Experiencing the ancient indian healthcare science of ayurveda through the immersive experiential prism of a scholar from the global north west visiting an ayurveda centre in coastal Karnataka

Basavaraj S. Hadapad, Anupama V. Nayak, Chaitanya Sanjay Mishra

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Abstract

Ayurveda is an ancient age-old practice that for many centuries has developed to become the principle teaching of how to live a healthy lifestyle: “Ayurveda, the ancient traditional medicine of India, defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The focus of Ayurveda is on a predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. This is obtained through low-cost personalized counseling about lifestyle measures (diet, activities, etc.), trying to involve the patient directly in the process of healing, increasing his self-awareness and good relationships with other people and nature”. Ayurveda approaches health from a holistic perspective. Its goal is not to reduce pain, as most modern medicine does, but to prevent it: “The person-centered point of view of Ayurveda mainly concerns the maintenance of an abiding health, preventing rather than treating diseases. If our health is compromised, the treatment resides in restoring the balance between the affected functions, the tissues, the environment and the whole organism. The nature of the individual is a parameter on which the whole system’s scale is tuned.”

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4368-4372
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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