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Approach to Sleep Disorders in the Traditional School of Indian Medicine: Alternative Medicine II

  • Kamalesh K. Gulia
  • Arathi Radhakrishnan
  • Velayudhan Mohan KumarEmail author
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Abstract

Ayurveda, which literally means knowledge of life, is the traditional school of Indian medicine. The chief source of information about Ayurveda is available in the Samhitas (encyclopedias), written in Sanskrit around 1000 BC, by Acharyas (the great scholars) Charaka and Sushruta. In Ayurvedic literature, Nidra (sleep) is mentioned as one of the three supporting pillars for maintaining good health. The classical literatures on Ayurveda advocate a holistic approach, with a combination of several procedures, for treating sleep disorders. Management of sleep disorders in Ayurvedic medicine involves not only physical procedures, psychological treatment, drugs, and diet regulations, but also prayer and yoga. Apart from the herbal formulations mentioned in Samhitas, there are also formulations in the market which are not mentioned in classical literature. Though some research studies have been undertaken in India and abroad to evaluate the efficacy of various Ayurvedic treatments, most of them have not assessed sleep using polysomnography. Owing to this and other deficiencies, the results of many of these studies have not been published in reputed medical journals. There is a dire need to investigate the various Ayurvedic treatments using standard techniques.

Keywords

Sleep Disorder Diet Regulation Ayurvedic Medicine Piper Longum Tinospora Cordifolia 
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Acknowledgments

Funding from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India, is acknowledged. The funding agency played no role in writing the chapter, or in the decision to submit this for publication. Arathi Radhakrishnan is a CSIR fellow.

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  • Kamalesh K. Gulia
    • 1
  • Arathi Radhakrishnan
    • 1
  • Velayudhan Mohan Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Sleep ResearchSree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and TechnologyThiruvananthapuramIndia

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