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An Introduction to Ayurveda

M.S. Valiathan (Author)

This book is an introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine that had been practiced in the Indian subcontinent for several centuries. It seeks to acquaint the reader, without too many technical details, with the evolution of Ayurveda from its religious moorings to one based on reason and examination. It also discusses the strong influences of Buddhist thought on the development of Ayurvedic practices. The instruments and techniques used as well as the training methods for aspiring practitioners are discussed.

Contents: 1. Evolution of Healing. 2. Medicine in Buddhist India. 3. Basic concepts of Ayurveda. 4. Healthy Living (Swasthavrittha). 5. Food and Drinks. 6. Diseases. 7. Materia Medica. 8. Training in Medicine & Surgery. 9. Surgical Procedures. 10. Rejuvenation & Enhancement of Sexual Potency. 11. An Ayurvedic View of Life. 12. New Sprouts on an Age-old Tree.

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About the author

M.S. Valiathan

A native of Kerala, Dr. MS Valiathan received his medical education in India and subsequent training in surgery and cardiac surgery in the UK and USA. During a career spanning three decades as a cardiac surgeon and investigator, his major interests were cardiac surgery in children, studies on a tropical heart muscle disease and the development of cardiovascular devices. His contributions in these areas are embodied in a monograph and many scientific papers. A Vice-Chancellorship followed before he took up the study of the Caraka Samhita as Homi Bhabha Senior Fellow at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India. Dr. Valiathan is married to Ashima, an orthodontist. They have a daughter, Manna, and a son Manish.

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Bibliographic information

Title An Introduction to Ayurveda
Format Softcover
Date published: 11.03.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173718274
length viii+145p., Illustrations; 24cm.