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Altern Ther Health Med. 2001 Mar;7(2):44-50.

Healthcare and disease management in Ayurveda.

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  • 1Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS), SCUHS Whittier Health Center, Whittier, Calif., USA.


Because the disharmony of mental doshas (satogun, rajogun, and tamogun) and body doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) are the major cause of illness, the goal of illness management in Ayurveda is to bring back harmony among the doshas. The management includes clinical examination, diagnosis, and dietary and lifestyle interventions and treatment. The clinical examination consists of Astha Sthana Pariksha (8-point diagnosis: pulse-diagnosis, urine, stool, tongue, voice and body sound, eye, skin, and total body appearance examinations) and examination of the digestive system and the patient's physical strength. The treatment consists of cleansing (Panchkarma), palliation (improve digestion, remove toxic waste, fasting, observe thirst, exercise, sunbathing, and meditation), mental nurturing, and spiritual healing depending on the disturbed doshas and the patient's constitution. The preferred use of bhasms and herbal formulas over the respective metallic salts or the single herbs is discussed. This review suggests a great potential for integration of Ayurvedic therapies into the healthcare system in the United States.

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