Overview for Unified Dimensions of Ayuredic Medicine
"The Unified Dimensions of Ayurvedic Medicine" is a unique and unprecedented treatise of its kind. It gives a scientific interpretation and discussion on the principles and practice of Ayurveda in a most comprehensive way. It attempts to unify and synthesize the diverse and some of the less understood aspects of Ayurveda, giving scientific background behind, what is apparently understood as the philosophical and metaphysical concepts e.g. Shrishti Utpatti Krama (cosmogenesis), Prakriti (ultimate matter), Mahat (cosmic intellgence) etc. The subsequent part of the book discusses the formation of animate objects, their biophysical, bio-energetic and biological aspects of functioning and relationship of these aspects to the body and mind. The functioning of the entire living system has been illustrated citing the example of the mental phenomenon of cognition and the Nootropic (cognitive enhancer) drugs. It also illustrates how the different kinds of non pharmacological therapies viz. Daiva-vyapashraya and Sattvavajaya bring about changes in mind and body of a patient through bio-energetic mechanisms. The book ends with the few important scientific studies conducted with nootropic drugs of Ayurveda in various clinical conditions, bringing the entire concepts to the most practical level.
A broad outlook over the fundamentals of Ayurveda reveals that they can be classified into philosophical and metaphysical, biophysical, bio-energetic and pure biological concepts. These apparent diverse concepts lead to confusion even to a sincere pursuer of Ayurveda. The underlying scientific wisdom has been brought out in the present work with a view to unify and synthesize these dimensions into a single reality, so that they can be applied into practice of medicine.
Thus, the book has widespread utility to a range of scholars sincerely interested to understand Ayurveda. This is extremely useful for postgraduate M.D. (Ay.) students especially in the disciplines of Kayachikitsa, Manas Roga, Basic Principles, Vikriti Vijnan, Sharir Kriya etc.
J.S. Tripathi (Author)
Dr. Jyoti Shanker Tripathi is emerging as one of the shining stars in the galaxy of growing Ayurvedic scholars of the country. He has a brilliant academic career glittering with several distinctions and prizes. Dr. Tripathi got his graduate degree, BAMS, from State Ayurvedic College, Varanasi in 1989 affiliated to Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varansi. He completed Doctor of Medicine (Ay.) in 1993 in Kayachikitsa with specialization in Manas Roga Vijnana (Ayurvedic Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychiatry) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Kayachikitsa in 2002, both from the prestigious faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi under the guidance of his illustrious mentor and internationally renowned erudite scholar Prof. R.H. Singh. He was also awarded the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) honoris causa by the Open International University for complementary medicines (O.I.U. C.M.), Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1998 for his contributions in field of Ayurveda. He was also given "Charakashree" citation by Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad in 2007. Dr. Tripathi is presently working as Reader in the Department of Kayachikitsa and Incharge of the Division of Manas Chikitsa in the faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and has published about 50 research papers and contributed four expert chapters in different books. He has delivered about two dozen orations, guest lectures/keynote addresses in various national and international seminars and CMEs. Being a reputed teacher and Researcher, he is also involved in guiding M.D. (Ay.) and Ph.D. Scholars. He is one of the principal investigator in the Golden Triangle Research Partnership Programme, I.C.M.R., New Delhi; Peripheral co-ordinator in National Pharmaco-vigilance programme for ASU drugs and member of module and manual subcommittee of National Geriatric compaign. Besides being member of several academic organizations, Dr. Tripathi is also the secretary of Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of India (AAPI).