Connecting Indian Wisdom and Western Science: Plant Usage by Luisella Verotta, Maria Pia Macchi, Padma Venkatasubramanian

By Luisella Verotta, Maria Pia Macchi, Padma Venkatasubramanian

A actually built-in choice of learn, Connecting Indian knowledge and Western technological know-how: Plant utilization for meals and Health compares Ayurvedic and Western conceptions of health, fit way of life, and nutrition. interpreting the phyto-pharmacological, phytochemical, scientific, ethnobotanical, sociocultural, and biomedical ways to plant- and herb-based fit diets and wellbeing, it comprises nearly forty chosen monographs on end result, greens, spices, nuts, and seeds, whole with Ayurvedic and standard makes use of as dietary constituents.

The ebook makes a speciality of how vegetation may be hired as either aliments and adjuvants, capable of increase wellbeing and fitness and the standard of lifestyles. It does so by way of evaluating the Indian Ayurvedic culture with the Mediterranean nutrition. Chapters written mostly by way of Indian authors hint the early historical past of Ayurveda and the fundamental rules and dietetics of the Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani structures of drugs. Chapters written by way of western scientists and nutritionists talk about the worldwide concentrate on food, nutraceuticals, and, importantly, the Mediterranean vitamin.

Building in this beginning, the ebook opens what is going to, doubtless, be an extended and carrying on with trip of mutual trade and discussion. The authors create an integrative viewpoint for figuring out India’s future health traditions in the course of the lens of recent technological know-how. They then examine how India’s millennia of expertise can increase the West’s notions of optimum nutrients, prevention, and custom-made healthcare. A center of this alternate is a frontier of exploration into deep insights of human biology, person changes and seasonal impacts on metabolism, and a conceptual method of nutrients so you might practice throughout meals and cultures.

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The word oushadha is used to denote the entity at all three levels, as a plant source, a plant part, or a processed drug. The plant parts used are root bark, heartwood, secretions, stalk, expressed juice, tender leaves, alkali, latex, fruit, flower, ash, oil, thorn, leaves, leaf buds, tubers, sprouts, pedicle, petal, stamen, seed, fruit, and the whole plant (Reddy, 2005). Dravyaguna vijnana, or the science of substances used as drugs, is divided into padartha vijnana and dravya vijnana. Padartha vijnana is the science that deals with the study of the basic existential principles, that is, substratum (dravya), qualities (guna), actions (karma), generic (samanya), specific (vishesha), and inherence (samvaya).

Diet was an important part of every treatment and a detailed dietetic advice was provided to the patients. Therefore, during the winter season more food is needed, whereas during the summer season less food is necessary (QiaoSheng, 2011). “In summer and in autumn food is most difficult to assimilate, easiest in winter, next easiest in spring” (Jhones, 1923–1995, 4, 107, Aph. XVIII). The importance of a balanced diet was a basic concept similar to that of Ayurveda. The Hippocrates motto, “Your Food Is Your Medicine and Your Medicine Is Your Food,” is also common in the Indian culture even today.

They both stressed the value of diet and lifestyle. These concepts were transmitted down to Roman authors such as Cato, Plutarch, and Pliny. The Romans adopted many ideas from the Greeks. A key figure was Claudius Galen from Pergamum (AD 129–216), the heir of the school of 8 Connecting Indian Wisdom and Western Science Alexandria, considered the most important contributor to medicine after Hippocrates. He was a great teacher with a solid philosophical background combined with a lot of clinical experience.

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