Body Mind Spirit: Integrative Medicine in Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature Cure

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Item Code: IHD026
Publisher: Chaukhamba Surbharati Prakashan
Author: Prof R.H. Singh
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9788190804608
Pages: 467 (B/W Illustrations)
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The book "Body mind spirit" Integrative Medicine in Ayurveda, Yoga and nature cure produced by the well known author professor Ram Harsh Singh is a comprehensive writer up on the subject touching a wide range of related topics. Integrative medicine is an approach to life, health and cure taking into consideration the life as an unified continuum of physical body mind spirit in one sweep. The present book attempts to identify this central idea in practice of popular traditional health sciences like Ayurveda Yoga and Nature Cure. The ancient concept of body-mind-spirit continuum in the field of health care and cure is re-catching the attention of medithinkers globally once again and hence it is necessary to say that it is not a new ancient view of thought, rather it is one of the most ancient view points which formed the basic matrix of the practice of medicine in ancient India.

The book is presented in 65 brief and reader friendly chapters divided in five sections dealing with 1. Ayurvedic-Medicine and its quantum logic, 2.Nature Cure and Biopurification, 3.Yoga physiology, 4.Yoga therapy and 5.Parapsychology and occult experiences. The book describes in details the fundamental principles of Ayurveda identifying the nature of body-mind-spirit continuum in the genesis of life process, health disease, diagnostics and cure. The subsequent sections deal with yoga and Nature cure in real practice settings. The last section summarises the current trends in study and practice of parapsychology and quantum healing which is gradually gaining scientific support and evidence.

About the Author

Born on January 10, 1942 Prof. Ram Harsh Singh graduated in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery from prestigious Banaras Hindu University in 1961 with throughout top rank career. He did his Ph.D. and D. Litt under the supervision of Padmashri Prof.K.N Udupa and was awarded Doctorate of medicine Honoris Causa by Medicine Alternativa, Alma Ata jin 1983. He was elected fellow of National Academy of Indian medicine, jewel Member of all India Ayurveda Academy and was appointed National Professor by and was appointed National Professor by the Department of AYUSH. Govt. of India in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of Ayurvedic medicine besides many other awards and prizes including Hari Om Ashram Award, IASTAM Award, Capt Srinivas Murthy Meal and Vd. R.N. Sharma National Ayurvedic Research Award. He was been the member of National commission on History of science and Chairman scientific advisory committee of CCRAS. Prof. Singh joined the Faculty of Ayurveda at Banaras Hindu University in 1964 and served this institution for four decades as Professor Head Kayacikitsa & Dean, Faculty of Ayurveda at B.H.U. Subsequently (2003-2006) he served as the Vice Chancellor of Rajasthan Ayurveda University. Presently he is Professor Emeritus and senior Ayurveda Physician at University Hospital, BHU, Prof. Singh has published over a dozen important books on Ayurveda and over 200 research papers. He has contributed chapters to the prestigious volumes on History of Medicine in India & History of Technology in India published by INSA. He has produced 100 MDs and 30 Ph. Ds under his guidance.


The classical Indian medical system called Ayurveda is one of the ancient sciences that have exerted its influence since ancient times till today. The tradition of Ayurveda dates back to the Vedas and has developed though the ages. Ayurveda is not merely medical sciences, but, as the word suggests, a science of life, that aims at granting man a life of a hundred years with full of health and happiness. Ayurveda talks of both and the mind and considers the disease as a psychosomatic phenomenon. The doctrine of tridosas is a very important theory that goes like a thread running through anatomy and physiology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Ayurveda advocates the importance of Dharma the righteous behaviour and advices to lead and ethical way of life in order to enable one to live a happy and healthy life. Some of the characteristics of Ayurveda are the various forms of pariksas like prakrti-pariksa, the materia medica, the pharmaceutics and rasayana therapy. The medical treatment of Ayurveda has proved to be effective and has therefore been acknowledged all over the world in recent decades as an alternative medicine, complimentary to the modern one. Like Ayurveda the system of Yoga has also become popular and the therapy based on the Yogic exercises is being used as complimentary to Ayurveda.

