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A Brief History of Āyurveda

M. R. Raghava Varier


For over two and a half millennia Āyurveda was the mainstream healthcare programme in the Indian subcontinent. However, what was once seen as indispensable, is now often officially described as ‘alternative medicine’. Moreover, there seems to be a lack of proper understanding of the specific culture from which Āyurveda emerged. This is because existing works on the subject have mostly been mere compilations of Āyurvedic practices and focused on classical texts. This book studies the stages of development in the system of Āyurveda and its practice from proto-historic times until British coloniz ... More

Keywords: Āyurveda, healthcare, history, indigenous, tools, epigraphic documents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190121082
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190121082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. R. Raghava Varier, author
Director General, Centre For Heritage Studies, Thrippunithura