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   1981| July-September  | Volume 1 | Issue 1  
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Origin and development of ayurveda (a brief history)
V Narayanaswamy
July-September 1981, 1(1):1-7
History of medicine is a fascinating subject as it is a saga of man's struggle against disease. As the civilization advances and as the disease pattern changes, the medical science also changes. Ayurveda is the system of medicine that evolved in India with a rationale logical foundation and it has survived as a distinct entity from remote antiquity to the present day. The fundamentals on which the Ayurvedic system is based are essentially true for all times and do not change from are to age. These are based on human actors, on intrinsic causes. The origin of Ayurveda is attributed to Atharva Veda where mention is made several diseases with their treatments. Later, from the 6 th Century BC to 7 th Century AD there was systematic development of the science and it is called Samhita period, when a number of classical works were produced by several authors and during this period there is evidence of organized medical care.
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The psychosomatic disorders and their management in ayurveda
RH Singh
July-September 1981, 1(1):38-45
The Psychosomatic disorders are the outcome of the modern way of life and changing value systems and hence their incidence is rapidly increasing. These disorders may be prevented by necessary environmental correction in its physical as well as psychosocial dimensions and personality transformation. The scope of the practice of Yoga, Sadvrtta, Medhya Rasayana therapy and similar other ancient positive health measures in the prevention and treatment of stress and psychosomatic disorders may be fruitfully explored.
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Probable mode of action of sankhapuspi in the management of thyrotoxicosis
RC Gupta, PM Singh, GC Prasad, KN Udupa
July-September 1981, 1(1):46-54
Considering the therapeutic aspects of thyrotoxicosis, 980 cases were studied, where probable role of stress in the etiopathogenesis has been explored. These cases were then treated with standard modern therapy containing antithyroid drug with a tranquilizer and some of the patients were treated only by an Ayurvedic drug. i. e. Sankhapuspi. In early cases Sankhapuspi was found more effective than standard modern treatment. In addition, no side effect was noted in these patients treated with Sankhapuspi.
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Evolution of diseases i.e.samprapti vignana
VJ Thakar
July-September 1981, 1(1):13-17
The Ayurvedic concept of evolution of disease, based primarily in the understanding of the host-man, meaning of disease without losing sight of either the extrinsic or the intrinsic factors is comprehensive by itself. The modern descriptive methods has taken direction of possible correlation and elaboration of the Ayurvedic views.
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Psychopathology in the early aurvedic texts*(with special reference to unmada)
Mitchell G Weiss
July-September 1981, 1(1):23-28
The medical texts by Caraka and Susruta describe the symptoms, etiology, theory, treatment and prognosis of four types of mental disorders-unmada, bhutonmada, apasmara, and murcha. The present discussion is restricted to unmada-its theory, treatment and prognosis with an indication of the scope of analysis with reference to the Western psychiatric nosology.
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Plants in aid of family planning programme
Mathew Oommachan, Shaukat Saeed Khan
July-September 1981, 1(1):64-66
A preliminary survey was conducted during the years 1978-'79 at Bhopal and its neighbourhood to find out the medicinal plants and their utility. From among a total number of 850 angiospermic plant species of this region, about 10% of them were found having poisonous principles. One fourth of these poisonous plants can be used for safe termination of pregnancy. Certain of these plants are used by the villagers for criminal abortions and even for suicidal purpose. A good number of them can be used for fertility control and in aid of family planning programme.
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Identification of the ingredients in curna, kvatha curna lehya and rasayana - a simple microscopic method
A Anandakumar, V Rajendran, P Thirugnanasambantham, M Balasubramaniam, R Muralidaran
July-September 1981, 1(1):55-63
Triphala Curna, Triphatladi Kvatha Curna, Inji Rasayanam and Manibhadra Lehya of Indian System of Medicine were examined microscopically and the methods of identifying their ingredients were reported as one of the quality control standards.
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Some thoughts on neurophysiological basis of yoga
B Ramamurthi
July-September 1981, 1(1):18-22
Yoga presents the culmination of efforts made by mankind till now control mind and behaviour. It is living science, practiced in an elementary fashion by many in India. While a few perhaps are there who have attained mastery of this science. The background of the derivation and concept of yoga in India is presented followed by a simple exposition of yogic practices and some possible neurophysiologic explanations. Research in yoga will be rewarding as it gives means of exploring and enlarging the functions of the human brain.
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Medical treatment and medicinal charms mentioned in the atharvanic literature
VV Bhide
July-September 1981, 1(1):8-12
The ancient Vedic texts Provides us with valuable information and guide lines on various multi-faced aspects of human life. The present discussion is limited to the medical treatment and medicinal charms mentioned in the Atharvanic literature with specific consideration to Kausikasutra for better understanding of the rites and actions mentioned in Atharvanaveda.
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Abu mansur on ayurveda
SO Fatimi
July-September 1981, 1(1):29-37
Abu Mansur's Al-Abniya a pioneering work on pharmacological treatise in Persian language, has not received the attention that it richly deserves. This work provides as a starting point to probe into the hitherto neglected field of study regarding the relationship of medical systems prevalent in Central, West and South Asia-Greco-Syriac, Iranian and Ayurvedic medical sciences.
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Science of life

July-September 1981, 1(1):0-0
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Book Review : Basic Principles of Ayurveda by Dr. Bhagavandash and Dr. Kashyap Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi.
PS Nair
July-September 1981, 1(1):67-67
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