1st Edition

Ayurvedic Inheritance A Reader's Companion

By M S Valiathan Copyright 2024
    244 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is a companion to Āyurvedic studies. It discusses the history and evolution of Ayurveda, its philosophy, and its practical uses in everyday life—from medicine to mental wellbeing.

    It harks back to the traditional Indian concept of four aspects of lifelong learning. These were instruction by the teacher, individual effort, learning from companions and lastly, wisdom gathered over a lifetime.

    Print edition not for sale in South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan)

    1. Roots of Āyurveda

    2. Traditional Medicine in Buddhist India

    3. Evolution of Āyurveda from Caraka to Vāgbhaṭa

    4. Philosophical Ideas in Āyurveda

    5. Body in Health

    6. Body in Disease

    7. Food and Drinks

    8. A Code For Living

    9. Clinical Medicine

    10. Medical Treatment of Diseases

    11. Drugs (Dravyas) and Taste (Rasa)

    12. Surgical Treatment of Diseases

    13. Treatment of Fractures; Selected Surgical Procedures

    14. Rejuvenation (Rasāyana) and Enhancement of Sexual Potency (Vājīkaraṇa)

    15. Training of A Physician

    16. A Science Initiative in Āyurveda (ASIIA)

    17. Musings on Āyurveda

    18. Quotations


    M S Valiathan; National Research Professor, Manipal University, Manipal, India