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An Integrated View of Health and Well-being

Bridging Indian and Western Knowledge

  • Antonio Morandi
  • A.N.Narayanan Nambi

Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Health and Well-being in the Western Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicoletta Sonino, Giovanni A. Fava
      Pages 25-36
  3. Health and Well-being in Indian Traditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. P. Ram Manohar
      Pages 59-68
    3. A. N. Narayanan Nambi
      Pages 69-82
    4. P. R. Krishna Kumar
      Pages 83-98
    5. Unnikrishnan Payyappallimana
      Pages 99-112
  4. Bridging the worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Rama Jayasundar
      Pages 115-139
    3. Antonella Delle Fave
      Pages 141-161
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Antonio Morandi, A. N. Narayanan Nambi, Antonella Delle Fave
      Pages 189-195
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-209

About this book


Concepts like Health and Well-being are not exclusive products of the Western culture. Research has widely demonstrated that the representation of the body and of its pathologies, as well as treatment and healing practices vary across cultures in relation to social norms and beliefs.The culture of India is a melting pot of nine main Darshanas, or philosophical systems, that share the common core of a realization of the self in society. India’s traditional health system, Ayurveda, is a result of the practical application of the Darshanas to the observation of human nature and behavior. Ayurveda conceptualizes health, disease and well-being as multidimensional aspects of life, and it seeks to preserve a balance in individuals among their biological features, their psychological features and their environmental demands. The Ayurveda approach to health is remarkably similar to the eudaimonic conceptualization of well-being proposed by positive psychology, and the basic tenets of Ayurveda are deeply consistent with the latest developments of modern physics, which stresses the substantial interconnectedness among natural phenomena and their substrates. This text shows how the approach to health developed in Ayurveda can be fruitfully integrated in a general view of health and well-being that encompasses cultural and ideological boundaries. Specifically, it details the conceptualization of health as an optimal and mindful interaction between individuals and their environment.



Ayurveda and Western Science Complex Adaptive Systems Cross-Cultural Culture and Well-Being Eudaimonie Health Promotion Health and Well-Being Health and Well-Being in India Indian traditions Paradigm of Ayurveda Positive Psychology Social Rituals in Well-Being The Traditional Health System of India Well-Being in the West

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonio Morandi
    • 1
  • A.N.Narayanan Nambi
    • 2
  1. 1.Ayurvedic PointMilanoItaly
  2. 2.SNA Oushadhasala Pvt. LtdKeralaIndia

About the editors

Dr. Antonio Morandi, MD, Specialist in Neurology and Ayurveda Vaidya (Ayurveda Academy, Pune, India and Joytinat International College of Ayurveda), from 2002 is the Director of the School of Ayurvedic Medicine “Ayurvedic Point” (ISO 9001 certified) in Milan, Italy and President of the Italian Scientific Society for Ayurvedic Medicine (S.S.I.M.A.). His professional experience spans from experimental and clinical research conducted in Universities and Hospitals in USA and in Italy, to Manager of Research and Development Project Management of an international Pharmaceutical Company. His main research interest has been the mechanisms underlying the aging process and the role of psyche in the genesis of diseases. In  2003 has been awarded with the honorary doctorate Ayurveda Acharya from the Institute of Ayurveda Ashtavaidyan Thaikat Mooss, Kerala, India. He is Head of Medical Education of the European Institute of Vedic Studies, Sauve, France, and Director and Professor of the Ayurveda section at the PostDoctoral specialization course in “Health Sociology and Non Conventional Medicine”, University of Bologna, Italy. Dr. Morandi has been Scientific Director of the 1st International Congress on Ayurveda “Ayurveda: the meaning of life - awareness, environment and health” held in Milan, Italy on March 2009. He is Co-Chairman for Europe of the Research and Clinical Care Working Group created by the Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Government of India. Lecturer on Ayurveda in several Italian and foreign Universities, member of Editorial Boards and Boards of Reviewers and author of numerous publications, Dr.Morandi directs the Ayurvedic Medical Center  “Ayurvedic Point “ in Milan, Italy.

Bibliographic information


“This book offers the reader an interesting journey through both worlds, Indian and Western, describing their features, differences, and similarities. It is an excellent opportunity for any scholar interested in Indian traditional medicine to learn about Āyurveda and how this old philosophical knowledge of health and well-being could merge with the Western tradition. … This book offers a comprehensive source of theoretical information about the Western and Indian traditions.” (Marta Cimas, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Vol. 10, 2015)

“The volume takes an analytic approach to the issue of the differences between Indian and Western knowledge. … An Integrated View of Health and Well-Being is written for an audience that includes social scientists and health practitioners. These writings will interest and likely educate those who are skeptical about the state of the art of medicine today, and who start with a constructionist framework and appreciate that concepts of health and illness are socioculturally determined.” (Sunita Mahtani Stewart, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (13), March, 2014)