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Evolution and Philosophy of Ayurvedic Medicine

I need Select an alternative medical system, which is Ayurvedic medicine and do the following:

1) Explain the historical development and evolution of the medical system.
2) Define the philosophy of the medical system.

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You have asked for a description of the historical development and philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine.

According to Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor at the forefront of a major trend in holistic healing, Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body, and the human mind is part of the cosmic mind, and the atom and the universe are exactly the same thing but with different form, and the more we are in touch with this deeper reality, from where everything comes, the more we will be able to heal ourselves and at the same time heal our planet.

The following article, writeen by Robert Todd Carroll, 2007, gives you a clear overview of the historical development and philosophy of Ayurvedic medicine.

Ayurvedic medicine, in the United States, is an "alternative" medical practice that claims it is based on the traditional medicine of India. Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit terms: ayu meaning life and veda meaning knowledge or science. Since the practice is said to be some 5,000 years old in India, what it considers to be knowledge or science may not coincide with the most updated information available to Western medicine.

According to Stephen Barrett, M.D.:

Proponents state that Ayurvedic medicine originated in ancient time, but much of it was lost until reconstituted in the early 1980s by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. (Barrett 2004)

The St. Paul to the Maharishi is Deepak Chopra, who has done more than anyone else to spread the good word in the United ...

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This solution explains the historical development and evolution of the Ayurvedic medical system. It also defines the philosophy of this medical system.

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