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date: 16 June 2019

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Religious practices and beliefs originating from Hinduism are closely related to the presentation of psychopathology and psychiatric disorders. Many Hindu rituals and interventions are used for well-being and relief from mental distress. The predominant belief in Karma, propagated in the Vedas and Bhagwada Gita, is noted in clinical practice. Explanatory models related to Hinduism need to be acknowledged by mental health professionals. Hinduism-based interventions are popular and may interfere with modern psychiatric treatment. At times, Hindu health-promoting practices may be useful as an alternative or complementary method of treatment. Ayurveda and yoga are primarily based on Hindu philosophy. Psychiatric ethics in relation to Hindu religion need to weigh the benefits of these religious beliefs and spiritual practices against the benefits from modern interventions, and the potential harm arising out of practicing or not practicing these rituals and cultural traditions.

Keywords: religion, spiritual, cultural, psychiatric ethics, Hinduism, Karma, Ayurveda, Bhagwada Gita, Vedas, yoga

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