Philosophy of Ayurveda (GSA545E)
This course provides an overview of the Ayurvedic medical system, including views on health and disease, Ayurvedic treatments, and the mission of Ayurvedic practice and practitioners. The holistic approach of Ayurveda considers the role of spirituality, the mind and emotions in health and disease. This course covers Ayurveda’s central philosophical concepts including Pancha-mahabhoota (five basic elements), the theory of Tridosha (three functional bio-energies), Manas prakriti (constitution based on the doshas of mind), seasonal lifestyle and nutrition, and the three pillars holding life and health. An introduction to Dhatu (body tissue), Malas (body wastes), Gunas (universal qualities of matter), Agni (transformation), tastes and the digestive process are also covered.