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EPMA J. 2011 Dec;2(4):459-65. doi: 10.1007/s13167-011-0132-8. Epub 2011 Dec 1.

Salutogenesis and Ayurveda: indications for public health management.

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Ayurvedic Point, C.SO Sempione 63, 20149 Milan, Italy ; SSIMA, Italian Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine, C.SO Sempione 63, 20149 Milan, Italy.


Ayurveda, the ancient traditional medicine of India, defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The focus of Ayurveda is on a predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. This is obtained through a low-cost personalized counseling about lifestyle measures (diet, activities, etc.), trying to involve the patient directly in the process of healing, increasing his self-awareness and good relationships with other people and nature. The approach of Ayurveda toward positive health shares its features with that of salutogenesis as described by Antonovsky. Prevention strategies pragmatically suggested by Ayurveda - including factors such as promotion of health education, individual awareness, integration of spirituality and ethics in healthcare system- may be applied in public health management, in order to improve perceived and objective life quality, promote healthy aging, limit drugs use (avoiding expensive side-effects) and reduce chronic diseases social costs. Ayurveda has a universal-coverage, being person-centered and consequently intercultural.

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