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.