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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 459-463
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Spirit, Mind and Body in Chumash Healing

1School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California, 1985 Zonal Avenue, PSC 508, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9121, USA
2Chumash Healer, Granada Hills, CA, USA

Received 25 April 2005; Accepted 15 September 2005

Copyright © 2005 James D. Adams and James D. Adams. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This article discusses the importance of the spirit and mind in health and well-being among Chumash people. Prayer was the first step in healing since prayer invites the participation of God. Initiation practices are discussed that encouraged young people to develop the maturity and spiritual strength to become productive members of society. Pictographs were used in healing usually not only as a relaxation therapy, but also as a mode of education. A supportive environment was an important factor in Chumash health care, since the support of friends helps, comforts and relieves anxiety that is detrimental to healing.