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Spring 2015

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India: Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community


Though India does not have a credible, widespread system in place to recognize and focus on issues of mental health, especially in allopathic treatments, it is imperative to evaluate the existing practices and approaches in regards to mental health alongside the impact that these approaches may have on Indian society. In contrast to Westernized systems of medicine, the traditional Indian system of Ayurveda inherently addresses issues in mental health due to the holistic approach through mind-body medicine. This study evaluates the enormous potential that exists within Ayurvedic philosophy to provide adequate, culturally congruent, treatments and care in mental health, and it seeks to critique the context in which that potential is muted within the Indian health care system.


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Policy | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | International Public Health | Mental and Social Health | Other Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion


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