THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE IN THE AYURVEDIC TRADITION

In this paper Obeyesekere, attempts to elucidate and render intelligible to a non-Western reader the internal logic and the consistency in both theory and Practice of Ayurvedic psychological medicine. In Part 1, Obeyesekere deals with the classical metaphysical base (Sāmkya philosophy) on which the Ayurvedic concept of mind rests. Obeyesekere also deals with the theory of psychological medicine as stated in ancient Sanskrit texts. In Part II, Obeyesekere deals with the manner in which the classic theory is implemented in contemporary practice in Sri Lanka, while Part III deals with case studies of two patients taking Ayurvedic therapy.

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