The Principles of Traditional Practice
Ayurvedic Medicine clearly and comprehensively presents the unique theories and traditions of Ayurveda making them accessible to the health practitioner of today.
With a brief history of traditional medicine in India and discussion of principles, treatment strategies and traditional Ayurvedic pharmacy and pharmacology, the book offers an essential overview of the culture in which Ayurveda has developed and the scientific basis behind this holistic approach. It details over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs, with images of fresh and dried plants, and 50 traditional formulas, including characteristics, usage, combinations, contraindications, and safety and dosage information for each.
This essential resource explains the traditional medical system of Ayurveda, and provides guidance to students and practitioners on how to incorporate herbal medicine into their life and practice.
For the western herbal clinician this book by Sebastian Pole represents an ideal and valuable introduction to the complex discipline of Ayurveda. Written in a clear, logical and accurate manner by an author who is well-versed in both Ayurveda and western herbalism, it outlines the basic principles of philosophy, diagnosis and treatment as well as the individual properties of the extensive Ayurvedic materia medica. No doubt serious students of Ayurveda will find it essential reading.
– Kerry Bone, BSc (Hons), Dip Phyto, FNIMH, FNHAA, AHG, MCPP, FANTA, Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy and Associate Professor in the School of Health at the University of New England
Sebastian Pole has composed a creditably written manual for practitioners and students alike. He has captured the holistic approach of Ayurvedic Medicine in such a simplistic way, that this intricate method becomes an easy read. Pole's book educates the reader on all aspects of this traditionally Indian system of Healing, he has established some of the original concepts of this practice, and explains in great detail the basic principles and even the scientific foundations of the medicine.
– The Association of Natural Medicines Limited
This book offers an overview of the culture in which Ayurveda devleoped and a scientific basis behind its theories and traditions. It then discusses the principles and treatment strategies used in Ayurveda... Suggestions guide the reader into creating good combinations and developing these into blends, with 50 traditional formulas used as examples.
– American Herb Association Quarterly
Ayurvedic Medicine clearly and comprehensively presents the unique theories and traditions of Ayurveda making them accessible to the health practitioner of today... the book offers an essential overview of the culture in which Ayurveda has developed and the scientific basis behind this holistic approach... This essential resource explains the traditional medical system of Ayurveda, and provides guidance to students and practitioners on how to incorporate herbal medicine into their life and practice.
– Embody Magazine
This is a book that makes reading and learning easy - easy on the eye, layout and written in a manner that captivates and makes one want more. A good reference book for anyone with an interest in Ayurveda and Ayurvedic herbs... This is a book that can be dipped into many times with each time bringing to the forefront a new gem.
– Seed Institute Newsletter
At last, a truly excellent Ayurvedic textbook, ideal for herbal practitioners and students alike as well as for other healthcare practitioners, enabling not only a proper understanding of Ayurvedic principles, but also providing a practical materia medica as a vital reference during practice. This is a book that goes far beyond the many more superficial books so far available on Ayurveda and other available textbooks on Ayurvedic herbs that present a largely Western pharmacological approach while neglecting the Ayurvedic applications.
– Annie McIntyre, FNIMH, MAPA, Ayur HC, Practising Medical Herbalist, UK
'Pole has created a multi-faceted text on Ayurvedic herbs and their medicinal use. The structure of the text is in two major parts. In the first part, he discusses the foundations, principles, and tenets of Ayurveda. This offers a solid foundation for the utilization of part two in which 150 herbs and formulas are profiled. [...] The whole text, beautifully presented [...], is a treasure that belongs in the library of every student and practitioner!"
– Light on Ayurveda Journal (LOAJ), Vol. VI, Issue 3
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