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What is ayurvedic health care and how is it applicable?
Farah M Shroff
eBook Edition: 2017

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest recorded system of health care and it is still being practiced today. It has influenced many other systems of medicine within and outside India, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Siddha, Unani and various types of massage therapy. India, the birthplace of Ayurveda, is experiencing a renaissance of this ancient system of health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, partly as people outside of India show interest in the resurgence of indigenous knowledge that has transformative potential to heal mental and physical ailments. 

This paper seeks to understand the philosophical worldview of ayurvedic medicine and its relevance to health promotion and disease prevention with an aim to illustrate its depth of understanding of the human mind and body. Ayurveda is a Hindu system of medicine with its roots in India. It is 5000-6000 years old and is thought to have originated by rishis—wise, ancient people. Ayurvedic health care concentrates on the health and well-being of the individual as a whole, and as a member of society. Principles of health promotion and disease prevention are discussed in this paper.

Part of the paper focuses on nutrition, a central aspect of Ayurveda. The kitchen is the pharmacy and the pharmacy is the kitchen—is a well-known tenet of Ayurveda and it is explained here. Overall, Ayurveda has great potential to be revived for modern applications all over the world, particularly if more research is done on it. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Introduction - Literature Review - Health Promotion – Yoga - Tridosha Theory - Ecological Aspects - Mental Health Aspects of Ayurveda - Ayurveda in North America – Discussion

eBook License: Copyright from The Journal of Nutrition and Human Health

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