Events : Wellness & Health

Talk on "Childcare in the Indian Indigenous Health Systems" by Prof. Malavika Kapur

Held on Friday, 5th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had arranged atalk on “Childcare in the Indian Indigenous Health systems” by Prof. MalavikaKapur, Visiting Professor at NIAS, Former Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the NIMHANS onFriday, 5th May, 2017 at 6.30 PM.Dr. Maya Mascarenhas, Paediatrician and a Community Health Specialistchaired and moderated the session.
Prof.MalavikaKapur who is a child psychologist in her lecture explored theChildcare from the perspective of developmental psychology in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tibetan medicines . She narrated that though the four systems originated in different geographical regions, they share common core constructs of a holistic approach consisting of mind-body unity. The core of psychological and physical healing in these systems rests on bringing about harmony and balance of disturbed functions through diet, daily regimen and drugs. Despite the commonalities, the practice of childcare in the four systems vary a great deal. She narrated that the differences seem to be rooted in local sociocultural, religious and folk healing practices. Remarkably, in all of them, prescriptions of drugs and behaviour are psychologically grounded and uncannily modern from the perspective of developmental psychology. The holistic approach is where their strength lies. Whether personality frameworks identified in the four systems can be incorporated into contemporary medical practice, whether the preferred childcare practices among the four systems can be empirically studied in the current paediatric, psychological and parenting research are some of the questions that need to be answered. Yet another question is that of faith, if it is of importance to the patient, can be incorporated as an element into contemporary healing practice?
Dr. Maya Mascarenhas moderated and handled the Q & A session with her experience.