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4 qualities of good Ayurvedic physician

theoretical knowledge, clarity of reasoning, wide clinical experience, personal skill

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Ayurveda meaning

the "science" or "knowledge" of life

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Ayurveda Roots

arose in Indian antiquity from Lord Brahma, still practiced today in India and Sri Lanka

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Two important Ayurveda Texts

Susruta samhita and Charaka samhita- recognize and calssify ~1200 diseases

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Human dissection and Ayurveda

Hinduism prohibits cutting the dead, Susruta recommended soaking body then pulling skin off with feather

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Charaka samhita

several authors-importance on prevention, also describes many drugs made from plants, minerals, and animals -300 BCE- first to describe digestion, metabolism, and immunity

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Three Dosha- what are they and what are they from?

From Charaka samhita- body functions as a result of these three functions:
movement
transformation
lubrication/stability
-similar to humours from the Greeks

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according to the Dosha, illness is caused by what?

imbalance of the three dosha (movement, transformations, and/or lubrication/stability

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Ayurvedic healers were traditionally___

Brahmin (priestly) caste

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Ayurvedic surgery

very adept, doing this before europeans, C-sections, rhinoplasty, cataracts, amputations, etc.

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8 branches of Ayurvedic medicine

internal medicine, surgery, ENT and eyes, pediatrics, toxicology, purification of genetic organs, health and longetivity, spiritual healing/psychiatry

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Core beliefs of ancient Chinese medicine (4)

unity of nature, yin-yang dualism and balance, theory of the 5 phases, theory of systematic correspondences

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what is the "Nei Ching"

"the Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor"- book that most ancient Chinese medicine is based upon - written by Qi Bo and Emperor Huang-ti

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What is the "Mo Ching"

The Pulse classic- information about pulse- highly valued in ancient Chinese medicine- sphygmology

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Anatomy in Ancient Chinese medicine

base on dynamic interplay-described organs based on perceived function-some that don't even exist

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Chinese and venisection

rejected it!

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Chinese medicine- disease caused by what

imbalance of yin and yang

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Chinese medicine- how to treat disease (5)

curing spirit-living in harmony with the universe
dietary management
acupuncture
pharmacotherapy
treatment of the bowel, viscera, blood, and breath

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Yin elements (7)

dark element, feminine, passive, downward-seeking, corresponds to night, water, earth

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Yang elements (7)

bright element, light, day, masculine, upward-seeking, fire, wind

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How do yin and yang relate?

complementary opposites- not absolute opposites- kept in balance, not static

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Basics of acupuncture

12 meridians, 365 acupuncture points, purges energy, restores yin/yang harmony, empiric and often effective

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what is moxa?

using heated wormwood or mugwort on skin or needle during acunpucture

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China materia medica

~1000 animal, plant, and mineral drugs- many agents adopted into western medicine "Great Pharmacopia"