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Knowing the Ayurvedic body and its relationship to the environment

Knowing the Ayurvedic body and its relationship to the environment

Moreno Leguizamon, Carlos J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-3387 (2012) Knowing the Ayurvedic body and its relationship to the environment. In: Ways of Knowing: Educating for Sustainability, 15 Jun 2012, Greenwich, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Medical systems like Ayurveda and Biomedicine are social institutions embedded in the heart of numerous societies which bind human groups and assures the continuity and stability of society. Ayurveda, ---“the science of life,” “the knowledge of life,”— is one of the oldest medical system in the world. It also represents some of the South Asian conceptualizations with respect to issues of health and illness and body and “mind”. As in Biomedicine, its Western equivalent, these conceptualizations have a multidimensional and pervasive history that takes place within a social, cultural, political, philosophical and economic context. However Ayurvedic medicine does not make a division between mind and body as in the Western medical system of Biomedicine. This presentation will therfore describe and discuss how Ayurveda represents the body on one hand, and on the other, how this representation addresses some angle related to the sustainability and maintenance of health in the body, rather than simply the eradication of disease in the body.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was presented at the University of Greenwich, School of Education, Natural Learning and Environments Project (NLEP) event, "Ways of Knowing: Education for Sustainability", held on 15th June 2012 in Greenwich, London, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ayurveda
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Health Development
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