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Title The Roots of Ayurveda : selections from Sankskrit medical writings / translated with an introduction and notes by Dominik Wujastyk.

Published London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  615.53 ROOT    AVAILABLE
Edition Rev. ed.
Physical description xlviii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series Penguin classics.
Penguin classics (New Delhi, India)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-299) and index.
Contents Historical Context xv -- Classical Indian Medicine xvii -- Choice of Texts xxiv -- Caraka's Compendium 1 -- On Not Suppressing Natural Urges 15 -- On Eight Sets of Three 22 -- On Hospitals 35 -- On Epidemics 38 -- On Heredity 50 -- Susruta's Compendium 61 -- Use of Knives 83 -- Gaining Surgical Experience 86 -- Starting Out as a Surgeon 88 -- Plastic Surgery on the Ear and Nose 90 -- Diagnosis of Embedded Splinters 100 -- Extraction of Splinters 105 -- Blood and Bloodletting 109 -- On Breath and Wind 116 -- Rejuvenation Through Soma 125 -- Safeguarding Food and Drink 131 -- Stationary Poisons 139 -- Uses of Garlic (from the Bower Manuscript) 147 -- Uses of Garlic 154 -- Kasyapa's Compendium 161 -- Lady Opulence the Demoness Child-Killer 169 -- Vagbhata's Heart of Medicine 191 -- Desiring Long Life 205 -- Daily Regimen 212 -- Seasonal Regimen 217 -- Six Savours 225 -- Science of the Humours 230 -- Lethal Points on the Body 236 -- On Insanity 244 -- Sarngadhara's Compendium 253 -- On Weights, Measures and Definitions 261 -- Pulse, Omens, and Dreams 267 -- Introducing Medicine Through the Skin 269 -- On the Human Body 270.
Summary Ayurveda, the ancient art of healing, has been practised in India for over two thousand years, and survives today as a living medical tradition whose principles are at the heart of many of the complementary therapies now used in the West. This 'science of longevity' has parallels with Buddhist thought, and advocates a life of moderation through which the three humours of the body will be brought into balance. The practical advice offered here ranges from the benefits of garlic therapy to prayers for protection against malevolent disease deities, from surgical techniques to exercise regimes and from the treatment of poisons to the interpretation of dreams. The writings selected for this volume are taken from the Sanskrit medical texts written by the first Ayurvedic physicians, who lived between the fifth century BC and the fourteenth century AD. Dominik Wujastyk's authoritative translation is fresh and contemporary in feel, revealing Ayurveda as a timeless tradition.
Other author Wujastyk, D.
Subject Medicine, Ayurvedic.
ISBN 0140448241