It is well known that the philosophy of Ayurveda has a close relation with the system of Sankhya philosophy. However, it appears to have been influenced also by the Buddhist philosophical thought that postulates the doctrine of existential suffering, and shows the way to get out the cycle of the suffering. There are some concepts common to Buddhist philosophy and Ayurveda. For instance, one may have a glance over the first chapter of the Sarira Sthana of the Caraka Samhita, where there his an elaborate discussion on the fact of the suffering in life, using some of the terms, such as vedana, trsna, sparsa etc. related to the wellknown Buddhist doctrine of inner Pratityasmutpada. The Buddha is described as a great physician, cuing the disease of samsarikas by administering the medicine of the spirituality. One of the manifestations of the Buddha is Bhaisajyaguru, the master of medicine. The Buddhists in ancient India have contributed greatly to the development of Ayurveda. In Buddhist literature, one comes across the names of physicians, Jivaka, Kumarabhacca and so on. Vegbhata, the author of the Astangahrdaya was most probably a Buddhist. The translation of this work and other Ayurveda treatises into Tibetan rendered impetus to the permeation of Ayurveda in Tibetan medical system. Tibet has its own medical system known as 'Sowa-Rigpa' evolved in thousands of years. It incorporated significant influences from Ayurveda after Tibet embraced Buddhism in seventh century. The 'Sowas-Rigpa' also had interaction with other system of Yunan and china.

After a gap of about thousand years it is now essential of revive the interaction between these two ancient traditions-which share many aspects of philosophical ground and approach -so that they can benefit from each other as each has its unique characteristics. They should come together to encounter the new challenges and interact with the modern medical system, which although has an extroverted approach based on the materialistic hypothesis and culture it embraces and ignores the entire nonmaterial inner world which constitutes the major part of man's being has made amazing contribution the human civilization with its meticulous research and findings. Through a healthful interaction of both of the ancient systems with the modern system the mankind can certainly be benefited. Scholars of the traditional and the modern tradition must make efforts for such joint venture.

In his work titled "Body-mind-spirit" integrative medicine in Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature cure", Prof. Ram Harsh Singh gives the three systems of healing. Namely, the Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature cure and demonsrates how a holistic approach towards curing of diseases is necessary and helpful. He also takes into consideration parapsychology and occult sciences and explains the scientific basis of astral existence. Under five major sections he brings the entire Ayurveda systems of therapy providing a therapeutic system- Ayurveda medicine, nature cure and Biopurification, Yoga physiology, Yoga therapy, Parapsychology and occult experiences. The voluminous book contribution of as many as 65 chapters is highly edifying and informative and is to be acknowledged as a important contribution to the study of Ayurveda. Professor Ram Harsh Singh recasts the classical knowledge of the Ayurveda in a lucid language making it accessable to wider readership. I have high respect for his profound knowledge, devotion to the tradition and sincere care for the patients, which are the great characteristics of an outstanding vaidya. I am sure that this book will not only serve as a compendium of classical Ayurveda sastras but also bring the knowledge of Ayurveda to a wide spectrum of people and thereby contributing to the preservation and dissemination of the age-old rich Ayurveda tradition.

General Introduction

Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature are based on three-dimensional concept of life encompassing the physical body, the mind and the spirit-"sattvamatma sariram ca Trayam etat tridandavat" (Caraka Su. 1:46). The system of health care and cure which are based on Body-mind-spirit consideration are currently called integrative medicine. The term Mind body Medicine too refers to the same contention. In the parallance Ayurveda is an integrative science, Ayurveda (ayu=life+veda=higher wisdom) is thus the science of life. Ayu the life in this context is considered as a four-dimensional enitity comprising of physical body, the senses, the mind and the spirit -"sarirendriya-sattvatama-samyogo dhari Jivitam" (Caraka Su. 1:42). It is in this perspective that Ayurveda considers swasthya ie arogya as the mulam of Purusarthacatustaya-"dharmarthakamamoksanam arogyam mulamuttamam (Caraka Su. 1:15)"

The consciouness component ayu ie the atman is considered to be an extention of the cosmic consciousness the Brahman. In be reality the individual consciousness and the universal consciousness are a continuum although this continuity is ordinarily marked by the prevailing ignorance or maya in a common man. The practice of Yoga and spirituality helps in resolving the ignorance/maya to make the individual being fee/perceive that he is not merely a phyical body, he is the atman and further that the atman is an extention of the Brahman in the individual being as Jivatma.

