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Traditional Indian Medicine: With Specific Reference to Buddhist and Tribal Medicine

Amit Jha (Author)
Synopsis Traditional medical science in India, is to some extent, gradually accumulated practical and systematic knowledge. They are (viz. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, etc.) very ancient, deep rooted and codified. They have their origins in the remote past, their systematisation and canonisation gave rise to the elite (the Greater Tradition) medical science.

This work has been organized around two interrelated themes: (a) to highlight the existence of the Ayurveda, Buddhist medicine, Tribal medicine, etc., as integral components of traditional medicine in India and then (b) examine the evolution of the Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa), a hybrid Buddhist medicine as a creative combination of Ayurveda, the Himalayan (Tribal) medicine and Buddhist medicine. Tibetans use an ancient form of medicine known as Gso-wa Rig-pa or Sowa Rigpa based on Buddhism. Sowa-Rigpa means 'science of healing' and the practitioners of this medicine are known as Amchi (superior to all). It has been practiced in Tibet, the Himalayan regions and central Asia since ancient times. Sowa-Rigpa originated from India1 and it is still practiced in Ladakh and Paddar-Pangay regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling- Kalimgpong (WB), etc., In recent times, apart from Asian countries, Tibetan medicine has also become popular in the western world especially in the USA and many European nations. But it's popularity in the Indian mainstream is still awaited. Therefore, in this work, we have tried to discuss Sowa Rigpa, exclusively.
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About the author

Amit Jha

He did his graduation (1984-87) and post graduation (1987-89) in history from Hansraj College, Delhi. He completed his M.Phll ((1993) and Ph.D (2001) from the Deptt. of History (North Campus) Delhi University. Since 1993, He has been teaching Ancient Indian History at Sri Aurobindo College (day), Delhi University. He has worked on one minor project and three major projects sponsored by the UGC.

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Bibliographic information

Title Traditional Indian Medicine: With Specific Reference to Buddhist and Tribal Medicine
Author Amit Jha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788189131357
length xxiii+371p., Illustrations; 23cm.