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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dandelion root, pysllium seed, cow's milk, salt, castor oil, raisins, mango juice An effective laxative for vata or pitta constitutions is a glass of hot milk to which two teaspoons of ghee have been added. (The preparation of ghee is described in Appendix C - Recipes.) This laxative, taken at bedtime will help to relieve the excess pitta causing the bile disturbance in the body. In fact, purgatives can completely cure the problem of excessive pitta. When purgatives are used, it is important to

most starchy foods become sweet after chewing and digestion, so their postdigestive taste, or vipak, is sweet. The Ayurvedic pharmacology is based upon rasya, virya and vipak of substances. In daily observation it is found that there are numerous other substances which have a specific unexplained action in the body. To acknowledge this action, Charak has used the term prabhav which literally means specific action without regard to rasa, virya and vipak or, the exception to the rule. The concept

Drinking water immediately before or after taking food adversely affects digestion. • Prolonged fasting is unhealthy. • Consuming excess water may produce obesity. • Excess intake of cold drinks reduces resistance and creates excess mucus. • Store water in a copper vessel or put copper pennies in the water. This water is good for the liver and spleen. • Taking a nap after lunch will increase kapha and body weight. Physical Hygiene • if possible, gaze at the rays of the sun at dawn for five

contraindications, garlic is very effective for vata disorders. Since it has a warming effect, it is helpful during the rainy season and the winter. It also relieves pain in the joints. However, garlic is not good for people of pitta constitution because of its hot and pungent attributes. This herb is-anti-rheumatic and may be used for a dry cough or congestion. It is very effective for sinus headaches and pain or tingling in the ear. In treating ear problems, three to four drops of garlic oil

understanding. Psychologically, pitta arouses anger, hate and jealousy. The small intestine, stomach, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes and skin are the seats of pitta. Pitta is formed from the two elements Fire and Water. The translation of kapha is biological water, and this bodily principle is formed from the two elements, Earth and Water. Kapha cements the elements in the body, providing the material for physical structure. This dosha maintains body resistance. Water is the main constituent of

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