Heritage Assessment Essay

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Heritage Assessment
Grand Canyon University
January 22, 2011 Heritage Assessment Heritage is as individual as a fingerprint when it comes to some cultures. Every individual has their own heritage, and this is very different between different cultures. Heritage consists of determination of one’s ethnic, religious, and cultural background (Spector, 2009). When we look at someone’s heritage, we look at traditional health methods used to maintain health, protect health, and restore health; these concepts deal with a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual beliefs. This paper will compare these health methods among the Chinese, Hispanic, and Navajo heritages and look at the
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Nguyen, personal communication, January 15, 2011). The Chinese people believe that is someone has excess “hot” then they need to balance that with something “cold.” If someone is giving off a “hot” vibe then they need something like a cooling herbal tea, which will bring them back to a balance. In the Chinese culture, they also use herbal plants, such as, garlic, fresh ginger, and tree fungus because they believe these help to prevent illness (B. Nguyen, personal communication, January 15, 2011). The Hispanic cultures, like the Chinese, also believe in needing a balance between “hot” and “cold” (R. Marquez-Castro, personal communication, January 15, 2011). They classify diseases as “hot” or “cold, and need to find ways to balance between these. Examples of “hot” diseases are hypertension, diabetes, and acid reflux. “Cold” diseases, for example, are pneumonia, and menstrual cramps. By maintaining a balance at all times, the people believe that they can avoid illness most of the time. In the Hispanic culture, there are beliefs of the “evil eye.” Turquoise is used to rid the “evil eye” which will protect their health, can stop harm from happening to them. Health restoration deals with the beliefs and home remedies that a group would use to help restore their health (Spector, 2009). This means that once a person is diagnosed with an illness, how they approach and treat it. The Hispanic community believes

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