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Temas em Psicologia

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SIEGEL, Pamela  and  TURATO, Egberto Ribeiro. A possible dialogue between analytical psychology and complementary and alternative medicine. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.4, pp. 1519-1532. ISSN 1413-389X.

The purpose of this paper is to present the results of an integrative literature review of Analytical Psychology linked to complementary and alternative medicine. The objective of the study was to find out if there is any evidence that C. G. Jung or his followers integrated Analytical Psychology and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in their practice. BACKGROUND: Analytical Psychology was thriving when the roots of counter-culture movements and alternative medicine were beginning to gain momentum in the West. METHODS: data sources MEDLINE and Psychological Abstracts were searched using the KEYWORDS: alternative medicine; complementary and alternative medicine; integrative medicine; complementary therapies; acupuncture; homeopathy; yoga; healing. These terms were linked firstly with Carl Gustav Jung and then with Analytical Psychology. The search strategy was not limited to specific languages or time spans and the integrative review of the studies was conducted over a 6-month time period in 2013. RESULTS: the search yielded 10 publications on mandalas; music; kundalini yoga; mindfulness; homeopathy, I Ching; Shamanism; Daoism; biofeedback and traditional healing rituals. In conclusion, despite the use of CAM by some of Jung's followers, Jung was dedicated to understanding the healing mechanism from the psychic perspective and there is no evidence that he integrated body-mind or other CAM techniques, like breathing, stretching, herbal treatment, dieting and fasting, homeopathy and acupuncture, into his clinical practice, although he himself practiced yoga for a short period. Nevertheless, there is no evidence that he recommended yoga to his patients.

Keywords : Analytical Psychology; psychotherapy; Complementary and Alternative Medicine; yoga; integrative literature review; Carl G. Jung.

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