Different schools of thought in the orient describe the idea of unified consciousness in different ways. The classical concept of sarira (subtle body) and Karana sarira (causal body) refers to the sama concept of united consciousness. The same reality is described by other in the context of pancakosa-annamaya. Pranamaya Manomaya, vijnanamaya and anandamaya depicting the gap and the scope of bridging the gap between the gross and the subtle, between in unconscious and the conscious between the matter and he energy between the finite and the infinite and so on.

The oriental scholars and thinkers knew the science of this great continuum and they applied this higher wisdom in all spheres of life and its persuits. The western modern science too has been gradually coming to the same conclusions which is obvious from the recent discoveries in science of united field of energy and quantum physics. Such developments will definitely influence the practice of spirituality and health sciences alike in present times too.

The western modern medicine had made tremendous advances in recent years, but these advances are limited to physical existence only. The subtle dimensions of life process and super consciousness have not been explored. The intense reductionistic approach of modern biosciences have passed form organ-tissue-cell approach to subcellula, molecular and gene level details. Our genes have made it difficult to correlate the gross functions of living body. Because of uncertainities about the utility of reductionistic details of genomics and its linkages with the micro and macro environment, many bioscientists are once again returning to holistic approach to system biology as was conceived in oriental biosciences through the theories of panca mahabhuta, triguna and tridosa which attempt to develop a manageable holistic science of life in tune with the united field of energy and consciousness. Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature-cure function on the same holistic approach considering life as a continnum of body-mind-spirit. The physical body-mind system conceived as sthula sarira functions like the outlet display monitor screen of a computer where subtle body and consciousness play the role of central processing/creating unit of the computer. It is believed that health is the product of subtle energetic body and a disease also begins in the suksma sarira and subsequently manifests in the sthula sarira in the same way as information are originally generated in the central processing unit of the computer and are secondarily displayed on the moniter screen.

The body-mind-spirit approach of life health disease and cure is re-emerging again in present times as the fundamental consideration in this field and Ayurveda, Yoga and Nature-cure practices are attracting more and more people to study and practice pronature life style and positive health to meet the challenges modern life.

The monograph "Body-mind-spirit" integrative medicine in Ayurveda, yoga and Nature-cure", attempts to present a brief account of these three traditional health sciences to illustrate their basic tenets, approaches and applications in promotive, preventive and curative aspects of health care. It gives a glimpse of body-mind-spirit consideration in practical professional settings in day to-day practice of integrative medicine.

The text of this monograph is divided in five sections with about a dozen reader-friendly chapters in each section. The five sections are- 1. Ayurveda Medicine, 2. Nature-cure, 3. Yoga physiology, 4. Yoga therapy and 5.parapsychology and occult Experiences in higher yoga. Section .1 describes the basic tenets of Ayureveda including the integrative concepts of life, health disease and cure. It also describes the basics of pathophysiology, holistic diagnostics and promotive, preventive and curative modalities of health care and including the concepts of Nasthiki cikitsa and Laukiki cikitsa ie. Spiritual and therapeutic medicine encompassing Daivavyapasraya, Yuktivyapasraya and Sattvavajaya ciktisa. This includes genetic counceling, spiritual healing. Ayurvedic psychotheraphy and rational treatment modalities of Samsodhana (biopurification) and samsamma (palliative/ bio-balancing therapy), the latter includes application of natural products as medicaments, positive dietetics and life-style management.

Section 2 describes the principles of Nature-cure. It defines Nature in therapeutic context and describes how nature-cure practitioners utilise the five-elemental entities (which constitute the entire material world) as the therapeutic tools emphasizing that individual being and the Nature are a continuum and preservation of health and occurance of disease are largely dependent on the Man-Environment interdependence. This section also deals with the concept of samya-vaisamya ie bio-balance/imbalance and Samsodhana biopurification of the body applying the therapeutic technology of Pancakarma.

Section 3 attempts to bridge the gap between philosophy spirituality and biosciences through extended discussion on Yoga-philosophy, Yoga-psychology and Yoga-Physiology. This section specially focuses on the possible physiological influences of different yogic practices and spiritual persuits on body-mind system inorder to develop leads for therapeutic application of Yoga practices in clinical settings.

