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The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  797 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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, exploring the ph ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 6th 1999 by Harmony (first published April 7th 1998)
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Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014_books
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 importan
Jun 01, 2013 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
Lia Alaverdyan
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The practice of nonviolence is the best among life-promoting practices, conservation of vital energy among the strength-promoting, and acquisition of knowledge among the nourishing practices. Control of sensory organs is the best to achieve happiness, and knowledge of reality for pleasure.
Elise Blair
Apr 26, 2013 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 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.
Jan 20, 2017 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
Oct 05, 2014 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.
Sandra Bloom
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a valuable guide to explore more about Ayurveda. I use a lot of Ayurvedic treatments in my daily life and in my haircare routine. I do not follow this 100%, because it does not fit my diet entirely.
Neha Tandon
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read the basics of Ayurveda, I wanted to dive into the next exploration of what to do when ___ happens. I got great insights from this book. It is one of its kind which makes a user aware of the general herbs and its nature of the action.

Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book provides easy practical applications to everyday conditions.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another must-have for home-remedy-Ayurveda folks. Really comprehensive and has never steered me in the wrong direction!
Mike Wall
Sep 04, 2012 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.
Alan Notgrass
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Interesting info I found it to be enlightening and informative. I would buy the hard copy. I highly recommend it.

May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Practical Guide

This was a comprehensive guide to ayurveda, especially helpful for applying principals on your own without expensive therapies and doctors

Dec 19, 2008 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!
Kate Lumsden
Oct 28, 2011 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.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is one of those books you refer to again and again.
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Infinitely useful, engaging, and practical. Many of the remedies in this book are accessible. In my opinion, this is a book everyone should own.
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
i am constantly using this as a reference.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This is my go to book for illness. it has never failed me.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really good book, Explains why and has simple home remedies.
Terra Wolski
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of good info! Would be a great book to have on hand!!
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good book for recipes and beginning Ayurvedic concepts but I will find more books to study further.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will be a great reference book :)
Sherry Grimes-jenkins
May 27, 2013 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.
May 09, 2012 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.
Sabrina Tang
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book. This book helps me alot. It works.
Jessica Young
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. I use it all the time as a tool for maintaining health and wellness. Comprehensible, informative, easy for all. Great.
May 16, 2015 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
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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