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Author: P J Thottam
Publisher: Sura Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174786406
Ayurveda is the Indian traditional form of medicine and treatment. Ayurveda, which conveys the meaning' Knowledge of Life' has flourished here since time immemorial. It is based on the philosophy, Prevention is better than cure. However, it offers a lasting cure to patients suffering from various diseases.
It is not only a system to cure diseases but the system teaches us how to achieve Perfect Health for diseased or abnormal conditions and how to lead our life, both physical and mental, to attain the bliss of real life.
It is almost as old as mankind and at the same time so new as modern man that no disease is there which is incurable or uncontrollable unless missed too much.
According to ayurveda, human body is composed of three fundamental elements called Doshas-which represent the physico-chemical and physiological activities of the body, Dhatu which denotes the materials entering into the formation of a basic structure of the body cell, thereby performing some basic actions and Malas the substances which are partly used in the body and partly exerted in yet another form after serving their physiological activities.
Doshas are three-vata, pitta, and kapha and they may not be equal and same in all. According to the Dominance of each dosha every man is categorized to different types.
Physical and mental co-operation of the patient to make necessary changes in his life style and food habits also are essential to attain the natural dynamic balance of the doshas and once that balance is maintained the illness is gone.
It describes how to live to avoid disease in each climate and how can perfect health be maintained throughout the life. Ayurveda has a separate branch called Rasayana to maintain youth and vitality to recover lost health in diseased conditions.
In Ayurveda, all treatment is aimed at building up the strength of the person which would help him to lead a healthy and happy life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DR P J THOTTAM, BSC, RIMP (SIDDHA), BSc graduate from the Madras University (1959), Registered with the Central Board of Indian medicine, New Delhi as a medical practitioner (1975). Member of the Expert study group for siddha medicine by the Central council for Research for Ayurveda & Siddha Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Govt of India, New Delhi (1987).
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