Section 4 is devoted to the therapeutic study of yoga. Through the core goal of yoga is self-realisation and super consciousness but there are a range of side-benefits and intermediary goals of Yoga which can be utilised for health care and therapy. There is no contradiction between the core goal and side (health) benefits of Yoga. Ayurvedic school, while describing 'swasthya' considers 'moksa' as the continuum of superior swasthya -"prasannat-medriyamanah (SS. Su. 15:41)

Section 5 deliberates on higher Yoga, occult experiences and parapsychology as an attempt to consider the consciousness as an independent phenomenon operating in the united field of energy. The orient considers superconsciousness, the Brahman as the creater of the universe which extends also at gross level in living body-mind system. Such ad extention of consciousness is called atman ie Jivatma. The physical body, matter, subtle matter, mind, inner mind and the spirit form a spectrum of progressively expanding consciousness from gross to subtle. It is difficult to perceive this phenomenon in terms of present day science because of it own limitations. The modern science is yet to develop to be able to grasp the nature of non-physical energies and consciousness phenomenon.

The modern science had made tremendous advancement in recent years but all its endeavors have remained directed to explore the external physical world alone. No attempt has yet been made to understand the inner non-physical world, the world of consciousness. Gradually the temper of modern science is also changing and it is believed that the next big breakthrough in modern science will take place in the sphere of non-physical infinite inner world and consciousness.

The book "Body-mind-spirit" integrative Medicine" is dedicated to the seers who showed the eternal path of spiritual healing in the past, on one hand and to the thinkers of the contemporary times who helped restoring the continuum of science and spirituality and inspired the present generation of humanity to apply the eternal vedic wisdom in the contemporary field of health care and therapy. My revered teacher Late Padmasri Professor K.N. Udupa legendarily symbolized this wisdom. I dedicate this book to his unfading memories.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge the help extended by Professor Jong Soon Seo, chair Department of Ayurveda, Yoga Studies and Meditation, Wonkwang Digital University, Iksan, Republic of Korea and the honorable President of WDU, where I worked as Full Professor in Ayurveda studies for a year in 2006. The present monograph was mostly drafted during this period and is largely based on my digital classroom teachings for the graduate student of this prestigious university. Some of the chapters of this book are abridged from my own earlier work "Foundations of Contemporary Yoga" published by the same publisher. I acknowledge the cooperation of the Publishing house Chaukhamba Surbharati Prakashan, Varanasi particularly Shri Naveen Gupta for his initiatives to take up this publication priority.

I have also derive liberal help from several other publications in the allied field while developing the subject presented in this book. I acknowledge the contributions of such works specially the works of Kutler on Anatomy of Hathayoga David Frawley on Mind in Ayurveda and several other besides the electronic sources on scholarly websites like Wekipedia and several more.

I am extremely thankful to Padmasri Professor Geshe Ngawang Samten Vice Chancellor, Central University of higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath for writing the preface for this book. Professor higher Tibetan Samten a noted scholar of Philosophy, culture and Spirituality, so rich in his contemporary wisdom was kind enough to write the preface to this book for which the author and the publisher are grateful.


