Concepts like Health and Well-being are not exclusive products of the Western culture. Research has widely demonstrated that the representation of the body and of its pathologies, as well as treatment and healing practices vary across cultures in relation to social norms and beliefs.The culture of India is a melting pot of nine main Darshanas, or philosophical systems, that share the common core of a realization of the self in society. India's traditional health system, Ayurveda, is a result of the practical application of the Darshanas to the observation of human nature and behavior. Ayurveda conceptualizes health, disease and well-being as multidimensional aspects of life, and it seeks to preserve a balance in individuals among their biological features, their psychological features and their environmental demands. The Ayurveda approach to health is remarkably similar to the eudaimonic conceptualization of well-being proposed by positive psychology, and the basic tenets of Ayurveda are deeply consistent with the latest developments of modern physics, which stresses the substantial interconnectedness among natural phenomena and their substrates. This text shows how the approach to health developed in Ayurveda can be fruitfully integrated in a general view of health and well-being that encompasses cultural and ideological boundaries. Specifically, it details the conceptualization of health as an optimal and mindful interaction between individuals and their environment.
Number of pages: 209
Weight: 4616 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 14 mm
Edition: 2013 ed.
"This book offers the reader an interesting journey through both worlds, Indian and Western, describing their features, differences, and similarities. It is an excellent opportunity for any scholar interested in Indian traditional medicine to learn about Ayurveda and how this old philosophical knowledge of health and well-being could merge with the Western tradition. ... This book offers a comprehensive source of theoretical information about the Western and Indian traditions." (Marta Cimas, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 10, 2015)
"The volume takes an analytic approach to the issue of the differences between Indian and Western knowledge. ... An Integrated View of Health and Well-Being is written for an audience that includes social scientists and health practitioners. These writings will interest and likely educate those who are skeptical about the state of the art of medicine today, and who start with a constructionist framework and appreciate that concepts of health and illness are socioculturally determined." (Sunita Mahtani Stewart, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (13), March, 2014)
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