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Perfect Health (Revised Edition)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2,346 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
When it was first published in 1990, Deepak Chopra's Perfect Health quickly became an international bestseller. Combining ancient Ayurvedic healing practices with modern Western medicine, this unique book offered a step-by-step programme of mind/body medicine that could be tailored to the individual's needs.

Now, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of this classic bests
Paperback, 390 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Bantam (first published 1990)
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Aug 15, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anxious to learn more about Ayurveda, I found this book to be a wealth of information and a definite reference for the future. For me, this book was a great starting point into this amazing Eastern India concept. This is certainly a place to start if you are interested in learning more about the practices of Ayurveda.

I did notice, after completing a Metabolic Typing course that the Ayurvedic approach lists foods that my metabolic type differed from on a wide scale. For me, it goes back to listen
Chantel McCray
Feb 10, 2013 Chantel McCray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this all of the practices mentioned seemed vaguely familiar. It dawned on me that I saw this book in my great grandmothers bookshelf when I was a teenager, and I watched her practice Ayurveda (yoga, meditation, the specialized diet for each season, the herbal compounds and teas) almost my entire life. I didn't know that's what she was doing. I just thought she was my weird grandma. She lived a very long, active, and healthy life. She was absolutely gorgeous and intelligent until ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relieved to be done! This book has been on my "to-do" list since May. I appreciate many of the concepts Dr. Chopra stands by-- "our bodies are rivers, constantly changing... anything in the body can be changed with the flick of an intention". I enjoyed the basic run down of pranayama and yoga poses as well.
That said, I think the idea of the mind-body types, or doshas and their associated qualities seem to me, very subjective. The majority of the book encouraged expensive and time consuming Ayur
Feb 13, 2012 Noora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an interesting perespective on the correlation between genes, personalities and a healthy diet. If you follow the quiz and advice you may learn what specific foods make you groggy and a pain to be around, and what actually makes you feel happy and a pleasure to be around. Based on ancient traditions and science which can be applied today. Definitely will change the way you see your eating habits and the way you react to certain foods. Find balance in your three 'doshas' and you will find ba ...more
Jan 05, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister has recently gotten me interested in the field of Ayurveda, which many refer to as the medical side of yoga. In fact, it's an ancient Indian healing philosophy that strikes to balance the various doshas of the body. Each person is a combination of the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), and knowing your own constitution can help you to make decisions about diet, exercise, daily routines, and so forth. Chopra vehemently believes that you can attain perfect health -- even put off aging -- ...more
Monica McCarthy
Feb 03, 2008 Monica McCarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in ayurveda and holistic health
A great introduction to Ayurveda and easy to read. I found this helpful before going on a weekend Ayurvda retreat at the Laughing Lotus center in NYC. I've also gone to Chopra's Dream Center in the city and taken meditation and yoga...very relaxing!
Erin Berglin
Feb 23, 2011 Erin Berglin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great intro to ayurvedic health principles and just makes you feel good reading it!
Mary Wescott
Jul 02, 2008 Mary Wescott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a load of crap!
Mar 22, 2015 Cole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good intro to Aryuvedic medicine. However, I'd be curious to meet the people who have been cured of ailments through Aryuvedic medicine. I fully believe that a plant-based diet rids one of many ailments, but I'm somewhat skeptical about the simplification of every universal process into three energies. It sure is an interesting way to look at the universe, but it varies so much that I'd imagine it's hard to keep them in balance.

