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Ayurveda 

Ayurveda
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Ayurveda
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Premal Patel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190214791.003.0008
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date: 17 October 2017

This chapter provides an overview of the ancient healing system of Ayurveda as well as some key perspectives on topics specific to women. It begins with the basics of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and agni (or digestive fire), which are foundational to understanding patients’ unique constitutions and discusses practical tips on how to balance these key principles to restore health. Following an overview of the Ayurvedic detoxification process called panchakarma, the Ayurvedic view of pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, three key transitions in women’s lives are reviewed. Using a case study, the integrative nature of an Ayurvedic treatment plan, including diet, lifestyle, herbal supplements, self-massage, environmental considerations, mind–body connection, and sense therapies are explored.

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