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Scratching the surface of Ayurveda

This week we’ve gone a bit further and somehow a bit backward with our research!  We’ve gone a bit further in finding more sources and reading copious amount or material, but we’ve gone backward in the sense that there is so much material available!

Ayurveda has been continuously practiced since its inception which may have been before 600 BCE.   There are three major root texts were completed in the 1st, 4th and 5th century CE and have continued to be relevant to modern medicine.  The prime example is Rauwolfia, a traditional medicine for anxiety and headaches, which is now used to treat hypertension.

There are 8 major branches of Ayurveda that cover, internal medicine, surgery of the head and neck, general surgery, psychiatry, pharmaceutical uses of plants and chemicals, pediatrics, aging, and fertility.  And these practices are focused on prevention and early treatment of disease. They are designed to address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of patients concurrently rather than separately.  This connection between mental and physical healing is something that western medicine has been catching on to over the last few decades. An example of this can be found in Robert Ulrich’s work in the late 70’s and early 80’s that showed a connection between rooms with pleasing views and faster patient recovery times.

You’d think you could bang out 250 words in less than half a day!  Well not me when I am on a research roll! Thank you for reading!

We have found some excellent sources for this post, they are:

Ulrich, R.S., 1984. View through a Window May Influence Recovery from Surgery. Science, 224(4647), pp.420–421

‘History of Ayurveda … a heritage of healing’ Hindu Online September 9, 2018

Lobay, Douglas. “Rauwolfia in the Treatment of Hypertension.” Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal 14.3 (2015): 40–46. Print.

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