This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007



Ayurvedic perspective of psychotherapy



According to Ayurveda diseases occur in man due to the imbalance of five dosas, i.e., three bodily dosas (vata, pita and kapha) and two mental dosas (rajas and tamas). The diseases due to the imbalance of vata, pita and kapha are to be managed by yuktivyapasraya and daivyavyapasyaya techniques. Mental dosas- rajas and tamas- are to be treated with the tools like jnanam, vijnanam, dhairyam, smriti and samadhi. The very understanding of these five components will give a comprehensive understanding of psychotherapy tools prescribed in Ayurvedic texts.

In this paper a critical review of literature and discussion is made for the broader understanding of satvavajaya treatment. Relation of Yoga with Ayurveda is well discussed at historical philosophical, psychological and physical levels. 

Key words: Ayurveda, Satvavajaya, Psychotherapy

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