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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30

The concept of lifestyle factors, based on the teaching of Avicenna (Ibn Sina)


1 Department of Traditional Medicine, The School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 The Research Center of The Iranian Traditional Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd; Department of Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Iranian Traditional Medicine, The School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Ardakan, Yazd, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Majid Emtiazy
Faculty of Iranian Traditional Medicine, The School of Traditional Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Ardakan, Yazd
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/2008-7802.154772

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According to the definition stated in the beginning of the "Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb" (the Qanun of Medicine); medicine is a science, from which one learns the states of the human body; health and disease and what causes them, in order to preserve good health when it exists, and restore it when it is lacking. Based on this issue, Avicenna believes that medical science belongs to all human without any limitation, and maintenance of health is one of its prime objectives. He states that many disorders are related to errors in the 6 factors, which are essential for maintaining health and preventing diseases. Avicenna described these six essential factors (lifestyle factors) in his masterpiece, Qanun of Medicine, as "Asbab-e-Settah-e-Zaruriah." Based on the teaching of Avicenna, the first step for maintaining health and approaches to treatment is modification of lifestyle factors, including of nutrition, physical activity, etc.


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