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Dichotomies in Western Biomedicine and Ayurveda: Health-Illness and Body-Mind
Carlos J. Moreno Leguizamon
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 40, No. 30 (Jul. 23-29, 2005), pp. 3302-3310
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4416938
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What in the western dichotomy of body-mind is seen as a separation of two aspects that influence each other, in Ayurveda it is seen as a holistic identity that has certain consequences. While biomedicine focuses on the body and illness, it is clear that Ayurveda focuses on the emotional and the person. These body-mind and health-illness dichotomies are vital to understand how a medical system is culturally, historically and politically constructed over time.
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