Ayurvedic Approach to Down Syndrome by Vidya Venkatesh

 TABLE OF CONTENTS 

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Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………………………………………….4 
Abstract………...…………………………………………………………………………………………………5 
Chromosomes and Cells………………………………………………………………………………………….5 
Types of Down Syndrome………………………………………………………………………………………..5 
Signs and Symptoms…….……………………………………………………………………………………….6 
Etiology…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6 
Treatment………………………………………………………………………………………………………...7 
Prevention………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 
Ayurvedic Interpretation of the Mind……………………………………………………………………………8 
The Five Layers of Human Existence (Koshas)…………………………………………………………………9 
Ayurvedic Interpretation of Karma……………………………………………………………………………...10 
Classical Ayurveda Interpretation of Down syndrome………………………………………………………….10 
Nidhana (Causes)………………………………………………………………………………………………..10 
Rupa (Symptoms)……………………………………………………………………………………………….11 
Samprapti (Pathology)…………………………………………………………………………………………..11 
  • Vata Samprapti…………………………………………………………………………………………......11 
  • Kapha Samprapti…………………………………………………………………………………………...13 
Chikitsa (Treatment)…………………………………………………………………………………………….13 
  • Herbs………………………………………………………………………………………………………..14 
  • Nervous System Treatment and Enhancement……………………………………………………………..15 
  • Meditation…………………………………………………………………………………………………..15 
  • Pranayama………………………………………………………………………………………………….15 
  • Panchakarma……………………………………………………………………………………………….15 
  • Abhyanga, Shirodhara, and Swedhna—Bliss Therapy…………………………………………………….16 
  • Basti………………………………………………………………………………………………………...16 
  • Nasya (with Brahmi Ghee)…………………………………………………………………………………16 
  • Color Therapy………………………………………………………………………………………………17 
  • Marma Therapy……………………………………………………………………………………………..17 
  • G-Therapy…………………………………………………………………………………………………..18 
Rasayana (Rejuvenation) Therapies…………………………………………………………………………….18 
  • Aromatherapy………………………………………………………………………………………………18 
  • Mantra Therapy…………………………………………………………………………………………….18 
  • Diet…………………………………………………………………………………………………………18 
Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………………………18 
References……………………………………………………………………………………………………….19 
Photo Credits…………………………………………………………………………………………………….20 

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