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Ayurveda for Modern Medical Practitioners

The science of Ayurved is considered an Upanga (subpatt) of Atharva Veda when it was written in text form. But 600 B.C. was the beginning of most creative period of this Ancient Indian Medicine as stated by Dr. P. Kutumbiah. It was in this period that a galaxy of medical teachers and stalwarts like Atreya the physician and Sushrat the surgeon made it a leading science of healthcare in the world and sowed the seeds of scientific temper. Keen observations, discussions, experiments, documen-tation and putting them into practice for the betterment of the human race was the order of those times and went on up to 200 A,D. Though it gradually declined after that, so many concepts, postulations and remedies are relevant and useful in health care of today.
This book explains them in an inquisitive manner which can be appreciated by a modern practitioner. It serves as a foundation material explained in an explicit way. Every statement is supported with reference from classical text of Samhitas. Clinical subjects are discussed more elaborately. They are described in modern scientific perspective without losing the fabric of Ayurvedic concepts. This is also useful for an ISM practitioner as a reference book. Any medical person who wants to have a holistic picture of the science of Ayurved will welcome this book.

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The science of Ayurved is considered an Upanga (subpatt) of Atharva Veda when it was written in text form. But 600 B.C. was the beginning of most creative period of this Ancient Indian Medicine as stated by Dr. P. Kutumbiah. It was in this period that a galaxy of medical teachers and stalwarts like Atreya the physician and Sushrat the surgeon made it a leading science of healthcare in the world and sowed the seeds of scientific temper. Keen observations, discussions, experiments, documen-tation and putting them into practice for the betterment of the human race was the order of those times and went on up to 200 A,D. Though it gradually declined after that, so many concepts, postulations and remedies are relevant and useful in health care of today.
This book explains them in an inquisitive manner which can be appreciated by a modern practitioner. It serves as a foundation material explained in an explicit way. Every statement is supported with reference from classical text of Samhitas. Clinical subjects are discussed more elaborately. They are described in modern scientific perspective without losing the fabric of Ayurvedic concepts. This is also useful for an ISM practitioner as a reference book. Any medical person who wants to have a holistic picture of the science of Ayurved will welcome this book.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8170843842
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2008
  • Pages : xvi, 520p.
  • Size : 23
  • Weight (approx.) : 850
  • Bibliographic Details : Index; Bibliography

Introduction

SECTION I
Medical Education and General Concepts of Health Care

Chapter 1 - Literature - Review of Samhitas [Layout of sections, chapters and contents]
Chapter 2 - The Human Being [Genesis of Panchamahabhutas and Dosha-Dhatu-Mala]
Chapter 3 - The Making of a Physician [Selection, Admission, Training and Registration]
Chapter 4 - Professional Practice and Ethics [Professional conduct and duties, Ethics]
Chapter 5 - Positive Health [Concepts of Positive Lifestyle (swasthavritta) leading to Positive Health]
Chapter 6 - Swastha-vritta [Concepts of Preventive and Social Medicine and Rules of Ethical Behaviour]
Chapter 7 - Ritucharya [Seasonal cycle and Regimens for each Season]
Chapter 8 - Prakriti [Genotype and Phenotype Constitution - Concept and Application]
Chapter 9 - Agni [Food metabolism, Tissue and Cell metabolism]

SECTION II
Anatomy and Phygiology

[ Rachana Shareer and Kriya shareer ]
ANATOMY

Chapter 1 - Classification of Body Parts [General - membranes, organs, systems, tissues, Chest and Abdomen -15 major organs, Head and Neck - cognivite organs and vessels, Other entities - bones, joints, plexuses etc.]
Chapter 2 - Vessels and Systems [Vessels, Channels, Systems, Vital points, Surface anatomy]

PHYSIOLOGY

Chapter 3 - Basic Concept - Dosha-Dhatu-Mala    
Chapter 4 - Digestion (Aharaparinaman)    
Chapter 5 - Circulation (Rasasamvahan)    
Chapter 6 - Metabolism (Dhatuparinaman)    
Chapter 7 - Respiration (Shwasan)    
Chapter 8 - Excretion (Malavisarjan)    
Chapter 9 - Reproduction (Prajanan) 

