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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914955004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914955009
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc., brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.&S.) in 1968 from the University of Pune, in Pune, India and a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) in 1980 from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune. For 3 years, he served as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He also held the position of Professor of Clinical Medicine for seven years at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine, where he was an instructor for many years. Vasant Lad's academic and practical training includes the study of allopathic medicine (Western Medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. In 1979, he began traveling throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda and, in 1981, he returned to New Mexico to teach Ayurveda. In 1984, he founded and began as Director of The Ayurvedic Institute.

Vasant Lad's books include Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing and Secrets of the Pulse and co-author of The Yoga of Herbs and Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing. His work from Harmony Books, The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies, is a compendium of classic Ayurvedic treatments for common and chronic ailments. He is the author of a series of textbooks on Ayurveda. The Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamental Principles, Volume 1, The Textbook of Ayurveda: Clinical Assessment, Volume 2, and The Textbook of Ayurveda: General Principles of Management and Treatment, Volume 3 are the first three of the four-volume set covering the topics he teaches in his eight-month Ayurvedic Studies Program. He is co-author of a book on marma therapy, Marma Points of Ayurveda. Dr. Lad just revised and expanded his book on specific therapies, Ayurvedic Perspectives on Selected Pathologies, which in now available.

Vasant Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With almost 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.

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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Ashwin on December 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
While this book covers all the basic topics for an introductory book... I feel it doesn't delve into enough detail. Also, the writing style is terse and doesn't flow well. It was published in 1984.

I would highly recommend Lad's more recent book (Ayurvedic Remedies) that was published in 1998. It covers everything that is already in this book plus you get remedies for common ailments. That book is relatable and written in a more friendly manner. He addresses some western aspects (for example he touches on how westerners are averse to vaman/vomiting therapy). Its just $3 more, I would get that.
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174 of 182 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
Keeping it short: this is the only modern intro. to ayurveda that is utterly complete, thorough, concise... well written, top to bottom, thoughtfully organized.... full of very real everyday applications of ayurveda.... it's theory plus application.... confused about ayurveda? want more 'cause you still don't quite get it? yes, this is the book you need.... as an individual's very first book on ayurveda, it is potentially very dense, depending upon consciousness.... if you've already got the essentials in your head, this book will give you an acceleration of understanding...
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I had the privilage of being treated by Dr. Lad as well as going to several clases he gives at the Ayurvedic institute in Albuquerque NM. The book is a wonderful aid in trying to understand and identify health and disease. You have to be able to understand that "western" medicine is not the answer for everything and that in many cases it will eventually make you even sicker. What do you prefer, Prozac or a cup of some herbal tea that will eventually help you with depression?. What do you prefer, a cup of chamomile tea along with jatamansi or Pepto Bismol?. Ayurveda is something very real, helpful and extremely cheap. Hmmmm..... just wondering why allopacy wants to destroy alternative methods. Even better, is Ayurveda really an alternative treatment? 3,000 years before Jesus Ayurveda was being practiced...so, just wondering who's really alternative. Give it a try, Vasant Lad is a great humble and loving person.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By S. KUMAR on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book covers the fundamentals of holistic health / Ayurveda. This book helped me to understand the baics of our human body, why we get disease. It gave a positive perspective about health/life. So, Ayurveda not just treating the disease superficially. It's holistic healing with no side-effects (unlike alopathy).

Following book by the same author is also recommended:
~ The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad [If you want only one book,this is it! Every home who wants to be happy and naturally healthy should have this and follow it! ]

Ayurveda will save your money and health! :) Be healthy and happy!
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70 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
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I would recomend it to people with very little knowlegde of Ayurvedic pratices, Lad could have elaborated on the concept of Prakruti (basic constitution) and Vikruti (current condition)a bit more. Especially taking into consideration diet and it's effect on the combination of the constitutions.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BusyWitch on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great introduction to Ayurveda. Great information and very easy to understand... I enjoyed the book and my only two complaints were 1. As someone already mentioned there was not as much emphasis on constitutional types and the subject didn't get as in depth as I would have liked. 2. The style of writing was not as engaging as I would've liked.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LAVERN J. DE WILDE on December 17, 2009
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"Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing," is a succinct, wonderfully illustraded practical opus-guide to parts of the body related to the "tridoshas," (the three doshas - body-types we all possess that must be in delicate balance for whole-health." Dr. Lad informs the reader-student of the connections of body-types with the elements of the zodiac, (fire, earth-water, air-ether), which are the ancient foundations of all spiritual tradtions. The illustrated body parts of body-types, and the foods relative for whole health and irritation which creates imbalances, is of immense assistance in illustrating to the self-healer, and/or those who simply want to be more greatly informed about natural healing methods.
Thank you Dr. Vasant Lad for this greatly information text!!!!!!!
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213 of 287 people found the following review helpful By "andy7616" on March 10, 2001
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This was my first introduction to Ayurveda despite studying yoga for several years. I cannot judge how faithful the instructions in this book are to true Ayurvedic medicine; regardless of that, this book makes some strange and potentially hazardous medical recommendations. Pages 143-144 recommend taking the heavy metal mercury to "enkindle the enzyme system...and regenerate the tissues." Page 143 recommends lead as a cure for several disorders including skin diseases and venereal disease. Neither of these recommendations are accompanied by a warning that modern medicine has clearly identified these two metals as being toxic to humans. While these metals are promoted without warnings about their toxicity, the author warns readers about the dangers of vitamin intake. On page 87, the author claims that overpresciption of vitamins to patients by Western physicians may cause them to suffer from "hypervitaminosis." Page 140 makes great claims about the curative powers of onions. It claims that when used as a nasal inhalant or as eye drops they will relieve acute epileptic seizures, reduce cholesterol, and serve as a heart tonic. Ouch...that stings even just thinking about it. If the preceeding prescriptions haven't deterred you from subscribing to this book's recommendations, then the following might. Pages 42-44 suggest drinking a cup of your own urine each morning in order to cleanse and detoxify your large colon.
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