Dr. Lad, the world’s leading expert in Ayurvedic medicine, explains the principles behind the science of Ayurveda, based on an ancient healing tradition from India that dates back thousands of years. In The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Remedies, safe and effective alternatives to Western medical treatments are explained. Discover how to determine your Ayurvedic “type”, and learn how to treat common ailments and chronic conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, sore throats, acne, arthritis, high cholesterol, and anxiety. Discover the health benefits of yoga postures, meditation, breathing exercises, cleansing and rejuvenating programmes, diet and nutrition, herbs, and essential oils that can be found in almost any health food store.
Dr. Lad’s authoritative guide tell you all you need to know about achieving physical and spiritual healing, including the principles behind the science of Ayurveda, exploring the physical and psychological characteristics of each of the three doshas, or mind-body types – Vata, pitta, and Kapha. Once you have determined which type or combination of types you are, Dr. Lad helps you to begin your journey to the ultimate “state of balance” and well-being.
Dr. Lad also explains why certain imbalances often result in illness and show you how to restore your body to the natural order. You’ll also learn which traditional Ayurvedic remedies – herbal teas and formulas, essential oils, meditation, yoga – offer much-needed relief from a variety of conditions, such as cold and flu symptoms, headaches, toothaches, sore throats, high cholesterol, vision problems, anxiety, and depression.
This book also explains specific Ayurvedic techniques to prevent future illness and to promote body consciousness and healthy living.
Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life and longevity”, is also the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature, as both prevention and healing are carried out entirely by natural means, with an equally vital balance among body, mind, and the soul or consciousness. Ayurveda is a holistic system of healing in the truest sense with the interaction between body, mind, and consciousness, creating cosmic energies and relationships with other people and the environment.
From the moment of conception, the individual constitution is created by the universal energies of Space, Air, Water, and Earth of which Earth and air constitute Vata -the energy of movement, Fire, and Water constitute Pitta, the principle of digestion or metabolism, the transformation of matter into energy and water and water make Kapha, the energy of structure and lubrication. When male sperm and the female egg join at the time of fertilization, the Vata-Pitta-Kapha factors from the parent bodies that are most active and predominant due to the season, the time, the emotional state, and the quality of their relationships form a new individual with a particular constellation of qualities.
The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad, Piatkus