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Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies

1st Edition

Edited by Lakshmi C. Mishra


656 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Arguably the oldest form of health care, Ayurveda is often referred to as the "Mother of All Healing." Although there has been considerable scientific research done in this area during the last 50 years, the results of that research have not been adequately disseminated. Meeting the need for an authoritative, evidence-based reference, Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies is the first book to analyze and synthesize current research supporting Ayurvedic medicine.

This book reviews the latest scientific information, evaluates the research data, and presents it in an easy to use format. The editor has carefully selected topics based on the availability of scientific studies and the prevalence of a disease. With contributions from experts in their respective fields, topics include Ayurvedic disease management, panchkarma, Ayurvedic bhasmas, the current status of Ayurveda in India, clinical research design, and evaluation of typical clinical trials of certain diseases, to name just a few.

While there are many books devoted to Ayurveda, very few have any in-depth basis in scientific studies. This book provides a critical evaluation of literature, clinical trials, and biochemical and pharmacological studies on major Ayurvedic therapies that demonstrates how they are supported by scientific data. Providing a natural bridge from Ayurveda to Western medicine, Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies facilitates the integration of these therapies by health care providers.


"The book is written by over three dozen … experts and takes the reader from the general principles of Ayurveda to the specifics of this approach to health care. … All in all I found this book informative and well worth having. I recommend it to all who look for an authoritative … account of Ayurvedic medicine."

- Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Vol. 9(2), June 2004

Table of Contents



Globalization of Ayurveda, K. Kurup

Health Care and Disease Management in Ayurveda, L.C. Mishra

Clinical design and Evaluation of Ayurvedic Therapies, B.B. Singh, S.R. Vinjamury, and V. Singh

Panchkarma Therapy, A.K. Sharma

Immunomodulation, A. Mugantiwar

Basmas: Unique Ayurvedic Formulas, S. Raisuddin

Diabetes, L. C. Mishra and T. Adra

Thyroid Dysfunction, A. Kar and S. Panda

Obesity, R.A. Vaidya, B.A. Joshi, and N. S. Nabar

Arthritis, L. C. Mishra

Sciatica, S. Singh

Allergies, L.C. Mishra

Bronchial Asthma, R. Lodha

Liver Diseases and Liver Cancer, B. Premlatha and R. Govingrajan

Antimutagenic Therapies, S. Kaur

Cancer, M. Sahu and L. C. Mishra

Indigestion, S. K. Mitra and P.R. Rangesh

Constipation, S. K. Mitra

Hyperacidity, S. K. Mitra

Irritable Bowel, S. K. Mitra

Diarrhea and Dysentery, S. K. Mitra

Gastric and Duodenal Ülcers, K. Siaram

Cognitive Disorders (Alzheimers Disease), D.Vohora

Epilepsy, N. Kshirsagar, S. S. Delvi, N.J. Gotay, and H.A. Bhatt

Psychiatric Disorders, R.H. Singh and L. C. Mishra

Parkinson's Disease, L. C. Mishra and R. H. Singh

Male Reproduction Disorders, M. A. Akbarsha and A. Subramonium

Microbial Infections (Krami Roga), M. K. Rai

Eye Diseases, A. Phadke

Ischemic Heart Disease, K. Gautham and L.C. Mishra

Urolithiasis, I. Sanjivarao

Women's Diseases, V. Manjusha, N. Nagashaya, S. P. Vinjamury, and B.B. Singh


List of Ayurvedic Words and Meaning in English

List of Ayurvedic Herbs and Botanical Names

List of Manufacturers of Ayurvedic Products

List of Journals

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
MEDICAL / Alternative Medicine
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Pharmacology