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A Text Book of Svasthavrtta

Mangalagowri V Rao, Chaukhambha Orientalia, 2007, pbk, xvi, 560 p, ISBN : 8176370349, $20.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Text Book of Svasthavrtta/Mangalagowri V. Rao

Contents: Paper I. A. Personal hygiene: Introduction. 1. Daily regimen. 2. Night regimen. 3. Seasonal regimen. 4. Codes of conducts. 5. Non suppressible urges. 6. Undesirable and desirable constitutions. 7. Intellectual errors. 8. Food habits. 9. The quantity of food and nutrition. 10. Test of purity of food. 11. Food articles. 12. Sleep. 13. Celibacy. II. B. Public and social hygiene: 14. Properties of air and its impurities. 15. Land and residential place. 16. Water. 17. Light. 18. Disposal of solid waste. 19. Excreta disposal. 20. Disposal of dead body. 21. School health. 22. Occupational health hazards. 23. Immunity. 24. Infectious diseases. 25. Hospital building. Paper II. A. Yoga and Naturopathy: 1. Yoga. 2. Asana. 3. Pranayama. 4. Satkarma. 5. Meditation. 6. Ida, pingala and Susumna Nadi. 7. Bandhas and mudras. 8. Naisthiki cikitsa. 9. Naturopathy. 10. Hydrotherapy. 11. Steam bath. 12. Mud therapy. 13. Heliotherapy. 14. Massage. 15. Fasting. 16. Sleep and relaxation. 17. Nature cure diet. II. B. Primary health care, family welfare, mother and child welfare and national programmes: 18. Primary health care. 19. Family welfare programme. 20. National programmes. 21. Mother and child welfare programme. 22. World Health Organization. 23. Health administration. 24. Health related statistics. Appendix-I. Bibliography.

"The present book is basically intended for the students of Ayurveda studying Svasthavrtta and Yoga. All those who are interested to know the concepts of preventive medicine in Ayurveda also will be benefited from this book. Arrangement of chapters is according to the current CCIM Syllabus of BAMS Course. Important references from Brhatrayis, Laghutrayis and some other relevant books like Manusmrti Muhurta Martanda have been collected. Commentaries of Cakrapani and Dalhana have been given wherever found necessary. Various food articles described in Ayurveda are explained along with their botanical names, properties and nutritive values, which help as a ready-reckoner in diet designing based on the principles of Ayurveda. Communicable diseases have been concisely dealt in the form of tables along with Ayurvedic correlations, which help in comparative analysis. Yoga chapters include references from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita. Practical methods of performing Yogic practices are accompanied by associated physiological changes and indications. Principles of naturopathy, different modes of treatments, indications, methods of application and nature cure-diet are dealt in detail. Aspects of primary health care, national programmes, health administration, and role of Ayurveda in present day healthcare system are explained briefly with the help of flow charts, for easy understanding."

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