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The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

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Based on the ancient healing tradition from India that dates back thousands of years, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines and treatments with practical advice and easy-to-follow instructions. A leading authority in this field, Dr. Vasant Lad first explains the principles behind the science of Ayurveda, explorin ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 1999 by Harmony (first published March 11th 1998)
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Aug 08, 2014 Hepburn rated it it was amazing
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One week ago, I attended the Ayurvedic workshop, where I learned the basic concept of Ayurveda, the characteristics of my dosha, pitta, and how to take care of my body, mind and spirit.
This book was just the right book for reviewing the things that I learned in the workshop.

According to this book, a pitta type like me should refrain from eating hot spicy dishes, sour, and fermented foods when out of balance. For a pitta type, summer is the most difficult time, so it is important to keep cool. On
Jun 01, 2013 Divya rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book and want to learn so much more. The book provides an excellent intro to a 5000 year old approach to health management from my beloved India - Ayurveda. It will leave you feeling inspired to try a more natural way to healing health. It also made me appreciate Indian cooking and brought understanding to why certain spices and ingredients are used (i.e. so that's why we grew up using cumin seeds and turmeric or why we had yogurt + cucumbers with dinner). The background on meditation ...more
May 16, 2015 Kara rated it it was ok
The book was not what I expected. I was looking for something more accessible to Western readers. For example Tulsi tea, how, why, when to drink it. Or turmeric. But no, these ingredients are not listed in the index. Instead the author uses compounded herbs by the compound names. So you won't find amla (amalaki) but you will find amla within Triphala nor will you find amalaki in the index, to point you to the page containing triphala. Also many remedies call for a compound mixture that you will ...more
Elise Blair
Apr 26, 2013 Elise Blair rated it it was amazing
My first book on the subject and was very happy with it. I feel like it gave me a lot of fun information. Very easy flow to the reading. I read it in like 2 days, would have been one if I had the time. Will buy his cookbook next.
Feb 25, 2015 Shivani rated it it was amazing
If I could give a book more than 5 stars, this would be the one. If there is one book on holistic healing that you are going to buy that is so simple yet so comprehensive and profound, pick this one up.
May 09, 2012 Chraeloos rated it liked it
Again, this book is good for an introduction to ayurveda, but if you've read a lot about it it doesn't offer anything new.
Jan 20, 2017 Sher rated it really liked it
This textbook is written by the founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico and provides a solid introduction to the the constitutional types in Ayurveda, along with an overview of how digestion works, and the relationship between qualities of food types and how they influence mind-states. Most of the book covers home remedies using food and herbs according to dosha. Sections on how to make ghee, herbal remedies, and oils are also included - along with skin preparations, and a section illus ...more
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Oct 13, 2013 Katharine Ott rated it liked it
"Ayurveda is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature." Our local medical powerhouse, the Cleveland Clinic, offers specialists trained in this 5000 year-old tradition, and when the Plain Dealer ran an introductory article, my interest was piqued. "The underlying assumption of Ayurveda is that each individual has the power to heal himself or herself."

More than half of the book is taken up by "Illnesses and Remedies, A to Z," which supplies recipes for oral concoctions, yoga and
Jan 01, 2009 Mary added it
I love thumbing through this book anytime I have an illness or I am sick. Packed with herbal home remedies it can be life changing to take one's health into your own hands. Try a ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass tea for a cold, or carrot juice for beautiful skin. Have fun and be creative!
Mrs Froggy
Jun 08, 2014 Mrs Froggy rated it liked it
This is my first book on this subject and it proved to be a valid introduction. It doesn't go deep in Ayurveda and some thesis are just thrown there with too much semplicity, sounding a little silly sometimes. In any case, if its scope is to make the reader curious about Ayurveda... it won.
Oct 05, 2014 Tiarra rated it it was amazing
This is a book that you can never truly finish reading as you will need to refer back to it over and over again. If you are looking for more natural remedies to cure ailments and/or just live a generally more healthy lifestyle then this is the book for you.
Sep 18, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book provides easy practical applications to everyday conditions.
Sherry Grimes-jenkins
May 27, 2013 Sherry Grimes-jenkins rated it really liked it
Great book teaches a lot about your dosha and how to care for your body. Handing it down to the kid.
Another must-have for home-remedy-Ayurveda folks. Really comprehensive and has never steered me in the wrong direction!
Kate Lumsden
Oct 28, 2011 Kate Lumsden rated it it was amazing
Great easy reference for common and less common ailments and easy ways to heal them at home. Also first 1/3 of book is a nice intro to Ayurveda.
Mike Wall
Sep 04, 2012 Mike Wall rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for someone new to Ayurveda and also serves as a great reference manual for common ailments.
Dec 19, 2008 Renee rated it it was amazing
There are 3 mind-body types- vata, pitta, and kapha. This book offers natural alternatives to conventional medicines and treatments. Very important, must have book!
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An Indo-American Ayurvedic Physician, Vasant Lad brought a wealth of classroom and practical experience in Ayurveda to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine and Sur ...more
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