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An Elementary Textbook of Ayurveda: Medicine with a Six Thousand Year Old Tradition

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2002 - Spring


by Frank John Ninivaggi, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the Child Study Center

International Universities Press Inc. (Madison, Conn.) 2001

The author presents the first scholarly description of the origins, development and theories of Ayurveda (Sanskrit for life wisdom), a traditional Hindu system of medicine. One of the oldest extant organized bodies of medical knowledge, Ayurveda is emerging as a leader in the field of complementary medicine. The concept of the person as a bio-psychospiritual, integrated field, who is in responsive, dynamic interaction with other persons as well as with nature, is introduced, and its implications for health and disease are explored.

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