Exploring Ayurvedic Knowledge on Food and Health for Providing Innovative Solutions to Contemporary Healthcare

Payyappallimana, Unnikrishnan and Venkatasubramaniam, Padma, (2016). Exploring Ayurvedic Knowledge on Food and Health for Providing Innovative Solutions to Contemporary Healthcare. Frontiers in Public Health, 4(57), 1-9

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    Author Payyappallimana, Unnikrishnan
    Venkatasubramaniam, Padma
    Title Exploring Ayurvedic Knowledge on Food and Health for Providing Innovative Solutions to Contemporary Healthcare
    Appearing in Frontiers in Public Health
    Volume 4
    Issue No. 57
    Publication Date 2016-03-31
    Place of Publication Lausanne
    Publisher Frontiers Media S.A.
    Start page 1
    End page 9
    Language eng
    Abstract Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine that originated over three millennia ago in the South Asian region, offers extensive insights about food and health based on certain unique conceptual as well as theoretical positions. Health is defined as a state of equilibrium with one's self (svasthya) but which is inextricably linked to the environment. Ayurvedic principles, such as the tridosa (three humors) theory, provide the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm that can be applied in day-to-day practice. Classical Ayurveda texts cover an array of themes on food ranging from diversity of natural sources, their properties in relation to seasons and places and to their specific function both in physiological and pathological states. The epistemic perspective on health and nutrition in Ayurveda is very different from that of biomedicine and modern nutrition. However, contemporary knowledge is reinventing and advancing several of these concepts in an era of systems biology, personalized medicine, and the broader context of a more holistic transition in sciences in general. Trans-disciplinary research could be important not only for pushing the boundaries of food and health sciences but also for providing practical solutions for contemporary health conditions. This article briefly reviews the parallels in Ayurveda and biomedicine and draws attention to the need for a deeper engagement with traditional knowledge systems, such as Ayurveda. It points out that recreation of the methodologies that enabled the holistic view point about health in Ayurveda may unravel some of the complex connections with Nature.
    Keyword Ayurveda
    food and health
    ayurbiology
    system biology
    transdisciplinary research
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.3389/fpubh.2016.00057
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