This book was written at the request of my students, who sought a deeper understanding of the Ayurvedic process. To that end I have endeavored to provide the following: deeper insight into the spiritual foundation of Ayurveda; and the cause and unfoldment of disease; photographs of the Ayurvedic herbs; a more comprehensive materia medica; diacritical marks to facilitate pronunciation of Sanskrit (Ayurvedic language) words; an expanded presentation of Ayurvedic hatha yoga and рranayama with photographs; an expanded pahcha каппа chapter; a discussion of current research on many of the Ayurvedic herbs; a discussion of the complimentary relationship between Western and Ayurvedic methods; and discussions based not only on traditional Ayurvedic thought, but also on the practical results of my experiences and those of other Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners.
To achieve these ends, the ancient Ayurvedic texts were consulted along with books by contemporary authors. The purpose was to synthesize ancient tradition with modern use. Authentic Vedic spiritual books have also been researched to better incorporate the spiritual dimension of Ayurveda.
An attempt has been made to present the material in a simple and instructive manner, accessible even to those with little prior knowledge of Ayurveda. It is also hoped it will help unite Western and Ayurvedic traditions.
This book is composed of four sections:
1. Ayurvedic Theory/Fundamentals
2. Constitution (Dosha) and Illness Diagnosis
3. Therapeutic Modalities
4. Specific Illnesses and Diseases (Diagnosis, pathology, and therapies)
Through this 5th printing, the book has found a home with families, medical professionals, university courses and research departments. Since I began practicing Ayurveda in 1988, Ayurveda’s popularity has grown. It is important to maintain its spiritual, intuitive integrity, trying not to force-fit it into the Western medical paradigm or chasing after “acceptance” by Western medicine.
Ayurveda is first and foremost a ‘spiritual science’ – offering scientific insights how live in harmony with nature and to grow toward the realization of one’s true nature or Soul. Medicine is only one aspect of this science of compassion.
It is a science that must be lived as it is taught. It is not enough to say, “do as I say”. The best practitioner is one who is becoming more in harmony with their Soul and thus can lovingly teach how to heal by inspirational example.
Let us focus on using Ayurveda to help the needy help themselves in terms of spiritual, physical, mental, and ecological health, organic farming, and social equality. Let us share Ayurveda more from love and less for fame and fortune. Thereby, we can grow a truly healthy, peacful world.
As with all areas of life, dear readers, you will succeed by following common sense, practicality, and intuition. For it is a love of life – of God (or spirit, nature, or ethics) that is the best medicine and also the goal of life. Wishing you all health and peace.
This hook is offered in devotional service. It is my hope that it will he read with devotion; knowledge without devotion is like driving a car without oil, or like growing a beautiful flower without a scent.
Bayville, NY, USA December, 2005
Table of Contents
Photo of Atrea
Photos of Himalayas, Ashwins
Photos of Ayurvedic doctors and centers
SECTION 1: Fundamentals
- Chapter 1 Overview
- Chapter 2 The Human Universe
SECTION 2: Analysis
- Chapter 3 Analyzing Constitutions and Illness
SECTION 3: Therapeutics
- Chapter 4 Herbology
- Chapter 5 Glossary
- Chapter 6 Nutrition
- Chapter 7 Pancha Karma
- Chapter 8 Aromatherapy
- Chapter 9 Hatha Yoga and Pranayama
- Chapter 10 Sound Therapy: Mantras, Chakras, and Music
- Chapter 11 Color and Gems
- Chapter 12 External Influences: Lifestyle, Seasons, Exercise
- Chapter 13 Psychology, Ethics and Spiritual Counseling
SECTION 4: Specific lllnesses &Diseases
- Chapter 14 Circulatory System ( Bleeding, Anemia, Heart, Blood Pressure, Arteriosclerosis Paraplegia)
- Chapter 15 Digestive System ( Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea/Dysentery, Digestion,
Abdomen, Jaundice, Gall Stones, Dyspepsia, Indigestion, Gastroenteritis, Colic, Hyperacidity, Gastritis,Malabsorption, Food Allergies & Parasites, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Obesity, Candida, Ulcers, Toxin (Аmа)
- Chapter 16 Infections and Wounds (Fever, Abscess, Sinus, Wounds, Inflammatory Ulcers, Fracture s/Dislocations)
- Chapter 17 Respiratory System ( Cough, Breathing, Hiccup, ТВ, Cold)
- Chapter 18 Urinary System (Urine Prostate, Diabetes)
- Chapter 19 Ear, Nose, Throat, Mouth, and Eyes (Ears, Nose, Catarrh, Hoarse Throat, Eyes, Mouth)
- Chapter 20 Nervous System ( Convulsions, Sciatica, Insanity, Epilepsy, Addictions, Alcohol Recovery, Fainting, Coma, Wasting, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Alzheimers)
- Chapter 21 Skin (Warts, Skin, Leukoderma, Herpes Zoster )
- Chapter 22 Neoplasm/Abnormal Growths (Scrotum, Fistula, Elephantiasis, Hernia, Tumors, Cancer)
- Chapter 23 Reproductive System (Females, Childbirth, Planets and Newborns , Males, Venereal Diseases)
- Chapter 24 Immune System (HIV/AIDS, Epstein Barr ,Fibromyalgia)
- Chapter 25 Metabolic System (Edema, Meningitis, Quinsy, Tonsillitis, Abscesses, Goiter, Hyperthyroidism, Benign Tumors , Gout, Thirst)
- Chapter 26 Miscellaneous ( Three Vital Organs—Heart, Head, Bladder, Headaches, Migraines, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Dangerous Spiritual Practices, Herbs for Tissues and Oigans, Gland Definitions, Organs and Doshas)
- When to Take Herbs
- Herbal Recipes
- Mutually Incompatible Foods
- Herb Preparation and Use
- Herb Mixing
- Ayurvedic Acupuncture
- Chapter 27 Outer Healing (Beauty Care, Jyotish – Vedic Astrology, Vastu Shastra , Feng Shui, Scientific Research, Ecological-caused disorders)
Client Health History Form
Dosha Food Plans
About the Author
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