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Healing Traditions of the Northwestern Himalayas

  • Pankaj Gupta
  • Vijay Kumar Sharma
  • Sushma Sharma

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 1-19
  3. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 21-35
  4. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 37-59
  5. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 61-81
  6. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 83-120
  7. Pankaj Gupta, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sushma Sharma
    Pages 121-135
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-149

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses the perception of disease, healing concepts and the evolution of traditional systems of healing in the Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh, India. The chapters cover a diverse range issues: people and knowledge systems, healing in ancient scriptures, concept of sacredness and faith healing, food as medicament, presumptions about disease, ethno-botanical aspects of medicinal plants, collection and processing of herbs, traditional therapeutic procedures, indigenous Materia medica, etc. The book also discusses the diverse therapeutic procedures followed by Himalayan healers and their significance in the socio-cultural life of Himalayan societies.   

The World Health Organization defines traditional medicine as wisdom, skills, and practices based on theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness and maintenance of health. In some Asian and African countries, 80% of the population depends on traditional medicine for primary health care. However, the knowledge of these conventional healing techniques and traditions associated with conveying this knowledge are slowly disappearing. The authors highlight the importance of safeguarding this indigenous knowledge in the cultural milieu of the Himachal Himalayas.

This book will be an important resource for researchers in medical anthropology, biology, ethno-biology, ecology, community health, health behavior, psychotherapy, and Himalayan studies..

Keywords

Alternative healing practices Alternative healthcare in India Alternative medicine in India Ethno-pharmacology Faith healing in India Folk medicine in India Healthcare practices in Himalayas Indigenous Materia medica Magico-religious healing Mystic healers in India Traditional birth attendants in India Traditional healing techniques Traditional healthcare systems

Authors and affiliations

  • Pankaj Gupta
    • 1
  • Vijay Kumar Sharma
    • 2
  • Sushma Sharma
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies, Himachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaIndia
  3. 3.Department of BiosciencesHimachal Pradesh UniversityShimlaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-81-322-1925-5
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-1924-8
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-1925-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5547
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5555
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