Premal Patel

in Integrative Women's Health

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2015 | ISBN: 9780190214791
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190214821 | DOI:

Series: Weil Integrative Medicine Library


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This chapter provides an overview of the ancient healing system of Ayurveda as well as some key perspectives on topics specific to women. It begins with the basics of the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and agni (or digestive fire), which are foundational to understanding patients’ unique constitutions and discusses practical tips on how to balance these key principles to restore health. Following an overview of the Ayurvedic detoxification process called panchakarma, the Ayurvedic view of pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, three key transitions in women’s lives are reviewed. Using a case study, the integrative nature of an Ayurvedic treatment plan, including diet, lifestyle, herbal supplements, self-massage, environmental considerations, mind–body connection, and sense therapies are explored.

Chapter.  4312 words. 

Subjects: Obstetrics and Gynaecology ; Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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