Section I Chapter 1-13

Ayurvedic Medicine

Chapter 1

Introduction to Ayurveda

Introduction 3
Historicity and Source Literature 3
The Main Distinction 4
The current Scenario 5
Conclusion 7
Chapter 2
Fundamental Principles and holistic Approach
Introduction 8
Loka Purusa Samya (Man Environ Harmony)8
Swabhvoparamavada: The Doctrine of Self Healing10
The classical Streams of therapy 11
Conclusion 12
Chapter 3
The Theory of Panca Mahabhuta
The Bioderivations of Pancamahabhuta 16
Conclusion 17
Chapter 4
Ayurveda Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction 18
The Tridosa Factor 18
The seven Dhatus (Primary Tissues)22
The Malas of Bodily Wastes 23
The Agni and Ama (The Biofire and its Byproducuts)24
The Srotas and body Channels 25
Conclusion 26
Chapter 5
Prakrti and Swasthya
Psychosomatic Constituion & Health
Introduction 27
Dosa Prakrti 27
Manasa Prakrti 29
Swasthya and Health31
Conclusion 33
Chapter 6
The Psyche and Senses
Introduction 34
The Manas or the mind 34
The Indriyas and the Sensory Functions 37
Conclusion 37
Chapter 7
Causes of Disease and Pathogenesis
Pramanas: the four ways of knowing 46
Rogi Pariksa (Examination of patient)46
The Roga Parika (Examination of Disease)49
Systemic Examination 51
Conclusion 52
Chapter 9
Prakrti and Nadi Pariksa
Introduction 53
Prakrti Pariksa (constitution)53
Nadi Pariksa or Pulse Reading 56
Conclusion 58
Chapter 10
Ayurvedic Materia Medica and Pharmacy
Introduction 68
The Basics of Ayurvedic Materia Medica 60
The Mineral Materia Medica 64
Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics 66
conclusion 67
Chapter 11
Principles of treatment and Pancakarma Therapy
Introduction 68
The Principles of Treatment68
Biopurification and Pancakarma Therapy 69
Purva Karma 70
Pradhana Karma 70
Samsamana Therapy 72
conclusion 72
Chapter 12
Rasayana Therapy and Rejuvenation
Introduction 73
Rasayana: Definition and Modus-Apparandi 73
Classification of Rasayana 75
Method of Administration of Rasayana 76
Some important Rasayana Drugs77
Conclusion 77
chapter 13
Ayurveda as Complementary Medicine
Introduction 78
Primary Health care 78
Complementary Pancakarma and Rasayana 80
The safe Herbo mineral materia medica 81
Conclusion 82
Section II. Chapter 14-26
Nature Cure And Biopurification
Chapter 14
Self Healing
Introduction 85
State of health and III-health 85
The Basic Impediments 86
The Morbid Modes87
How Body Heals 90
What does a Physician do?91
Conclusion 92
Chapter 15
Alliedness of Ayurveda-Yoga-Nature Cure
Introduction 93
Ayurveda: The science of life94
Yoga: the science of united consciousness 95
Naturopathy: the science of healing
Through Nature96
Biopurification (Samsodhana) the central
Therapeutic Focus 98
Conclusion 99
Chapter 16
Defining Nature
Defining Nature 100
How the universe came into Existence ?102
How Life Emerged on the planet?104
Human Suffering, Distancing nature105
conclusion 106
Chapter 17
The five Elements as Therapeutic Tools
Introduction 107
The Evolution of Five Elements 107
The Evolution as Present in our Body109
The five Elements as Present outside our body 110
The Five Elements in Morbidity 110
The Five Elements as Therapeutic Tools 111
Conclusion 113
Chapter 18
Therapeutic Modalities in Nature cure
Introduction 114
Hydrotherapy 114
steam bath 116
Air and sun bath117
Sun Therapy 119
Earth and mud Therapy 119
The mud Therapy 120
Other Subsediary Therapies 121
Conclusion 123
chapter 19
Traditional Diagnostic Methods in Mind-Body Medicine
Introduction 124
Rogi Pariksa124
Roga Pariksa 126
Methodology of Assessment of Therapeutic Response 129
conclusion 129
Chapter 20
Principles of Biopurification
Introduction 131
The Inner Transport System 131
The Srotas/ Biotransport System of the Body132
Elemental catharsis in Nature cure133
The Satkriyas of yoga Tradition 134
Pancakarma Therapy of Ayurveda 134
Conclusion 135
Chapter 21
Pancakarma Therapy: Classcial
Introduction 136
Purva karma 136
Pradhana karma 139
Vamana (Therapeutic Emesis) 140
Virecana (Therapeutic Purgation)141
Sirovirecana : Nasal Cleansing 143
Pascata Karma 144
Conclusion 144
Chapter 22
Pancakarma Therapy: Traditional
Introduction 145
Dhara Krama 146
