This practical and inspirational handbook touches on every aspect of Ayurveda, a traditional healing system of India, for beginners, and serves as a refresher course for more seasoned students. Written by one of the world's leading Ayurveda practitioners and teachers, this guide offers a complete overview and lays out the principal areas of the system—involving eight branches that include medicine, toxicology, and geriatrics—in ways that are easy to follow yet not oversimplified. The author outlines the history, terminology, and practice, and includes a glossary of terms and a well-researched treatment section. The book also contextualizes Ayurveda within Buddhism, and recommends therapies and the herbs and plants that best accompany them.
For both students and practitioners of Ayurveda, The Handbook of Ayurveda is a must-read. For the student, complex principles are simplified, and for the practitioner, Ayurveda's depth is thoroughly explored. This book belongs in the library of anyone interested in the study of Ayurveda.
- Dr. John Douillard
This book clarifies what is to the western ear esoteric Ayurvedic terminology and offers a simplified overview of what to expect and look for regarding Ayurvedic treatment. It offers basic advice for improving health along with information on herbs common to Ayurvedic medicine and their uses. It also shows how Ayurvedic medical practices focus upon the whole person rather than the symptoms of disease, thus emphasizing the fact that western medicine has a great deal to learn from Ayurveda.
- Dr. Henrietta Turnbull