Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology

An Integrated View of Health and Well-being

Bridging Indian and Western Knowledge

Editors: Morandi, Antonio, Nambi, A.N.Narayanan (Eds.)

  • Identifies links between the modern conceptualization of health and well-being and the approach proposed by Indian tradition knowledge
  • Describes the culture of India and the realization of the self in society
  • Brings together contributions of scholars in various scientific domains, such as physics, medicine and psychology
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Concepts like Health and Well-being are not exclusive products of the Western culture. Research has widely demonstrated that the representation of the body and of its pathologies, as well as treatment and healing practices vary across cultures in relation to social norms and beliefs.The culture of India is a melting pot of nine main Darshanas, or philosophical systems, that share the common core of a realization of the self in society. India’s traditional health system, Ayurveda, is a result of the practical application of the Darshanas to the observation of human nature and behavior. Ayurveda conceptualizes health, disease and well-being as multidimensional aspects of life, and it seeks to preserve a balance in individuals among their biological features, their psychological features and their environmental demands. The Ayurveda approach to health is remarkably similar to the eudaimonic conceptualization of well-being proposed by positive psychology, and the basic tenets of Ayurveda are deeply consistent with the latest developments of modern physics, which stresses the substantial interconnectedness among natural phenomena and their substrates. This text shows how the approach to health developed in Ayurveda can be fruitfully integrated in a general view of health and well-being that encompasses cultural and ideological boundaries. Specifically, it details the conceptualization of health as an optimal and mindful interaction between individuals and their environment.

 

About the authors

Dr. Antonio Morandi, MD, Specialist in Neurology and Ayurveda Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune, India and Joytinat International College of Ayurveda), from 2002 is the Director of the School of Ayurvedic Medicine “Ayurvedic Point” (ISO 9001 certified) in Milan, Italy and President of the Italian Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine (S.S.I.M.A.). His professional experience spans from experimental and clinical research conducted in Universities and Hospitals in USA and in Italy, to Manager of Research and Development Project Management of an international Pharmaceutical Company. His main research interest has been the mechanisms underlying the aging process and the role of psyche in the genesis of diseases. In  2003 has been awarded with the honorary doctorate Ayurveda Acharya from the Institute of Ayurveda Ashtavaidyan Thaikat Mooss, Kerala, India. He is Head of Medical Education of the European Institute of Vedic Studies, Sauve, France, and Director and Professor of the Ayurveda section at the PostDoctoral specialization course in “Health Sociology and Non Conventional Medicine”, University of Bologna, Italy. Dr. Morandi has been Scientific Director of the 1st International Congress on Ayurveda “Ayurveda: the meaning of life - awareness, environment and health” held in Milan, Italy on March 2009. He is Co-Chairman for Europe of the Research and Clinical Care Working Group created by the Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Government of India. Lecturer on Ayurveda in several Italian and foreign Universities, member of Editorial Boards and Boards of Reviewers and author of numerous publications, Dr.Morandi directs the Ayurvedic Medical Center  “Ayurvedic Point “ in Milan, Italy.

Reviews

“This book offers the reader an interesting journey through both worlds, Indian and Western, describing their features, differences, and similarities. It is an excellent opportunity for any scholar interested in Indian traditional medicine to learn about Āyurveda and how this old philosophical knowledge of health and well-being could merge with the Western tradition. … This book offers a comprehensive source of theoretical information about the Western and Indian traditions.” (Marta Cimas, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 10, 2015)

“The volume takes an analytic approach to the issue of the differences between Indian and Western knowledge. … An Integrated View of Health and Well-Being is written for an audience that includes social scientists and health practitioners. These writings will interest and likely educate those who are skeptical about the state of the art of medicine today, and who start with a constructionist framework and appreciate that concepts of health and illness are socioculturally determined.” (Sunita Mahtani Stewart, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (13), March, 2014)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Well-Being in the West: Hygieia Before and After the Demographic Transition

    Keyes, Corey L. M. (et al.)

    Pages 3-23

  • The Psychosomatic View

    Sonino, Nicoletta (et al.)

    Pages 25-36

  • The Perspectives on Reality in Indian Traditions and Their Implications for Health and Well-Being

    Salagame, Kiran Kumar K.

    Pages 39-57

  • Concept of Health in Āyurveda

    Manohar, P. Ram

    Pages 59-68

  • Determinants of Health and Well-Being in Āyurveda

    Nambi, A. N. Narayanan

    Pages 69-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Integrated View of Health and Well-being
Book Subtitle
Bridging Indian and Western Knowledge
Editors
  • Antonio Morandi
  • A.N.Narayanan Nambi
Series Title
Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6689-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6689-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-6688-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9485-6
Series ISSN
2210-5417
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 209
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