I qualify as a vata, and I'm not so excited about the exer
adri patamoma
que livro chaaaato!!! eu já comecei a lê-lo muitas vezes, desde o meu primeiro surto de naturebice (no final dos anos 90), mas nunca tinha conseguido passar da metade. desta vez, fiquei firme e forte e li toda a chatice até o fim! ufa! foi boa a sensação de meta cumprida, viu? este livro tem algumas ideias boas (ele recomenda ioga e meditação, que adoro e que nunca vão fazer mal pra ninguém), mas no geral achei muito blá-blá-blá -- é como ler um livro sobre o que o bom senso dita -- o bom senso, ...more
Cori Aguilar
Dec 17, 2012 Cori Aguilar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Colby Klein
Feb 23, 2014 Colby Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deepak Chopra has the most in depth approach to Ayurveda that I've found so far. The quiz at the start of the book used to identify your personal Dosha balance and "type" is incredibly accurate and the steps outlined for balancing and maximizing your potential were hugely helpful for me. The book is more or less tailored to the individual reading it, and all of my friends and family who I forced to take the test were equally surprised at how accurate the results were. The book has very little re ...more
Lisa Shultz
Aug 17, 2014 Lisa Shultz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't help adding more ingredients of health into your life after reading this book. Understanding that your health needs might be slightly different than someone else is also valuable because we each need to follow our innate nature and intuition as to what calms us or heals us. I will refer back to this book often and gladly recommend it to others who are interested in experiencing excellent health.
Lisa Jason
Apr 11, 2015 Lisa Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic and simple introduction to Ayurveda, the Indian health, wellness and anti-aging philosophy that has been around longer than Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are self-tests included.
Cláudia Martinelli fujihara
I think this book is a nice introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine. You can have an idea about the doshas and he gives some meditation, yoga and pranayama technics.
I just wouldn't call the quantum stuff that he writes a scientific thing. It's still a philosophy and a point of view on how our body and mind work and, for me, it makes sense.
Someone posted on reviews that this book is full of commin sense. Well, I think health is about common sense: eat better (more and different types vegetables, for
Kim Potvin
Very interesting read. Have not tried the diet recommended for my Ayurvedic "type" yet. Too many of my fav foods would have to be eliminated (avocados!). Read the 1990 version, which was given to me.
Richard Kravitz
Jul 29, 2016 Richard Kravitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first book on Ayurvedic medicine and diet. I used it in Chemistry, they kids got a kick out of determining their dosha.

Jan 09, 2016 R.cojocaru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book to start your Ayurveda. Simple and clear. Helps me a lot to understand better my body and my health strategy.
Aug 17, 2012 Hazel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This is a fascinating book on Ayurveda. You fill out the questionnaire to find out what body type you fall into, eg. kapha, pitta, etc. It makes sense to me. I've always noticed things like I need to stay warm since I often get sick if I get chilled. This book also talks about temperment. As in, are you easy to anger or are you mostly a calm kind of person? It's an interesting way to look at the topic of health. Lots of people might say this stuff is garbage but Ayurveda has been around a long t ...more
Karee Shonerd
Sep 22, 2015 Karee Shonerd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Deepak Chopra's philosophy and path to wellness. It is a very holistic approach and kept my attention.
Sarah Henley
Dec 15, 2014 Sarah Henley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Chopra has such a wonderful way of bringing spirituality into real life in a way that doesn't condescend.
Aug 17, 2016 Sharda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel moeilijk geschreven, maar zeer goed boek. Heeft me over mijn eigen leven laten nadenken
Jan 22, 2008 Theo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theo by: Corey Kaster
This book is so terribly exciting I can't help but tell everyone about it!!
Astonishingly accurate, the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine assists you in determining your body/mind type, thus enabling you to choose the activities, foods, aromas, exercises, and all around lifestyle habits associated with improving the health of YOUR specific type.
I can already say in no uncertain terms that I ascribe my anxiety being reduced to nil of incorporating what I've learned from this book.
Oct 18, 2014 Tamara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating information that I'm excited to put into practice. It makes sense why I do the things I do.
Lynn O'Neill
I wasn't overly happy with this book.
I felt at times it was more of an elaborate advertisement for his centre.
I took the quiz a few times to find my dosha (as I had with other books of his) and always ended up being a balance between all three - as this is rare I could conculde that the test itself is worth revising...
There was not much advice for the three dosha person either - i felt i was reading through pages that i couldn't relate to.
I am interested in the mind/body connection but felt it
Whitney Marie
Nov 28, 2013 Whitney Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deepak-chopra
This was the first book that I have read by Deepak Chopra and I enjoyed the knowledge that he has to offer about how our minds are connected to our bodies and so on. I will definitely recommend this book to others who are into meditation and other lessons that Deepak Chopra has to offer in the world of harmony and balance in one's body and mind.

This would be a great book to start with when starting to read works by Deepak Chopra for even though it is deep it also does a wonderful job of explain
Suman Srivastva
I want to grain the knowlaege
Hamsa N
Mar 08, 2016 Hamsa N rated it really liked it
Everytime I read something so native and novel, I only wonder what part of history turned the events around, that it was alienated from it's source and people.

An enriching read about Ayurveda, it's concepts and the ways of life. Certainly, our grandmoms knew so much better than us. And when your mother gives something from her kitchen - Listen, eat and drink. Don't argue.

So the book was definitely an eye-opener or a reminder of what has been already around. Enjoyed the journey!
V. A.
Nov 08, 2014 V. A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are simple things to consider and adapt in regards to our health. I loved the direct and clear explanation of the Doshas, exercises and even diet adjustments. I'd recommend this book to friends and family. I felt it was helpful and I like the approach of viewing a person's health as a whole.
Way too complicated a concept
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