Modern and Global Ayurveda: Pluralism and Paradigms

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Dagmar Wujastyk, Frederick M. Smith
SUNY Press, Sep 9, 2013 - Medical - 363 pages
Modern and Global Ayurveda provides an overview of the relatively recent history of Ayurveda in its modern and globalized forms. One of the traditional medical systems originating on the Indian subcontinent, Ayurveda is fast becoming a transnational phenomenon. Contributors to this volume include both scholars and practitioners of Ayurveda. The wide range of perspectives they offer include the philosophical, anthropological, sociopolitical, economic, biomedical, and pharmacological. Issues such as the ideological clashes between classical and modernized Ayurveda, the export of Ayurvedic medical lore to Western countries, and the possible reimport of its adapted and reinterpreted contents are covered and prove particularly relevant to contemporary discussion on the integration of complementary and alternative health care.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Plural Medicine and EastWest Dialogue
29
3 The Evolution of Indian Government Policy on Ayurveda in the Twentieth Century
43
Siddha Medicine and the Quest for Uniqueness
77
5 Ayurveda and the Making of the Urban Middle Class in North India 19001945
101
6 The Ayurvedic Diaspora
117
7 An Overview of the Education and Practice of Global Ayurveda
129
8 Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Databases in the Context of the Revitalization of Traditional Medicine
139
Standardization and Pharmaceuticalization
201
A Time of Challenges and Opportunities
215
13 Cultural Loss and Remembrance in Contemporary Ayurvedic Medical Practice
227
A Case Study from Germany
243
15 Ayurvedic Medicine in Britain and the Epistemology of Practicing Medicine in Good Faith
257
A Controversial Model of Global Ayurveda
285
Perfect Health through Enlightened Marketing in America
309
List of Contributors
333

9 The Woes of Ojas in the Modern World
157
Sex Therapy and the Paradox of Virility
177
Index
341
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About the author (2013)

Dagmar Wujastyk is an independent scholar pursuing her PhD in Indology at Bonn University, Germany.

Frederick M. Smith is Professor of Sanskrit and Classical Indian Religions at the University of Iowa and the author of The Vedic Sacrifice in Transition: A Translation and Study of the Trikandamandana of Bhaskara Misra.

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