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Essentials of Ayurveda

L P Gupta (Author)
Synopsis The present Book on Essentials of Ayurveda has been aimed to provide a complete background of main Ayurvedic fundamentals, the Indian philosophical basis and the primitive historical aspects of Ayurveda. These are the essential footings for a student of Basic Principles of Ayurveda. The first part of the book has been completely devoted to basic components of life, the theory of evolution, the theory of Pancamahabhutas, Dosa-dhatu-mala vijnanas, Rasa-guna-virya-vipakas, agni-vyapar, aeteopathogenesis of diseases, vyadhiksamatva or immunity and the phenomenon of rebirth or punarjanma. The efforts have been made to fulfill the purpose in general to have a critical dispassionate and scientific study of above said Ayurvedic fundamentals and doctrines so that they may be understood in a proper way, with a view to apply the same intelligently and with advantage in practice. The second part embodies two sections viz., the Indian philosophical aspects and the primitive historical aspects of Ayurveda. Dealing with the philosophical aspects, an effort has been made to incorporate both the theistic and atheistic approaches of Indian system of philosophy. Carvaka, Jain and Bauddha darsanas have been precisely ascribed with a view to make the subject matter understandable to both the Ayurvedic and philosophical disciplines of students. Nyaya and Vaisesikas, have been dealt with full of their essentials and at the end an endeavor has been made to throw light on the synthesis of both the systems coming up under the heading of Navya-Nyaya system of Indian philosophy. Similarly, in Vedant system of philosophy, besides the Sankara (Advaita or monism) and Ramanujacarya (Qualified monism) views, the advaita propositions of Madhavacarya have also been incorporated to aim the subject matter get completed in its all respects. The section on primitive historical aspects of Ayurveda enlightens only the early phases of western and eastern history of medicine and more emphasis has been given to deal with and to establish a cronological development of Ayurveda with a view to bring it upto the stage of commencement of present scientific era of medicine. Aim behind this approach was to develop a link in between the unrecorded and recorded history of Indian System of medicine. Details of recorded history of Ayurveda have been knowingly ignored just to avoid the work become more voluminous. It is hoped and trusted that the material presented in all the three parts of small prints will serve the purpose of basic students and research scholars and will be-of great value to those who wishes to persue the subject more deeply.
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About the author

L P Gupta

Dr. L.P. Gupta was born on 15th July 1937, at Majhawa Village, Dist. Mirzapur, (UP). He completed his B.Sc. in 1956, from Science College, BHU. He obtained his A.B.M.S. degree from Ayurvedic College, BHU, in the year 1962 and completed his Ph.D. work in 1971.

After completing House-manship in 1963, he workd as a Ciba-Research Fellow for one year and then joined as a demonstrator in the Dept. of Basic Principle, I.M.S., B.H.U. in 1964. He became Lecturer in 1968, and was appointed as a Reader in 1984.

He received 1st prize of "Shri Hari-om Ashram Gold Medal Award", based on all India competition, in the 13th Annual Convocation held in 22nd. Dec. 1986, Gujrat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar.

Dr. Gupta has published many books, monographs and research papers in various National and International Journals. The present book is the latest in the series of his basic and fundamental contributions in the field of Ayurveda. Other famous books are "Positive Health Through Ayurveda" and "Essentials of Ayurveda" dealing with the non-medicinal measures to keep up the health and the basic footings to understand the Ayurveda as a whole respectively. 

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Title Essentials of Ayurveda
Author L P Gupta
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xii+464p., Illustrations; 23cm.