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.
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About the Author
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 Washington, Connecticut. He is Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and in 2004 was certified as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a consultant and in private practice in New Haven, Connecticut.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Frank Ninivaggi has now authored two superlatively useful, superbly written books on the heretofore inaccessible subject of Ayurvedic medicine. His slightly shorter 1999 work, "Elementary Textbook of Ayurveda" was a well-rounded introduction to ayurvedic medicine for those unfamiliar with this fascinating and complex subject. His current effort, "Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West" I look upon as a revision and an expansion of his earlier work. "Ayurveda: A Comprehensive Guide to Traditional Indian Medicine for the West" is more comprehensive than any of the other volumes widely available and intended to be read by the general public. That is likely because, like his first book, it is meant to be an introduction to Ayurveda for western-trained health professionals. Ayurveda is a lineage of healing that has evolved from the primordial past in a far-off land with an unimaginably different cultural context from the West and has endured through oral legacies of countless generations of healers as well as literal translations of radically varying quality and completeness. This text demands that Western readers peel off the sheaths of their way of thinking about the origins of matter and life - that is, discard their cultural preconceptions and - its most rewarding aspect - opens their eyes to a new way of thinking about health and healing. The book's eleven sections deal with, respectively, Ayurveda's background, history and development; its theoretical underpinnings; anatomy, physiology (focusing on the physiology of digestion), the concepts of prakriti and vikruti, the disease process, nutrition, behavioral medicine and swasthavritta (physical and mental hygiene), specific ayurvedic therapies and materia medica, the role of consciousness in health and disease, and ayurvedic psychiatry. One serious lack of Dr. Ninivaggi's earlier work has been remedied with the inclusion of an excellent and very useful index. This is surely among the very first books on Ayurveda that I would heartily encourage anyone to read: others include Robert Svoboda's "Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution" and David Frawley's "Ayurvedic Healing."