Japanese Health Beliefs and Practices

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Japanese Health Beliefs and Practices
Kristin Santiago
Cal State University, Dominguez Hills
School of Nursing
Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice
BSN 306, Section18
Caole A. Shea, PhD, RN, FAAN
Novemeber 4, 2012
Japanese Health Beliefs and Practices As the Japanese began migrating to the United States in 1885, throughout the decades, the cultural integration and assimilation of the western culture has been embedded into the Japanese Americans. Early traditional Japanese immigrants are called Issei and the second-generation Japanese Americans who were born and educated in the U.S. are called Nisei (Lipson & Dibble, 2008). Health beliefs and practices vary among the different generation of the Japanese, however, many of their
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Father Aoyagi felt better for the next two days and the mother and daughter cared for him, cooked for him, and massaged him at home in a quiet, calm, clean environment. Three days after the acupuncture and moxibustion, the father’s symptoms returned and worsened, some of which he attributed to not being able to seek his own acupuncturist at home in Japan. He experienced headache, sudden chest pressure and pain as if someone was sitting on his chest, tingling and pain in his left arm and neck, palpitations, sweating, and nausea. At this point, the Aoyagi family, together decided to take their father into the hospital. Upon arrival to the emergency department at the hospital facility I work for, based on father Aoyagi’s symptoms, vitals were taken, labs were drawn, 12 lead EKG was done, MONA was initiated and the patient was made as comfortable as possible. A brief history was taken. The patient was a 72 years old Japanese native male, 5’4” in height, weighed 84kg, with a good muscular tone, slightly protruding abdomen, appeared much younger than his age, and very clean in appereance. The patient has a long history of smoking about half a pack to a whole pack per day for 40 years, hypertension, slightly controlled diabetes mellitus type II, hyperlipidemia, and possible family history of CHD. His diet was of a traditional Japanese, high in seafood, rice, vegetables, noodles, fruits, and tofu. Patient Aoyagi was a
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