Challenging the Indian Medical Heritage

By: Darshan Shankar and P.M. Unnikrishnan

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It is a well-known fact that throughtout our country there exists numerous folk traditions of local health care in all walks of life. There are two schematically distinguished of health in India. One refers to the written traditions of the great classical systems of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and the other one is orally transmitted folk practices, which lacks proper documentation. These traditional practices deal with a number of basic health techniques like treatment of common ailments and home remedies. In some communities there also exist special traditions like bone setting, visha chikitsa, treatment for certain chronic ailments, diagnostic methods such as naadi pareeksha. It is a fact that inspite of their great potential the paramparas are today in a weakened state. It is however, our conviction that a revitalization of these traditions can be brought about by encouraging an interaction of these traditions with the organized Indian system of medicine. The book is an attempt to introduce to the lay reader the medical traditions that exist in India. This attempt is along two lines. The first path is a general introduction to the codified system of medicine. It includes their recent history and their theoretical foundations. Examining one such system, Ayurveda, will do this. The second path addresses the realization that medical traditions are being ignored and that urgent action is called for to counteract this. The latter part of this book describes the work being done to document and revitalize the folk medical tradition. Contents Section I : Perspectives on Indian Medical Heritage Prologue 1. Community-based Oral Health Traditions in Rural India 2. Alternative Macro Visions 3. The Materia Medica of Ayurveda 4. Building A Bridge Between Local Health Cultures and Codified Traditions 5. Contemporary History Section II: Accounts of Living Health Traditions 1. Documentation and Revitalising Local Health Traditions 2. A Participatory Approach in Assessing Health Traditions 3. Health at Our Doorstep 4. Our Living Medical Heritage Section III : The Way Forward Epilogue About the Authors Abbreviations Glossary Appendix - Charts on Materia Medica Index List of Tables List of Figures List of Boxes. Printed Pages: 251.

Title: Challenging the Indian Medical Heritage

Author Name: Darshan Shankar and P.M. Unnikrishnan

Categories: India, Medicine and Medicinal Plants,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Foundation Books in association with Centre for Environment Education:

ISBN: 8175961872

ISBN 13: 9788175961876

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Seller ID: 027109

Keywords: Indian Medical Heritage Medicine India