Psychological Perspectives on Childcare in Indian Indigenous Health Systems

  • Malavika┬áKapur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Indigenous Systems of Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 15-29
    3. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 31-45
    4. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 47-53
    5. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 55-69
  3. Indigenous Systems of Medicine: Unani Medicine (Altib)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 89-95
    3. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 97-103
  4. Indigenous Systems of Medicine: Siddha Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 117-122
    3. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 129-143
  5. Indigenous Systems of Medicine: Tibetan Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 147-168
    3. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 169-177
    4. Malavika Kapur
      Pages 179-188

About this book


This book examines childcare in ancient Indian health systems from the perspective of developmental psychology. The author extensively studies ancient texts and charts from Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tibetan medicines and analyses how gleanings from these systems can be useful in creating preferred practices for modern childcare systems.

Though the four systems originated in different geographical regions, they share many common core constructs of a holistic approach consisting of mind-body unity. The core of psychological healing in these systems rests on bringing about harmony and balance of disturbed functions through diet, daily regimen and drugs. However, despite commonalities, understanding of childcare in the four systems varies a great deal. The differences seem to be rooted in local sociocultural, religious and folk healing practices. Remarkably, in all of them, prescriptions of drugs and behaviour are psychologically grounded and uncannily modern from the perspective of developmental psychology. The book raises the following questions as important for further research: whether holistic approaches be adopted for the empirical study of indigenous health systems, where their strength lies; whether personality frameworks identified in the four systems can be incorporated into contemporary medical practice to its advantage; whether preferred childcare practices among the four systems can be studied empirically in current paediatric, psychological and parenting research; and whether faith, if it is of importance to the patient, can be incorporated as an element into contemporary medical practice.


Bio-psycho-social development of the foetus Child development stages in Siddha Childcare and health in Ayurveda Childcare in Ayurveda Childcare in Charaka Samhita Childcare in Siddha Childcare in Tibetan medicine Childcare in Unani Childcare practices in ancient India Embryology in Tibetan medicine Foetal development according to Charaka Samhita Holistic approach to childcare Humours and childcare Paediatric practices in the Middle East Psychological insights on childcare from ancient India Rites of passage in childcare Western psychology and ancient childcare practices

Authors and affiliations

  • Malavika┬áKapur
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced StudiesIndian Institute of Science CampusBangaloreIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-2427-3
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-2428-0
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