in the healing power of praying and herbal healing. People often affected by their own cultural beliefs when it comes to overcoming diseases and how they can find the right cure or treatment. Sometimes religion and cultural beliefs get in the way of receiving proper medical help. Religion and cultural beliefs can affect the way they receive proper medical treatment and care.
Although there are a few cultures that believe that natural remedies should not be used in the twenty-first century where medicine and the whole world has advanced and improved in many ways. People believe that advanced technology is able to diagnose and cure when herbal remedies fail to work. I will discuss the cultures of Muslim and Chinese and their health views.
The Arabic culture have several beliefs that impact healthcare like they prefer to be treated by a medical provider of the same sex, mainly female patients, which also applies when interpreting services are needed. “They consider an illness as atonement for their sins. They consider death as a part of a journey to meet God. However, they are strongly encouraged to seek medical treatment when required” (Newcastle). Cleanliness is considered “half of the faith”. The Qur’an prohibits eating pork and pork products, meat of animals who have not been slaughtered in the halal manner, blood and all intoxicants. They believe that if they fast from dust to dawn for a month per year brings rest to the rest of the body and has many medical values. Meditation and prayer bring psychological tranquility.
“The traditional Islamic medical system that developed in the classical period contains a mixture of spiritual and physical elements, including the use of natural substances and…...

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