Pinda Sweda 147
Kaya Seka 148
Anna Lepa 149
Siro Lepa 149
Siro Vasti149
Conclusion 150
Chapter 23
Diet and Diet Therapy
Introduction 151
The practice of Food and dietetics 154
Conventional food and Dietetics 157
Conclusion 161
Chapter 24
Herbal Health Supplements
Introduction 162
Non Medicinal Dimensions of Herbal Use162
Methods of using herbs and plants 164
Regulation of use of herbal health supplements 165
Conclusion 166
Chapter 25
Rest, Exercise, Relaxation and Message
Introduction 167
Rest and Relaxation 168
Exercise and Massage 170
Conclusion 173
Chapter 26
Yoga as Therapeutic Modality in Nature Cure
Introduction 175
Therapeutic basis of yoga 175
The Relaxative and Antistress Practices 178
The Purificatory Practices180
Corrective and Rehabilitative practices 182
Section III. Chapters 27-39
Yoga Physiology
Chapter 27
Yoga physiology: The perspectives
Introduction 187
Perspectives and contemporary Trends 187
Scope and applications 189
Conclusion 190
Chapter 28
Historicity and Source Literature
Introduction 191
Historicity 191
The Source Literature 193
Conclusion 194
Chapter 29
Philosophy of Yoga
Introduction 195
Self Realisation 196
The Theory of karma & Continuity of life196
The Karmic basic of medical sciences 197
Conclusion 197
Chapter 30
philosophy of Yoga II
Introduction 199
The Distinctions 200
Jainism versus Buddhism 201
The Paradigm Shift202
Chapter 31
Yoga psychology I Vahiranga Yoga
Introduction 204
Psychology of Yama and Niyama 206
psychology of Asana and pranayama208
Conclusion 203
Chapter 31
Yoga Psychology -I Vahiranga Yoga
Introduction 204
psychology of Yama and Niyama 206
psychology of Asana and Pranayama 208
Conclusion 29
Chapter 32
Yoga Psychology -II Antaranga Yoga
Introduction 210
Pratyahara, making the mind introspective 211
Samyama concentration Meditation and Trans 212
Conclusion 214
Chapter 33
Eco Genetic Psycho-spiritual Holistic Model of life and health
Introduction 215
The Tri-Triangular Eco-Genetic Model216
Tri-Sarira and pancakosa 218
The Pancakosa i.e the Five Sheaths 219
Conclusion 219
Chapter 34
Psycho-Physical Features of Gross Body
Introduction 221
The theory of Panca Mahabhuta 222
Theory of Tridos and Triguna 223
The Trigunas and Manasa Prakrits 225
Conclusion 226
Chapter 35
Stress Physiology and its Management
Introduction 228
Aetiology of Stress 229
Pathways of Anxiety and Stress 230
Pathways of Stress 231
Conclusion 234
Chapter 36
Physiology of Asanas -I General Considerations
Introduction 235
Neuro -musculo-Skelatal changes 236
Involvement of breathing 238
Circulation and Haemodynamics 240
Conclusion 241
Chapter 37
Physiology of Asanas II Special considerations
introduction 242
The Physiology of Meditative Postures 243
The Physiology of Relaxative Postures 245
The physiology of Culture Asanas 246
Some Major therapeutic Asanas 247
Conclusion 248
Chapter 38
Physiology of Pranayama and Satkriya
Introduction 250
Functional Anatomy of respiratory system 251
The Pranyama and Breathing 253
Practical Precautions for Pranayam 254
Physiology of Satkriya 255
Conclusion 257
chapter 39
Physiology of meditative Practices and the State of Superconsciousness
Introduction 258
Defining Consciousness and Finite and Infinite Dimentions 258
Self Purification 260
Within and beyond the Brain261
Conclusion 263
Section IV. Chapters 40-52
Yoga Therapy
Chapter 40
Introduction to Yoga Therapy
Introduction 267
The Therapeutic Strategies 268
Conclusion 269
Chapter 41
Concept of Health and disease: Traditional and Contemporary
Introduction 271
The life and the Health272
The Disease state 273
Chapter 42
Theory of Dhatu-Samya & Milieu Interior
Introduction 276
Determinants of Milieu-Interior 278
Conservation of Dhatu Samya/ Milieu-interior 279
Yoga and Dhatu Samya/Milieu Interior 279
Conclusion 280
Chapter 43
Diagnostic Considerations
Introduction 281
The General Diagnostic Methodology The 282
Rogi Parika (Examination of the Patient)287
Rogi Parika (Examination of the Disease)287
Conclusion 285
Chapter 44
General Principles of yoga Therapy
Introduction 286
The Scope of Yoga Therapy 292
Mechanisms of therapeutic Effect of Yoga 292
Conclusion 295
Chapter 45x
