An Introduction to Ayurveda

MS Valiathan, Orient BlackSwan, 2013, Pbk, 156 p, ISBN : 9788173718274, $15.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

An Introduction to Ayurveda

Contents: 1. Evolution of Healing. 2. Medicine in Buddhist India. 3. Basic concepts of Ayurveda. 4. Healthy Living (Swasthavrittha). 5. Food and Drinks. 6. Diseases. 7. Materia Medica. 8. Training in Medicine & Surgery. 9. Surgical Procedures. 10. Rejuvenation & Enhancement of Sexual Potency. 11. An Ayurvedic View of Life. 12. New Sprouts on an Age-old Tree. Appendix

This book is an introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine that had been practiced in the Indian subcontinent for several centuries. It seeks to acquaint the reader, without too many technical details, with the evolution of Ayurveda from its religious moorings to one based on reason and examination. It also discusses the strong influences of Buddhist thought on the development of Ayurvedic practices. The instruments and techniques used as well as the training methods for aspiring practitioners are discussed.

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