In this textbook, the world-famous Ayurvedic doctor Dr. Vasant Lad the basic principles of Ayurveda in a dynamic and inspiring way.
When Vasant Lad reveals the mysteries of ancient Indian healing, he presents this centuries-old knowledge in such a way that it is easily accessible to the modern student and yet remains true to its roots.
Vasant Lad describes the world view of Ayurveda and how it permeates all levels of human existence. With a unique conciseness and depth, he explains the basic structures and functions of body, mind and soul, their structure and interaction. He shows the importance of the three temperaments (Doshas), the digestive fire (Agni), the seven body tissues (Dhatus), the three waste products (Malas), the subtle energies (Ojas, Tejas and Prana) and how their imbalance can cause diseases.
The book is rich in illustrations, tables and practical examples and helps the reader to gain a deep understanding of Ayurveda. Dr. Lad's explanations are of unusual clarity and beauty and show the way to true health, balance and joy.
The work is one of the most important Ayurveda textbooks and is already recommended as a basic work by many schools around the world. It could help Ayurveda achieve a breakthrough in German-speaking countries.
"Dr. Vasant Lad's publications, beginning with this first volume on the Basic Principles, are probably the most comprehensive Ayurvedic textbooks to have appeared in the West.
This series of books is sure to revolutionize Ayurveda study and practice around the world. All Ayurveda students should look seriously at it. "
Dr. David Frawley Pandit Vamadeva Shastri
"Dr. Vasant Lad is a true Vaidya - a connoisseur of reality. His latest work" The Handbook of Ayurveda "confirms his undisputed position as the leading expert on this ancient healing art."
Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon
"A mature teaching work for the western reader, written with great clarity, a wide heart and with humility before life ... You just have to read this wonderful basic book, which generations of students will enjoy with pleasure."
Dr. Vasant Lad learned Ayurveda first hand in India, but has lived and taught in the USA for many years. Perhaps because of this he is able to bridge the gap between the old Indian way and western thinking like no other.
"Anyone who wants to get seriously and deeply involved with the subject of Ayurveda will find the best conceivable introduction to this textbook. A systematically structured, profound, multi-layered textbook of a special kind, written in simple and understandable language. It wouldn't be me be surprised if it becomes THE standard work on Ayurveda within a short period of time.
To me, the longer I read this book, the more and more it feels like scripture. I always read only short passages - and it almost leaves me speechless on a regular basis. How can a person convey so much depth with so few words? "Birgit Kratz
Vasant Lad, B.M.A.S., M.A.Sc. is an Ayurvedic doctor. In 1968 he received his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.M.A.S.) from Pune University and in 1980 a Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) degree in Pune, India. He worked for three years as Medical Director at the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune. For seven years he was Professor of Clinical Medicine at Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine, where he taught for many years. Vasant Lad's academic and practical training includes the study of allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as that of traditional Ayurveda.