Department of Religion

This course will outline the origins and development of the traditional systems of healing in ancient India that culminated in the eight disciplines of Ayurveda, with attention paid to Sanskrit textual sources.  The course will cover the basic biological and physiological principles of the system related to an individual's constitution, the role of preventive practices such as yoga and diet and herbal dietary supplements, and consider basic Ayurvedic remedies for common ailments.  Attention will be directed to the trajectory of Ayurveda in modern India and recent Western interest in Ayurveda following its transplantation in the West.  (Prerequisite:  01:840:211, "Religions of the Eastern World."  Some knowledge of Hinduism strongly recommended.)


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