What is the role of Eastern religion in modern medicine?
-None whatsoever. -Actually, eastern medicine is conceptually tied to eastern religions, notably in the concepts of chakras, chi, and Ayurveda, among others.
Doctors currently play the role of that priests and shaman played in earlier societies, except that doctors are mostly stone materialists. Currently, religion plays little to no role in the thinking and policies of the field of medicine. There may be grieving rooms in hospitals, but this is pretty much about all.
HIYA! I'll take a stab at this thing. Not an expert on either, but I do have some opinions. I take this question to mean how does Eastern religious tradition influence modern medicine. I feel there probably isn't much influence. I hear and read that this tenet or that teaching of Eastern traditions can't be verified scientifically, so, it's generally not accepted. For example, in Zen, there are teachings that say that mind and body…
The Golden Compass, and the entirety of His Dark Materials trilogy, is a work that questions modern religion, the role and authority of god, and whether or not man are meant to be controlled by a greater power. It focuses heavily on the role of institutionalized religion, shown through the Magisterium, and the struggle between religion and science. It also explores the fear of sin within the Magisterium.
Alternative medicines have been around since people have been around. They are tried and true medicines, for the most part. This is not to say they cannot be used in conjunction with modern medicine because they can. Also alternative medicines are normally based in plants rather than something that comes out of a chemist's laboratory. They are wonderful alternatives for those with allergic reactions to modern medicine.