Physiotherapeutics of Yoga-I: Therapeutic Application of Asanas
Introduction 290
basics of physio Therapeutics of Asanas 292
Some Physiotherapeutic observations 293
Conclusions 295
Chapter 46
Physiotherapeutics of Yoga-II: Therapeutic Applications of Pranayama and Satkriya
Introduction 297
Physiotherapeutics of Pranayama 299
Physiotherapeutics of Satkriya 302
Conclusion 303
Chapter 47
Physiotherpeutics of Yoga III: Relaxation and Mediation
Scope of application 305
Practice of Relaxation 307
Practice of meditation 310
Conclusion 312
Chapter 48
Psychotherapeutics of Yoga-I: General Considerations
Introduction 313
The Approach and perspectives 313
The Human Instincts and Hierarchy of needs 314
Hierarchy of Human needs 315
Good Mental Health vs III Health316
The Mental III Health 316
Conclusion 318
Chapter 49
Psychotherapeutics of yoga-II: Yogic Counselling
Introduction 325
The Nature of Divine 326
Devotions 326
Self knowledge 328
Surrender 329
Compassion 329
Conclusion 331
Chapter 51
psychotherapeutics of Yoga-IV: Therapeutic Application of Certain Thought practices and Meditation
Introduction 332
Therapeutics of Thoughts Practices 333
Music and Art 334
Sportive Activity 335
Psychotherapeutics of Meditation and Relaxation 336
Chapter 52
Herbal care of mental Health
Introduction 338
Medicinal Green Revolution 339
The Basic tents of herbal Medicine 339
Herbs, Elements, Triguna and Tridosa 341
The Rejuvenative Herbs and Measures 342
Rejuvenative Biopurification by Pancakarma 343
Section V. chapter 53-65
Parapsychology and occult Experiences
Chapter 53
The Astral world
Introduction 347
The Astral world 348
Seven Subdivisions of astral world 349
Astral projection 351
Life after death352
Near death Experiences (NDE)353
Chapter 54
Introduction 357
Parapsychology: Definition and perspectives 358
The Historical Background 360
Paranormal phenomena 362
Mental phenomena 363
Physical phenomena 364
Scientific Strength 365
Conclusion 366
Chapter 55
Scientific basis of astral existence
Introduction 367
Targets of phychical and parapsychological Research367
Status of Available Research 368
Scope and potential of future reserach 372
Conclusion 375
Chapter 56
Scientific basis of astral Existence
Introduction 376
The Cakras 376
The concept of Nadis 378
The Kundalini380
Conclusion 382
chapter 57
Panca Prana and panca Kosa
Introduction 383
Panca Prana383
panca kosa 386
Panca kancuka 387
Conclusions 389
Chapter 58
Panca mahabhuta and panca Tanmatra
Introduction 390
Creation of the Material world 390
Panca Tanmatras and panca jnanedriyas 392
Pancikarana and Panca Mahabhuta394
Conclusion 397
Chapter 59
Basic concepts and Terminologies in Parapsychology
Introduction 398
Kirlian Photography 400
Ghosts Phenomena 402
Mediumship phenomenon403
Conclusion 404
Chapter 60
Science and Philosophy of perception
Philosophy of perception 406
The Ayurveda Concept of perception408
Neuroscientific Accounts of perception 410
Non Physiological Basis of perception 411
Conclusion 413
chapter 61
Science and Philosophy of Consciousness
Introduction 414
The philosophical approaches 415
spiritual approaches to consciousness 418
Physical and Metaphysical considerations 418
The Stratum and spectrum of consciousness 422
Conclusion 424
Chapter 62
Evolution of the complex body-mind-system
Introduction 425
The gross Somatic architecture 426
The Basic Unit of the Body 428
The Functional assembly429
Conclusion 436
Chapter 63
Structure and function of Nervous system
Introduction 437
The Basic features of nervous system 438
The Ventricular system of Brian and CSF 439
The central nervous system (CNS)439
The spinal cord443
The Peripheral nervous system 444
The cells of Nervous System 445
Chapter 64
Mysticism and the Brain
The Senteint Agent448
The Realms of consciousness449
How Brian makes the mind 452
Autonomic Nervous System and Mystic Experience 454
Mystic Practices mediating Brain 456
Conclusion 459
Chapter 65
Yoga: the science of United consciousness
Introduction 460
The Individual Consciousness 461
The Social Uplift and Societal Consciousness 463
The universe and Beyond 465
Conclusion 467
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