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1st Edition

Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies

Edited By

Lakshmi C. Mishra

ISBN 9780849313660
Published September 29, 2003 by Routledge
656 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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"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