The most widespread of these systems, and the most famous is Ayurveda, the science (veda) of longevity (ayur), an ancient medical system whose main theories were already fixed more than two thousand years ago. As we know from the oldest texts which have come down to us, Ayurveda is first and foremost remarkable for its scientific purpose. It may be described as based on reasoned observation, and offers a rudimentary but rational system of interpretation of the constitution of the body, its vital functions and diseases, according to a holistic approach to man that includes all somatic and psychine symptoms.
In the Western world, Ayurveda was unknown for a very long time outside a few specialist circles. It is only during the last ten of fifteen years that some ayurvedic practices (or what are so described) have begun to spread in America and Europe, especially in Germany, Italy and France. Unfortunately, this popularsation has not always been accompanied until now by a critical reflection on the authenticity safety and efficacy of practices whose antiquity and efficacy tend too often to be exaggerated by the western press.
In this little book I have endeavoured to present an overall view of the traditional medicine of India from its origins until the present day describing in turn its history its theoretical foundations its methods of prevention and treatment the medical profession and lastly its present status and future prospects.
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This is an ideal and brilliant book for readers wanting to know more about the Ayurveda and the other system of traditional medicine firmly in its historical context, and provides a reliable and unbiased survey. Topics covered include: the origin and development of Indian medicine its place in modern India and the world and the theoretical and practical aspects of actual medical diagnosis prognosis and therapy. Mazars book takes account of the best of contemporary scholarship, and presents the results in a concise and easily understood format.
Dr. Guy Mazars, the former Secretary General of the European Centre of the history of Medicine, is Head of the Group for research in ethnomedicine at the University of Strasbourg (France), and is President of the European Society of Ethnopharma -cology. The author received his Ph.D. in Indian Civilisation from the University of Strasbourg in 1976. A pupil of the French indologist Jean Filliozat (1906-1982), he has been studying Indian Traditional Medicine and Pharmacopoeia for over 25 years and has published numerous papers on the history of Ayurveda and the study of Indian medicinal plants.
|Note on the transcription||ix|
|Indian Medicine across the Centuries||1-24|
|I||From the Origins to the Birth of Ayurveda|
|II||The Period of the Great Medical Corpuses|
|III||The Development of Ayurveda|
|IV||Siddha Medicine and Greco-Arab Medicine|
|V||The Spread of Ayurveda|
|VI||Western Medicine and Indian Medicine|
|VII||The Revival of Traditional Medicines|
|The conceptual Foundations of Indian Medicine||25-46|
|I||Philosophical Foundations of Ayurveda|
|II||Knowledge of Anatomy|
|III||Representations of the Vital Functions|
|V||Diseases and Pathology|
|VI||Diagnosis and Prognosis|
|I||Hygiene and Life Style|
|II||Yoga and Remedial Gymnastics|
|III||Food and Dietetics|
|IV||Tonics and Aphrodisiacs|
|V||The Preventive Application of Massages|
|I||The "Pancakarman" Therapy|
|II||Drugs of Natural Origin|
|The Medical Profession||81-94|
|I||The Medical Establishment|
|IV||The Physician in traditional Indian Society|
|V||Modern Day Training of the Traditional Physician|
|Indian Medicine and Scientific Research||95-106|
|I||Research in Indian Medicine|
|II||Remedies still in Current Use|
|III||The Indian Pharmaceutical Industry|
|IV||Exploration and Development of the Traditional Pharmacopoeia|
|V||The Future of the Traditional Medicines of India|
Item Code: IDI065 Author: Guy Mazars Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2006 Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 812083058X Size: 6.3"X 9.7" Pages: 127
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