SECTION III Pharmacology - Pharmacopoea - Dietetics

Chapter 1 - Basic Pharmacology    
Chapter 2 - Pharmacy [Pharmaceutics and Drugs, Pharmaceutical preparations]
Chapter 3 - Pharmacopoea [Ganas, Agryashata, Commonly used Preparations]
Chapter 4 - Single Medicinal Drugs [Description of forty selected drugs]
Chapter 5 - Rasa-shastra [Overview - Concept of use of metals, safety, efficacy, Rasaushadhis and Bhasmas]
Chapter.6 - Ahar - Dietetics [Importance of Food and J^asa, Groups and Pharmacology of individual food articles, Diet procedures, Ahar and Health]

SECTION IV Rasayan and Vajikaran
[Concepts & Modalities]

Chapter 1 - Rasayan [Concept, Categories, Methods; Modalities & Actions; Specific Rasayanas by Vagbhat General considerations]
Chapter 2     -  Vajikaran [Rasayan, Vrishya and Vajikar; Reproductive tissue, the End product. Methods and Prerequisites; Drugs and Regimens]

SECTION V
Atur-vritta - General Medicine

[Clinical Methods, Diagnosis and Therapeutics; Disease Entities]

Chapter 1 - Scope of Atur-vritta fClinical methods; Knowledge of disease process and Treatment] Chapter 2 - Diagnostic Criteria and General Principles [Rogi-pareeksha, Roga-pareeksha, Rogavishesha-vijnan, General Pathogenesis of a Disease]
Chapter 3 - General Principles of Treatment [Dosha-wise, System-wise, Tissue-wise Pathway of Diagnosis and Treatment]
Chapter 4 - General Therapeutics [The two modalities - Shaman and Shodhan; General guidelines for treatment, Dosha-wise and Infrastructure or System wise]
Chapter 5 - Panchakarma [Speciality and Basic Principles of Shodhan, Pre-panchakarma procedures and Main procedures]
Chapter 6 - Digestive Disorders [Ajeerna, Alasaka, Visuchika, Atisar, Grahani, Pravahika]
Chapter7 - Prameha - Diabetes [Aetiopathology, Types, Trtatment, Peedikas]
Chapter 8 - Sandhivata - Arthritis [Two types - Vatarakta and Amavata (Rheumatiod and Osteoarthritis); Miscellaneous entities]
Chapter 9 - Kamala - Jaundice [Bahupitta, Ruddhapatha (Infective & Obstructive)]
Chapter 10 - Symptomactic Treatment [Fever, Respiratory diseases, Digestive disorders, Joint disorders, URTI, Psychosomatic disorders, Skin diseases, Miscellaneous entities]
Chapter 11 -  Surgery [General note, Ksharasutra]

SECTION VI Kaumarabhritya
[Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Paediatrics]

Chapter 1 - Reproductive Health    
Chapter 2 - Physiology of Menstruation    
Chapter 3 - Yonivyapat - Gynaecological disorders    
Chapter4 - Raktapradar - DUB    
Chapter 5 - Pradar - Leucorrhoea    
Chapter 6 - Menopause    
Chapter 7 - Conception - Garbhasambhav    
Chapter 8 - Safe Motherhood    
Chapter 9 - Antenatal and Postnatal management    
Chapter 10 - Sterility - Vandhyatva    
Chapter 11 - Family Planning    
Chapter 12 - Child Care - Kaumarabhritya    
Chapter 13 - Diseases of Children    
Chapter 14 - Balagraha [Afflication with Grahas] 

SECTION VII Database
[Basic Information]

Article 1 - Basic terms    
Artide 2 - Doshas    
Artide 3 - Vata    
Artide 4 - Pitta    
Articlc 5 - Kapha    
Article 6 - Srotasas - Systems    
Article 7 - Dravyaguna    
Article 8 - Rasa        
Artide 9 - Vipak    
Artide 10 - Veerya    
Article 11 - Prabhav    
Epilogue  

Appendices

1.    Abbreviations    
2.    Posology [Man-paribhasha]    
3.    Botanical Index    
4.    Glossary    
Index    
Bibliography

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