Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide

Vasant Lad

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0914955004

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 the following: history & philosophy * basic principles, * diagnostic techniques * treatment * diet * medicinal usage of kitchen herbs & spices * first aid * first aid * food antidotes * and much more More than 50 concise charts, diagrams and tables are included, as well as a glossary and index in order to further clarify the text.

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demands constant awareness. If one eats hot, spicy chilis, for instance, what do the senses reflect? Because of the sharp and penetrating action of this food, one immediately experiences such bodily sensations as heat, sweating and a burning sensation in the mouth. Also on the following day, the urine and feces might create a burning sensation. The concepts governing the pharmacology, therapeutics and food preparation in Ayurveda are based on the action and reaction of the twenty attributes to

the vata element becomes impaired if a fast is continued too long and this impaired element will create fear, anxiety, nervousness, and weakness. The same restriction on length of fasting holds for individuals of pitta constitution. A fast of more than four days will aggravate pitta, increasing the fire element in the body. This increased pitta will cause psycho/physical reactions of anger, hate and dizziness. People with kappa constitutions, however, may observe prolonged fasts. They will feel

also suggests ways in which the individual can meet death peacefully. According to Ayurveda, death is a friend of man. The body dies: however, there is no death of the individual consciousness (soul): it is eternal. To attain freedom, discipline is required. The Ayurvedic foundations of discipline are a careful diet and a balanced way of living. Discipline of the body, mind and spirit is gained through pursuit of such traditional practices as yoga, pranayarna and tantra. Such practices will

matter. Water provides the classic example: the solid state of water, ice, is a manifestation of the Earth principle. Latent heat (Fire) in the ice liquifies it, manifesting the Water principle: and then eventually it turns into steam, expressing the Air principle. The steam disappears into Ether, or space. Thus the five basic elements, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, are present in one substance. All five originated in the energy issuing from Cosmic Consciousness: all five are present in all

................ 39 D. Repressed Emotions .......................... 40 E. The Three Malas .............................. 41 F. The Seven Dhatus ............................. 44 Chapter V - Attributes ............................... 48 Chapter VI - Diagnosis ............................... 52 A. Examination of the Radial Pulse .................. 52 B. Tongue Diagnosis ............................. 59 C. Facial Diagnosis .............................. 62 D. Lip Diagnosis

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