The Emergence of Health in Complex Adaptive Systems: A Common Ground for Āyurveda and Western Science

  • Antonio Morandi
  • Antonella Delle Fave
Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 5)


The logical framework underpinning Āyurveda and its model of health offers many cues that could be of great interest for a higher integration with modern science. However, there is a gap of communication between the two world based on the diverse representation of reality. Mainly, Āyurveda’s inclusive logic is not easily understandable according to Western scientific principles.

In this chapter we propose a model that may suggest how to fill this gap and infer a possible, integrated definition of health. After an overview on the conceptuality of the complex system logical framework, the inclusive thought and fundamentals underpinning Āyurveda are explained. The conclusion is that the reality model, and specifically related to bio-psycho-physiology, proposed by Āyurveda can be assimilated to a complex adaptive system whose emergent phenomena is health. The theoretical and practical implications are innovative and pave the way for an applied integration of the worlds.


Chaotic System Living System Strange Attractor Complex Adaptive System Functional Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Ayurvedic Medicine, Ayurvedic PointMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Pathophysiology and TransplantationUniversity of MilanoMilanItaly

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