Once available only in India, the country in which it originated, Ayurveda is a healing method that is rapidly growing in popularity in North America. Training is available across the United States and treatments and lifestyle counseling are offered in spas everywhere.
The Ayurveda Bible is a comprehensive guide that explores the Indian healing system of Ayurveda, from its origins in ancient Vedic scriptures to Ayurveda as practiced today. The book covers the three prime qualities of Ayurveda and how to assess a person's Ayurvedic constitution -- doshas and dhatus. It describes the relationship between food and a person's constitution and the role of preventative health in Ayurveda.
A full chapter is dedicated to Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment. It covers the causes and stages of disease, the principles of Ayurvedic treatment, detoxification, treatment of the doshas and dhatus, and Ayurveda and the mind. The Ayurveda Bible also contains a comprehensive and practical directory of Ayurvedic herbs, traditional preparations and formulas.
Indispensable for the practitioner and ideal for the novice, The Ayurveda Bible is a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the ancient healing practice.
Anne McIntyre is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and has been practicing herbal medicine for over 25 years. She has studied Ayurveda for over 20 years and has incorporated its wisdom into her herbal practice. She teaches extensively on herbal medicine and Ayurveda in the United States, the U.K. and Europe. Her other titles include The Top 100 Herbal Remedies and The Complete Woman's Herbal.
This book is an easy-to-follow and practical introduction to Ayurveda, the traditional natural healing system of India. Ayurveda is an ancient philosophy based on a deep understanding of eternal truths about the human body, mind and spirit, which is rapidly growing in popularity in the West. It offers us advice about how to keep ourselves healthy and to rebalance us when we become unwell. This book is ideal for anyone wanting to discover how Ayurveda can help them in their own life as well as for practitioners wishing to increase their healing repertoire.
The first part of this book, 'Understanding Ayurveda', defines Ayurveda and describes its history, placing it in the wider context of the development of medical philosophy in the East and its influence on that of medicine in the West. Ayurveda has survived through millennia until now largely as an unbroken tradition; two of its greatest values are its timelessness and its application to every facet of daily living today, just as it was relevant all those centuries ago. This book goes on to explain the philosophy and cosmology of Ayurveda, and explores its fundamental principles in detail. It describes and explains the basic tenets of Ayurvedic theory which are important to understand before you go on to consider treatment. It includes the five elements, the three doshas and their subtypes, the seven dhatus, the malas, the 20 attributes, and the srotas.
The second part of the book, 'Maintaining health and wellbeing', describes the three gunas, the prime energies of the universe that primarily affect the mind and advises a way of life to enhance inner peace and joy. It explains how to assess your Ayurvedic constitution, the balance of your three doshas, and includes a questionnaire. It goes on to explain the vital role of Agni, the digestive fire, in health and the prevention of disease and explains how the six tastes of foods and herbs can be used as tools for prevention as well as treatment.
Part 3, 'Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment', looks firstly at the causes and stages of disease from an Ayurvedic perspective, then at the art of diagnosis in all its forms, including tongue and pulse diagnosis. It explores the range of treatments you can use at home to balance the doshas and treat the dhatus, and the importance of detoxification to restore health to body and mind.
Lastly, part 4, 'Tools of Ayurvedic treatment', comprises a comprehensive directory of 50 of the most commonly used and available Ayurvedic herbs, followed by details of well-known Ayurvedic preparations and formulae. It describes Panchakarma, the deep and thorough detoxification practices of Ayurveda, and finishes with a discussion of Rasayana, the Ayurvedic science of rejuvenation.
I have used Ayurveda in my own practice as a herbalist for 20 years or so. As my knowledge of Ayurveda has increased I have found it an invaluable tool for helping myself and others understand how to prevent and treat health problems.
The Ayurvedic approach emphasizes the importance of addressing the roots of health and disease rather than the thousands of disease symptoms which arise from these roots. It is an approach that is simple without being simplistic and can be grasped by any of us wanting to maximize our healing potential through an understanding of ourselves and the universe around us.