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Consonances and dissonances: ancient Ayurveda and contemporary Ayurvedic clinical practice

Josyula K Lakshmi

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.082


The book Translational Ayurveda, authored by academics in Ayurvedic practice and research, lays out the terrain of the current practice of Ayurveda, setting it in the administrative and policy landscape of India as well as some other parts of the world, and describing the consonances and dissonances between the principles delineated in the classical texts, and contemporary teaching and practice. The book is divided into sections to (i) present the basic tenets of Ayurveda; (ii) describe the pharmaceutical formulations and modes of administration, and trace their history; (iii) elaborate the emphasis on protecting and promoting health, and preventing disease in Ayurveda; and (iv) detail clinical practice and research in particular disease conditions, viz cancer, diabetes mellitus, and skin ailments, and the role of sleep as a diagnostic and therapeutic marker. In addition to being a guide to the non-practitioner about the translation of classical Ayurveda to clinical and health-promoting practice in today’s world, this book highlights the roles of funding, policy support, and administration in the development of the field.

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