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Cultural Psychology of Health in India

Cultural Psychology of Health in India
Well-being, Medicine and Traditional Health Care

First Edition
  • Ajit K. Dalal - Fulbright Scholar (1982), Retired Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad.

July 2016 | 204 pages | SAGE India

Can indigenous healing practices be integrated with medical treatment to promote public health care service in India?

This book offers a holistic concept of health, encompassing the four major domains such as prevention, treatment, promotion of good health and rehabilitation. It looks at the fast-growing field of research on health and well-being from a cultural psychological perspective, focusing mainly on indigenous Indian practices. It examines health care systems that have evolved in different cultural set-ups, building on prevailing values, traditions and ethos of particular societies.

Straddling both theoretical and practical issues regarding illness recovery, maintenance of good health and enhancing the quality of well-being, it also looks at psychosocial barriers in rehabilitation. The study brings together two diverse streams of health care—modern medicine and traditional Indian systems, including Ayurveda, yoga and folk healing—for their complementary roles in providing holistic and affordable health care services in India.  


Cultural Psychology of Health and Well-being
History of Health and Healing Systems in India
Relevance of Faith Healing in the Scientific Age
Integrating Traditional Services within Primary Health Care
Participatory Rehabilitation of Poor with Disability
Methodological Imperatives for Cultural Psychology of Health

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ISBN: 9789351509806