An Integrated View of Health and Well-being

Bridging Indian and Western Knowledge

  • Antonio Morandi
  • A.N.Narayanan Nambi

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Health and Well-being in the Western Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicoletta Sonino, Giovanni A. Fava
      Pages 25-36
  3. Health and Well-being in Indian Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. P. Ram Manohar
      Pages 59-68
    3. A. N. Narayanan Nambi
      Pages 69-82
    4. P. R. Krishna Kumar
      Pages 83-98
    5. Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana
      Pages 99-112
  4. Bridging the worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Rama Jayasundar
      Pages 115-139
    3. Antonella Delle Fave
      Pages 141-161
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Antonio Morandi, A. N. Narayanan Nambi, Antonella Delle Fave
      Pages 189-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-209

About this book


Concepts like Health and Well-being are not exclusive products of the Western culture. Research has widely demonstrated that the representation of the body and of its pathologies, as well as treatment and healing practices vary across cultures in relation to social norms and beliefs.The culture of India is a melting pot of nine main Darshanas, or philosophical systems, that share the common core of a realization of the self in society. India’s traditional health system, Ayurveda, is a result of the practical application of the Darshanas to the observation of human nature and behavior. Ayurveda conceptualizes health, disease and well-being as multidimensional aspects of life, and it seeks to preserve a balance in individuals among their biological features, their psychological features and their environmental demands. The Ayurveda approach to health is remarkably similar to the eudaimonic conceptualization of well-being proposed by positive psychology, and the basic tenets of Ayurveda are deeply consistent with the latest developments of modern physics, which stresses the substantial interconnectedness among natural phenomena and their substrates. This text shows how the approach to health developed in Ayurveda can be fruitfully integrated in a general view of health and well-being that encompasses cultural and ideological boundaries. Specifically, it details the conceptualization of health as an optimal and mindful interaction between individuals and their environment.



Ayurveda and Western Science Complex Adaptive Systems Cross-Cultural Culture and Well-Being Eudaimonie Health Promotion Health and Well-Being Health and Well-Being in India Indian traditions Paradigm of Ayurveda Positive Psychology Social Rituals in Well-Being The Traditional Health System of India Well-Being in the West

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Morandi
    • 1
  • A.N.Narayanan Nambi
    • 2
  1. 1.Ayurvedic PointMilanoItaly
  2. 2.SNA Oushadhasala Pvt. LtdKeralaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6688-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6689-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2210-5417
  • Series Online ISSN 2210-5425
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