Buddhist Temple Treatment of Narcotic Addiction and Neurotic-Psychosomatic Disorders in Thailand

  • Louise Jilek-Aall
  • Wolfgang G. Jilek

Abstract

Contemporary Buddhist treatment of narcotic addiction and neurotic-psychosomatic symptom formation is performed in Thailand at many monasteries and shrines, of which we have selected two as examples because each represents a different therapeutic approach that is rooted in Thai cultural traditions. In the following we are presenting a brief analysis of the therapeutic factors operant in these approaches. Our analysis is based on discussions with religious therapists, voluntary assistants and patients, as well as on our observation of the treatment procedures.

Keywords

Steam Diarrhea Opium Folk Plague 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise Jilek-Aall
    • 1
  • Wolfgang G. Jilek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada

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