CONTENTS:- 1. The Beginning 2. The Ocean of Wisdom 3. The Holistic Way 4. Basic Concepts of Ayurveda 5. Concept of Health 6. Prakrti and Constitution 7. The seven Supportive Elements 8. Preventive Medicine 9. Adaptation 10. Minerals and Inorganic Drugs 11. Standardisation in Ayurveda 12. Genetics and Ayurveda 13. Dravya-Guna--the Science of Drugs 14. Srotas 15. Internal Medicine and Treatment 16. Pancakarma 17. Surgery 18. Agada Tantra: Toxicology 19. Bhuta Vidya: Psychiatry 20. Rasayana: Rejuvenation 21. Vajikarna Tantra: Aphrodisiacs 22. Immunity: the Ayurvedic View 23. Spiritualism and Ayurveda 24. The Road Ahead
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient medical systems where the concept of specialisation originated-be it in surgery, internal medicine or psychiatry; they all evolved in Ayurveda before anywhere else in the world. This system, also called the mother of medicine, focuses not only on eliminating the disease but on providing a holistic cure of the patient, propounding his total well-being. It considers the human body as a miniature cosmos and yearns to help strike a balance between the various forces, both outside and within the body. This book attempts to break the myth that Ayurveda at best is a supplementary or an alternate medicine and avers that it indeed is the ultimate in medicine.