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Ayurveda Encyclopedia
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Publisher:  Ayurveda Holistic Center Press ISBN-10:  0965804224 Type: 


Copyright:  Jun 1 1998


686 pages (8.5 x 11") tome includes introduction, 85-herb materia medica with photos; ayurvedic yoga with photos; research; in-depth pathology & diagnosis; thousands of disorders covered in detail; nutrition; aromatherapy; pet care; spiritual counseling; meditation; much more. Read chapter 1 online.

Ayurveda, the “science of life,” or longevity, is the holistic alternative science from India, and is more than 5,000 years old. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of all others. Buddhism, Taoism, Tibetan, and other cultural medicines have many similar parallels to Ayurveda. The secret of Ayurveda’s individualized healing method was preserved in India, whereas it has been lost or superseded in other cultures.

The First World Medicine
- Ayurveda (pronounced I-your-vay-da), said to be a world medicine, is the most holistic or comprehensive medical system available. Before the arrival of writing, the ancient wisdom of healing, prevention, and longevity was a part of the spiritual tradition of a universal religion. Healers gathered from the world over, bringing their medical knowledge to India. Veda Vyasa, the famous sage, preserved the complete knowledge of Ayurveda in writing, along with the more spiritual insights of ethics, virtue, and Self-Realization. Others say Ayurveda was passed down from God to his angels, and finally to humans.
The methods used to find this knowledge of herbs, foods, aromas, gems, colors, yoga, mantras, lifestyle, and surgery are fascinating and varied. The sage, physicians/surgeons of the time were the same sages or seers, deeply devoted holy people, who saw health as an integral part of spiritual life. It is said that they received their training of Ayurveda through direct cognition during meditation. That is, the knowledge of the use of the various methods of healing, prevention, longevity, and surgery came through Divine revelation; guessing, or animal testing was unnecessary. These revelations were transcribed from oral tradition into written form, interspersed with aspects of mortal life and spirituality.

Originally four main books of Vedic spirituality existed. Topics included health, astrology, spiritual business, government, army, poetry, and ethical living. These are known as the Vedas: Rik, Sama, Yajur, and Atharva. Ayurveda was used along with Vedic astrology (called Jyotish, that is, one’s “inner light”). Eventually, Ayurveda was organized into its own compact system of health and considered a branch of Atharva Veda. This Upaveda dealt with the healing aspects of spirituality; although, it did not directly treat spiritual development. Passages related to Ayurveda from the various Vedas were combined into separate books dealing only with Ayurveda. Among the Rik Veda’s 10,572 hymns are discussions of the three constitutions (doshas): air (Vayu), fire (Pitta), and water (Kapha). Topics comprised organ transplants, artificial limbs, and the use of herbs to heal diseases of the mind and body and to foster longevity. Within the Atharva Veda’s 5,977 hymns are discussions of anatomy, physiology, and surgery.

Table of Contents
Photos of Ayurvedic Doctors: Atrea, Ashwin Twins

Section 1 Fundamentals
Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: The Human Universe

Section 2 Analysis
Chapter 3: Analyzing Constitutions & Illness

Section 3 Therapeutics
Chapter 4: Herbology
Chapter 5: Herb Terminology Glossary
Chapter 6: Nutrition
Chapter 7: Pancha Karma
Chapter 8: Aromatherapy
Chapter 9: Ayurvedic Hatha Yoga & Pranayam
Chapter 10: Sound Therapy: Mantras, Chakras, Music
Chapter 11: Color & Gem Therapies
Chapter 12: External Influences: lifestyle, seasons, exercise
Chapter 13: Ayurvedic Psychology, Ethics, Spiritual Counseling

Section 4 Specific Illnesses & Diseases
Chapter 14: Circulatory System
* Bleeding
* Anemia
* Heart
* Blood Pressure
* Arteriosclerosis
* Paraplegia
Chapter 15: Digestive System
* Anorexia
* Vomiting
* Diarrhea/Dysentery
* Digestion
* Abdomen
* Jaundice
* Gall Stones
* Dyspepsia
* Indigestion
* Gastroenteritis
* Colic
* Hyperacidity
* Gastritis
* Malabsorption
* Parasites
* Constipation
* Hemorrhoids
* Obesity
* Candida
* Ulcers
* Toxin/Ama
Chapter 16: Infections & Wounds
* Fever
* Abscess
* Sinus
* Wounds
* Inflammatory ulcers
* Fractures/Dislocations
Chapter 17: Respiratory System
* Cough
* Breathing
* Hiccup
* TB
* Cold
Chapter 18: Urinary System (including diabetes)
Chapter 19: Ear, Nose, Throat; Mouth & Eyes
Chapter 20: Nervous System
* Convulsions
* Sciatica
* Insanity
* Epilepsy
* Addictions
* Alcohol Recovery
* Fainting
* Coma
* Wasting
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Parkinsons
* Alzheimers
Chapter 21: Skin
* Warts
* Skin
* Leukoderma
* Herpes
Chapter 22: Neoplasm/Abnormal Growths
* Scrotum
* Fistula
* Elephantiasis
* Hernia
* Tumors
* Cancer
Chapter 23: Reproductive System
* Females
* Childbirth
* Planets & Newborns
* Males
* Venereal Diseases
Chapter 24: Immune System
* Epstein Barr
* Allergies
Chapter 25: Metabolic System
* Edema
* Meningitis
* Quinsy
* Tonsillitis
* Abscesses
* Goiter
* Hyperthyroidism
* Benign Tumors
* Gout
* Thirst
Chapter 26: Miscellaneous
* 3 vital organs
* headaches/migraines
* arthritis/rheumatism
* dangerous spiritual practices
* herbs for tissues & organs
* gland definitions
* organs & doshas
* when to take herbs
* herbal recipes
* mutually incompatible foods
* herb preparation & use
* Ayurvedic Acupuncture

Chapter 27: Outer Healing
* Beauty care
* Vedic Architecture
* Feng Shui
* Scientific Research
* Ecology & household products

Sanskrit Alphabet
Dosha Self-Test/Client Health Form
Dosha Food Plans
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Professional Reviews

Joseph Loizza, MD/Columbia Presbyterian Center
"...the most comprehensive, clear, and user friendly resource book on Ayurveda...thorough and reliable reference...provides western medical translations and a valuable glossary."

Alternative Healthcare Management
"...encyclopedia is exactly what this book is. The appendix is a book in itself...I took an 8-week course on Ayurveda and the course text book was not even close to being as comprehensive as the Ayurveda definitely need this book. The depth and mass of information available here will undoubtedly teach you something new on this ancient healing system."

David Frawley- Author/Dir. American Institute of Vedic Studies
" important reference volume for all students of Ayurveda and Yoga, almost a complete course in Ayurveda...a monumental much material in such a concise and clear manner..."

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