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Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing

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For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. This beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains history & philosophy, basic principles, diagnostic techniques, treatment, diet, medicinal usage of kitchen herbs & spices, first aid, food aid, food antidotes and m ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Lotus Press (WI)
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Laura Zurowski
I would recommend this text only after gaining some introductory knowledge or experience with Ayurveda.

A few months back, after consulting with an Ayurvedic doctor in my city for dietary advice to combat seasonal affective disorder, I read Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda, and Johnny Brannigan. That book, combined with information provided by the doctor, helped set the stage for getting the most out of this text and moving my understanding o
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
It's tempting to just write "hogwash" and be done with it, but I don't want to be that disrespectful either to another culture or to someone who based on his acknowledgments seems like a really nice guy.

That being said, I started having concerns early on with the different body types when there seemed to be so much preference given to one type. Usually they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but this felt lop-sided and maybe a little racist. Other things didn't sit right, but then the next
Sara Alaee
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ayurveda illuminates the basic laws governing life on earth. To understand it is to understand the forces that engender our well-being. It is an ancient system of wisdom that encompasses the vast horizon where human consciousness merges into Cosmic Consciousness. This brief introductory book attempts to introduce readers to the life science in an understandable manner. However, with many raised questions still unanswered I hope for a more comprehensive book. (Any recommendations would be appreci ...more
This was such a quick and enaging book that gives an overview of ayurveda and practical tips for improving health and consciousness. It has wonderful charts and clear explanations of ayurvedic health techniques, like nasal massage, diet recommendations, finding your own constitution, and simple yoga postures. All of this with a basic explanation of the philosophy behind ayurveda ("The Science of Daily Life").

If you are at all curious to BEGIN learning about ayurveda I found this to be so enrichi
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The primer for basic principles of ayurveda.
Jason Prasad
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been practicing yoga's sister ayurveda for a few months now and am absolutely loving it! Finding out that I'm kapha dominant has made a massive difference to my energy levels, digestion, yoga. It's been great to know that many of the things I've learned to do intuitively has already been laid out in ayurveda, and it's as if someone's already understood and done the rest of my homework for me! I've been learning through sharing articles and guidance by friends. Read this book this week, it w ...more
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leben
This is a great introduction in case you want to learn about ayurveda without prior experience. It is a concise read that outlines the major concepts and principles of vedic science. When i get sick, have some kind of health issue or am looking for advice on lifestyle more generally i like to search the index and table of contents and start from there. I always find this book very insightful and have it at hand.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Am I a doctor now? That’s how this book made me feel. Enjoyed learning about my pulse being like a swan.
Jewel Pearce
TW//Eating Disorders

I'm not rating this because I never rate Non-Fiction books but I cannot express how much you should not read this book if you have TW: any kind of eating disorder. I had to read this for class and as someone who decided to go into the nutrition field to help others who struggle with eating disorders in the same way I do (among many other reasons but for the sake of this review)

