Ayurveda Perspectives in Integrated Healthcare, volume eight in the Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine series, provides a clear, structured base of knowledge which compares Ayurveda with other healthcare systems to encourage acceptance of Ayurveda in the community and within patient care practices. Sections cover the Shad Darshan, body constitution, medical aspects in Ayurvedic medicine, and the connection between material and spiritual aspects and methods for balancing lifestyle for optimal health. This important reference will aid cardiovascular researchers in the study of integrative Chinese and Western medicine with its clear, structured base to guide clinical practice and encourage new collaboration.
- Provides a well-rounded study of Ayurvedic medicine in comparison to other related systems for ease of implementation into patient care
- Compares mainstream systems of medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and principles of Western Medicine
- Identifies and inspires ideas where future research can develop and strengthen
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Part I: The Shad Darshan 1. The Four Vedas 2. Material Aspects: Sankya, Nyaya + Vaisheshika 3. Spiritual Aspects: Mimamsa, Yoga, Vedanta and Buddhism
Part II: Integrated Philosophy on Body Constitution 4. Traditional Chinese Medicine 5. Western Medicine Principles 6. Ayurvedic Universal Attributes & Doshic Theory
Part III: The Seven Dhatu Tissues 7. Dhatu Structure, By-Products and Disorders 8. Plasma and Blood 9. Muscle, Fat, Bone, Nerves and Marrow 10. Male and Female Organs
Part IV: Srotamsi: The Channels of the body 11. Introduction 12. Channels Receiving Food, Prana & Water 13. Channels Nourishing and Maintaining the Body 14. Channels of Elimination 15. Channels of the Mind
Part V: The Material and Spiritual Aspects of Digestion 16. The Fire Element 17. Rasa and the Six Tastes 18. Energy & Effects 19. The Phases of Digestion 20. Balancing Diet and Food Combination 21. Three Laws of Nutrition and Cellular Metabolism
Part VI: Balancing Lifestyle 22. Doshic Test 23. Spirituality 24. Nutritional Suggestions
Dr. Anika Niambi Al-Shura is originally from Louisville, Ky, USA. She has one son, one grandson and resides in Kentucky and Florida, USA. She enjoys cultivating medicinal plants and formulating medicinal herb recipes, soap making, fine art, travelling internationally to meet people for learning new cultures and ways of living, mountain hiking and relaxing on the beach near the ocean.
Dr. Al-Shura has 14 continuous years of formal education involving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinical practice, advanced medical study, research and education between the United States, Italy and China. In 2004, her master's degree in Oriental Medicine was earned from East West College of Natural Medicine in Florida, USA. In mainland China between 2004 and 2014, she earned hospital study, advanced scholar and specialty certificates in Chinese medicine, internal medicine and surgery and cardiology from several university affiliated hospitals. Those hospitals include Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong Provincial Hospital and Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her subspecialty training in TCM is in interventional cardiology involving the catherization lab.
Dr. Al-Shura earned her PhD in medical education in 2014 through the University Ambrosiana program. Her dissertation on Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine (ICCM) became her first textbook entitled, "Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine: A Personalized Medicine Perspective. This book was one of 7 textbooks written to introduce the concepts of ICCM. All were published and released together through Elsevier Academic Press in 2014. Those textbooks are utilized for the level 1 program studies in ICCM with continuing medical education (CME) courses. Eight additional textbooks were written on the establishment and development of intermediate ICCM theories and practices. Those textbooks are utilized for the level 2 program CME studies in ICCM. Those 8 textbooks are part of the Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine series and were published and released together through Elsevier Academic Press in 2019.
Dr. Al-Shura is currently a faculty member at Everglades University in Florida, where she teaches medical and healthcare course in the Bachelors of Alternative Medicine program. She also has Niambi Wellness Institute, based in Florida and Kentucky, where Integrative Cardiovascular Chinese Medicine research and work continues. It includes a natural pharmacy lab and a continuing medical education (CME) program. The natural pharmacy researches, formulates, manufactures and distributes various patented and original formulations using TCM herbs. The CME program includes TCM cardiology courses which grant credits towards NCCAOM, state medical board and state TCM board license renewals in the United States.