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Knowing the Ayurvedic body and its relationship to the environment

By Carlos J. Moreno Leguizamon

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Medical systems like Ayurveda and Biomedicine are social institutions embedded in the heart of numerous societies which bind human groups and assures the continuity and stability of society. Ayurveda, ---“the science of life,” “the knowledge of life,”— is one of the oldest medical system in the world. It also represents some of the South Asian conceptualizations with respect to issues of health and illness and body and “mind”. As in Biomedicine, its Western equivalent, these conceptualizations have a multidimensional and pervasive history that takes place within a social, cultural, political, philosophical and economic context. However Ayurvedic medicine does not make a division between mind and body as in the Western medical system of Biomedicine. This presentation will therfore describe and discuss how Ayurveda represents the body on one hand, and on the other, how this representation addresses some angle related to the sustainability and maintenance of health in the body, rather than simply the eradication of disease in the body

Topics: QP, RA
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