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Acupuncture Marma and Other Asian Therapeutic Techniques

D G Thatte (Author) Jaikrishnadas Ayurveda Series

Ayurveda, an ancient Indian System of medicine incorporates within itself, not only the techniques of treatment described in the samhita Texts, but many other traditional medicines, as well as manifold prescriptions. For a developing nation like India, the repository of expertise knowledge and treatment which has not come down to us through codified sources but has been coming down the ages through shakhas of specialist physicians by way of sruti can also prove of immense value for providing "Health to all". The various technical systems of treatment can be attributed to the practice of medicine and surgery that has either been handed over from one generation to the other by those who excelled in such areas through practical demonstrations. In Atharva Veda, however, three broad methods of treatment find mention viz. Daivi Chikitsa, Mantra Chikitsa and Asuri Chikitsa. Daivi Chikitsa included medical treatment, while Asuri Chikitsa involved surgical and other allied technological approaches such as 'Siravedha' and "Dagdha Chikitsa". Mantra Chikitsa, however, was a method of treatment that prescribed wearing gems and diamonds which were in consonance with the cosmic radiaction and light emitted in the atmosphere around and on the earth. Enigmatic as the system was, people termed it was mystic or magic treatment. The incantation or recitation of Mantra formed an integral part of Mantra Chikitsa. The concept sought its origine in the primeval sound (dhavani) which later come to be identified with the "Supreme reality" by one famous school of Grammarians.

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D G Thatte

Prof. D. G. Thatte born on 2nd August, 1930, in District Banda of Uttar Pradesh in a traditional Maharastrian Family with academic intent. From the very beginning Prof. Thatte was interested in Ayurveda and Insian medicine. Prof. Thatte got BMBS graduate degree from Lucknow University in 1957 with Gold Medal and M.D. Degree and Hon. Causea from West Germany and thereafter obtaines his doctorate from Sri lanka. Dr. Thatte opted for teaching career putting aside all the lucrative offers. As a dedicates teacher he reaches to the highest post of Principal-cum-Superintendent, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow beside holding the position of Head of PG Department of Sharir, State Ayurvedic College, Lucknow. Dr. Thatte also held administrative responsibilities of Additional Director, Ayurvedic & Unani Service, U.P. He was appointed as Guru (Prof.) of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, New Delhi a Government of India undertaking and visiting professor at Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He is also a member of a Core Group for teaching Ayurveda to Foreign Scholars at his institute. Prof. D.G. Thatte is founder Director/President of all India Sharir Research Institute and has tremendous experience in the field of Ayuveda teaching and research. He has contributed enormously on Sharir through scores of books and publications. During his illustrious career as a teacher and administrator Prof. Thatte was honoures with over dozens of awards and fellowships including State Award, Dr. Birbal Sahni Scientific Award, Ayurveda Shiromani Award, Ratna Sadasya of Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, New Delhi. Prof. Thatte has also been honoured by Inernational Award of. Excellence in Ayurveda by Ayurveda Academy, Pune (Recognized Institution of Pune University). He has been honoured with Life Time Achievement Award by NIMA State Branch of Uttar Pradesh. He has been honoured by the title of Ayurveda Martand by All India Ayurvedic Specialist Association, Pune (INDIA) in the year 2006. Prof. Thatte has been participating in international and national conferences as invited speaker or chairperson. Dr. Thatte has contributed around 80 papers in various international and national journals and has also published more than a dozen of books. Prof. Thatte is still active even when he has attained the age of 79 and is being regularly invited as an expert for interviewing candidates in different selection committees of Indian Universities and also as an eminent personality of  Ayurveda to deliver key note addresses or guest lectures. Prof. Thatte has an army of talented and devoted disciples as his followers. Similarly Prof. Thatte has number of eminent scholarly friends in Ayurvedic World. It is to his great credit that his devoted disciples hailing from all over the country celebrated his 75th birth anniversary in the form of "Amrit Mahostsav" and felicitated him by an "Amrit Kalash" (Silver Gold) and also gold Plated Crown in Feb. 1994 alongwtih a citation on silver plate. This felicition was done by the hands of then His Excellency, Hon. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Shri Vishnukant Shastri. Prof. Thatte has been invited to deliver and also guest lecturers in western world like West Germany, Sweden and also Colombo Sri Lanka. He has chaired in an International conference on Acupuncture and delivered a guest lecture on Marma Science at Colombo, Sri Lanka in the year 1983.

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Title Acupuncture Marma and Other Asian Therapeutic Techniques
Author D G Thatte
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2006
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
length viii+132p., Tables; Figures; 26cm.