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Psychotherapy (Sattvavajaya Chikitsa) in Ayurveda

Ajay Kumar Sharma (Author) Rajika Gupta (Author) Amit Kumar Sharma (Author) Haridas Ayurveda Series
Synopsis The book “Psychotherapy (Sattvavajaya Chikitsa) in Ayurveda” written by the well known author Professor Ajay Kumar Sharma & Associates is a complete and comprehensive treatise on the subject. This is the first book in English which deals with the subject in all completeness and clarity covering all aspects of “Psychotherapy” as descried in various modern medical texts and various treatise of Ayurveda. The entire text is richly supported with original reference from Ayurvedic classics. Latest information regarding Psychotherapy has been incorporated with the objective of providing basic knowledge to readers. The book is meant especially for Ayurvedic students, physicians and teachers for creating awareness among masses about the dependable holistic approach of Ayurveda in the management and prevention of  “Mental Diseases.”

Ayurveda has always laid a special emphasis on the maintenance and promotion of health and prevention of disease rather than on the curative aspects. In modern science of medicine continuous and prolonged use of sedatives, tranquilizers, anxiolytics and hypnotics for treating various mental ailments has resulted in rebound phenomenon and drug dependence causing further frustration and decline in mental health status. Ayurveda propounds many methods to boost up mental health. The available literature in Ayurvedic texts regarding mental health and mental disorders is very little and in a scattered form. Although pharmacological management for certain mental disorders has been described elaborately but description of non-pharmacological approach to develop an alternate non-pharmacological management is very brief. Therefore, there is a dire need to develop an alternate non-pharmacological approach equivalent to psychotherapy of modern medicine for the management of mental diseases. On the basis of description and similarities in the approaches of both systems of medicine, Sattvavajaya Chikitsa of Ayurveda can be developed as and Ayurvedic substitute for modern psychotherapy. The principles of psychotherapeutic management of various mental disorders as described in Ayurvedic classics and allied literature can be modulated in a form, which can serve the purpose of psychotherapy.
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About the authors

Ajay Kumar Sharma

Born on May 31st, 1954 Professor Ajay Kumar Sharma graduated in Ayurveda with Medicine and Surgery from A & U. Tibbia College, New Delhi in 1976 with throughout top rank career. He received many awards and prizes for his outstanding career. He did his M.D (Ay.) and Ph.D. from B.H.U. under the guidance of his illustrious mentor Professor R.H. Singh. Prof. Sharma is now the senior most Professor and Head of the P.G. Department of Kayacikitsa and Deputy Medical Superintendent of the Hospitals at National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur. He is the chief Ayurvedic Physician inthe Institute. In the capacity of a reputed Ayurvedic physician, a capable teacher and an outstanding researcher, Professor Sharma has published several standard books on Ayurveda and over 110 research papers in various Journals of National and International reputation. He has contributed a chapter to the prestigious book "Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies" published by CRC Press, USA. He has produced 35 M.Ds under his dynamic supervision. He is the expert member of several committees and learned societies in India. Prof. Sharma has been short listed as an Ayurvedic epert for short term deputation to University of Natal, South Africa to help them in drawing course curriculum and setting up faculty for starting diploma/graduate degree course in Ayurveda.

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Rajika Gupta

Dr. Rajika Gupta, M.D. (Ay.); Ph.D.; Yoga Senior Lecturer, P.G. Department of Swasthvritta, R.G. Govt. P.G. Ayurvedic College, Paprola (Kangra), Himachal Pradesh.

Amit Kumar Sharma

Throughout a busy professional career that got underway in 1991, Dr. Amit Kumar Sharma has functioned as sociologist, Indologist, writer, columnist and, increasingly, as philosopher of indic civilization. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in well over 200 articles in English and Hindi. He has also written 6 books dealing with Sociology, Indian Society, and Culture and Gandhian ideology. He is a multilingual person who frequently writes both in Hindi and English languages. As an academician his main areas of concern are Cinema and Culture in India, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Civilizations, Sociological Theories and Indology.

He has obtained his M.Phil and PhD degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did his masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has been teaching Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi since 1999.

In addition to his professorial and professional activities, Amit Kumar Sharma has been active in public sphere about politics in India, Gandhian philosophy, Hindi cinema and emerging global order. Presently, he is the brand ambassador of brandbihar.com, website that promotes the culture of Indina ethos in 189 countries.

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Bibliographic information

Title Psychotherapy (Sattvavajaya Chikitsa) in Ayurveda
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788190987141
length xiii+207p., Illustrations; Bibliography; 21cm.