I'm sure this book has its merits but I simply cannot look past the idea of "Therapeutic Vomiting"
Rupesh Koirala
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Vasant Lad has clearly explained the Ayurveda concepts of doshas - vatha, pitta, kapha, and how it affects the person. Moreover, the author has touched the basic of everything form the ayurvedic side. Ayurveda is a plant science found my rishi Dhanwantari which dates prehistory.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about Ayruveda, doshas, panchakarma, meditation etc.
Debra Brunk
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the first I've read on Ayurveda and the topic/field is very interesting. However, I felt like this book 'dumped' a bunch of terms and I was left floundering trying to put all the information together in a logical way. If you're just getting started in this area, I would try to find another book that takes the time to go into some of the history and details. ...more
Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Andrew by: Elisa
Excellent, goes well beyond the simple lists of balancing foods for each dosha, but explains the theory behind them. Branches out into appropriate asanas, waking practices, eating patterns and delves somewhat into more advanced learning. (gunas, etc.)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
For me it was a quick read. i gobbled up all the information and I'm looking forward to knowing more. i think the author did a great job outlining the major parts of Ayurveda medicine. His methods of delivery was very clear. i think this is a great beginner book. ...more
Aug 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Informative intro to the subject. Esp liked the section that addresses understanding from a western perspective. Gave me lots of ideas of practical stuff to incorporate into my daily life.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: b-o-d-y, ayurveda
Good text, but I like Lad's other book (Complete Home Remedies) more. Still, one can never have too many Ayruvedic texts :) ...more
Aurore Henze
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: natural-health
A very simple Ayurvedic book- too simple in my opinion, but it gives a very good understanding about the meridians and diagnostics such as urine, tongue and pulse diagnosis.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I definitely recommend it to someone that's looking for an introduction of Ayurveda. It was really interesting to me. Very complete. ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga-books
A good introduction for anyone interested in learning about Ayurveda for the first time.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the attempt to read as many books on ayurveda as I can, this seemed like the place to start with. Comprehensive, readable, and enjoyable. I found it inspiring as well.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book conveys what I see as a very classical version of the Ayurvedic science. While I am sure that the practices outlined in the book have been helpful to people over the centuries, I think some of them would be hard to transfer to the lives of most Americans. There is definitely some wisdom to the Ayurvedic system, but our fast paced American life and the practices of our culture would make it hard to faithfully adhere to the Ayurvedic practices. It would mean a complete shift in lifestyle ...more
Keith Lawrence
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been enjoying this book for years for so many reasons. Ayurveda is probably the oldest complete holistic system of health on the planet. When I say complete I mean that it starts with a cosmology and then ties in health factors based on this cosmology. In fact if all one focused on from this book was the beginning in which Lad delves into the cosmology, it would be immensely enriching.
It is a very deep book that will not be absorbed in one listen but, if you like deep reads, listening again
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow. This was like a fantasy info-dump. I love how people keep calling Ayurveda and Yoga sciences without knowing (or attempting to define!) what science actually means. I also love how toxins keep coming up and that I now know dozens of ways to get rid of them without ever learning what they are. I love the physiognomy etc. that is continuously proven wrong with easy black-swan examples and which is only slightly racist.
Don't get me wrong, Ayuveda was a world view that at some point might have
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read, self-help
I have been wanting to read on Ayurveda for a couple of months now. After a lot of reasearch, this is the book which popped up multiple times for an Indian author and I decided to pick it up. I would say this as a beginner's guide to Ayurveda. It also includes chapters taking about how to diagnose but I would suggest to consult a certified ayurvedic doctor for this. Otherwise the book provides a good overview of the basic concepts of Ayurveda and some suggestions to lead a good and healthy lifes ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first book on Ayurveda and explains why I'm overwhelmed. I'm pretty new to the subject and for me, it was like a child who has travelled to a Disneyworld for the first time

It removes the notion that India is a vegetarian country. Vasant Lad is a famous name and that's how I thought of picking up his book from Narmad Library.

If you are new to Ayurveda or someone who wants to understand the basic including the options of what meat to eat, this is a go-to book. A lucid read
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great intro read into Ayurvedic principles. Some sections regarding treatment seemed a little intense although I imagine without modern medicine perhaps they held merit.
Otherwise a great book on understanding the connection between yourself, your emotions, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. I will certainly adapt part of my diet and routine to conform with my primary dosha(pitta) to balance myself when I start having a harder time with my health.
Mitali Shah
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read in basic concepts of Ayurveda. I liked the first half where they describe the principles Ayurveda. It is explained in a simple language which makes a complex subject easy to understand. The second half is full of remedies which will be useful only when you want to treat issues using these principles. It is a handy guide for beginners.
Hannah Henson
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very informative. Touched on a little bit of everything that Ayurveda has to offer, much like a beginner's course. Definitely opened the door for me to delve deeper into this ancient science. I'm intrigued. ...more
Christina Wiseman
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
While no one can hope to fully understand an ancient belief system from one book, I hoped to gain a basic layman’s knowledge. The author tried, but too often went down tangent paths difficult for me to follow (and remember).
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hippie, best-of-2019
I must own a physical copy of this book immediately. Others are correct in stating that the reader needs a fundamental introduction to Ayurveda prior to picking this up, but for those who do, I can not recommend this quick guide enough.
Shanmugam Ramasamy
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A very concise introduction to Ayurveda . Has a lot of good home remedies to try. It would have been nice if experiments and benefits that people got from these experiments were mentioned. It’s definitely a good effort to introduce Ayurveda .
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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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