The Newsletter 65 Autumn 2013

Globalisation of Ayurvedic massage

Sujatha Venkatesh

Psychiatry treats mental illness through biochemical manipulation. Psychoanalysis and psychology focus on developmental factors, personality structures and social relationships. The social sciences highlight social hierarchies and the stress caused by major socio-economic changes. Various modern healing disciplines have differing opinions about the mind and mental problems – each emphasizing biological, psychological, and social factors – and each drawing their own particular line between body and mind. This article takes a brief look at the Ayurvedic theory of the mind and shows how it could explain contemporary trends in health behaviour.

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