Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West by Frank John NinivaggiAyurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West by Frank John Ninivaggi

Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West

byFrank John Ninivaggi

Paperback | September 16, 2010

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Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word, denotes the Traditional Medicine of India. Translated as the science of life, the term more accurately implies the wisdom in living. Several thousand years old, its ancient roots produced an integrated body of enduring knowledge and practice incorporating medicine, psychology, aesthetics, philosophy, the humanities, and spirituality. Yet, it goes beyond only immediate care of health symptoms and illnesses by suggesting principles and practices for overall self-development and good health. This book offers the reader a concise yet detailed overview of thousands of years of deep thought and clinical work aimed at improving the human condition. Concentrating on healing and prevention, the practice is intended to restore balance and instill better health through consciousness and the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Through Ayurveda, Dr. Ninivaggi offers guidelines toward achieving a better quality of life and health in all areas of one's life.
Frank John Ninivaggi, M.D. is an Associate Attending Physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Yale Child Study Center, and a member of the Yale-New Haven Community Medical Group. He is the Medical Director of the Devereux Glenholme School in Washing...
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Title:Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 9.13 × 6.06 × 1.16 inPublished:September 16, 2010Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442207094

ISBN - 13:9781442207097

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Table of Contents

1 Preface 2 Introduction 3 1 BACKGROUND, HISTORY, AND DEVELOPMENT 4 2 THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND AN OVERVIEW 5 3 ANATOMY 6 4 PHYSIOLOGY AND DIGESTION 7 5 PRAKRUTI AND VIKRUTI 8 6 HEALTH AND THE DISEASE PROCESS. I 9 7 HEALTH AND THE DISEASE PROCESS. II 10 8 NUTRITION AND DIET IN AYURVEDA 11 9 LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIORAL REGIMENS IN AYURVEDA AND IN YOGA 12 10 AYURVEDIC THERAPIES, PANCHAKARMA, AND MATERIA MEDICA 13 11 THE CULTIVATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS 14 12 THE BIOPSYCHOSPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE IN CONTEMPORARY CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY 15 EPILOGUE 16 APPENDIX 1 AYURVEDIC ORAL AND WRITTEN TRADITION TIMELINE 17 APPENDIX 2 DISEASES CAUSED BY THE DOSHAS 18 APPENDIX 3 CLINICAL CASE EXAMPLES

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Written by a North American psychiatrist, this is a first-rate introduction to a set of traditional medical theories and practices from India that are represented as an organized system of healing principles and clinical interventions. In India, Ayurveda has enjoyed a postcolonial resurgence, and elsewhere it finds a place today among alternative and complementary forms of medicine. Healing as a process of restoring balance through exercise and physical manipulation, prescribed diet, and carefully selected herbal remedies is a key feature of Ayurveda. Ninivaggi gives these components full attention, but is particularly interested in Ayurveda's philosophical background as relevant to his own practice through an emphasis on cultivation of consciousness that inspires a biopsychospiritual perspective for clinical psychiatry, drawn from the ancient East and the modern West. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and his former student Deepak Chopra earlier popularized Ayurveda in the West; Ninivaggi's book reflects the more nuanced consideration that Ayurveda is receiving now....Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.