dr. Antonio Morandi, Carmen Tosto, dr. Paolo Roberti di Sarsina and dr. Dacia Dalla Libera
Ayurveda, the ancient traditional medicine of India, defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The focus of Ayurveda is on a predictive, preventive and personalized medicine. This is obtained through a low-cost personalized counsel- ing about lifestyle measures (diet, activities, etc.), trying to involve the patient directly in the process of healing, increasing his self-awareness and good relationships with other people and nature. The approach of Ayurveda toward positive health shares its features with that of salutogenesis as described by Antonovsky. Prevention strategies prag- matically suggested by Ayurveda - including factors such as promotion of health education, individual awareness,integration of spirituality and ethics in healthcare system- may be applied in public health management, in order to improve perceived and objective life quality, promote healthy aging, limit drugs use (avoiding expensive side- effects) and reduce chronic diseases social costs.