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.
User-friendly... highly practical for both newcomers to ayurvedic healing, who require a detailed introduction, as well as veteran practitioners, who will find it a useful quick reference... A wonderful, functional guide for holistic and natural healing collections.
- Library Journal on 01/07/2012
If you've ever thought about rethinking the way you approach your whole lifestyle then this book is a real gem for your bookcase... The Ayurveda Bible is the definitive guide to Ayurvedic healing. With easy-to-follow chapters offering advice about the best ways to keep ourselves healthy through diet, lifestyle and exercise, the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and treatments for common ailments are available in simple chapter form for easy reading. Helpful images break up text, and separate chapters focus on teaching the looks and properties of different herbs or help overall health and mind satisfaction... This guide is a great way to introduce yourself to a new way of living and fresh thinking on how to swap pills for herbs. After thousands of years of everyday practice, Ayurveda must be doing something right to have stood the test of time.
- Wahanda Book Club on 24/05/2012
Part 1: Understanding Ayurveda
The history and philosophy of Ayurveda
The principles of Ayurveda
Part 2:Maintaining health and well-being
The three prime qualities (gunas)
Assessing your Ayurvedic constitution
Agni -- the vital role of digestive fire
Food and your constitution
Part 3: Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment
The causes and stages of disease (Samprapti)
Ayurvedic diagnostic techniques
The principles of Ayurvedic treatment (Chikitsa)
Treatment of the doshas
Treatment of the dhatus
Ayurveda and the mind
Part 4: Tools of Ayurvedic treatment
A directory of Ayurvedic herbs
Traditional preparations and formulae
The concept of Rasayana
Glossary of Sanskrit terms
Glossary of Western terms
About the Author:
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.