Ayurveda: The Indian Art of Natural Medicine and Life Extension

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Apr 1, 1990 - Health & Fitness - 176 pages
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Ayurveda, the ancient Indian "science of longevity," is a holistic healing system that restores internal balance, health, and a sense of well-being through consistent attention to natural lifestyle, good eating habits, and the healing power of herbs. The author explains how sunlight, heat, air, and water, together with animal, vegetable, and mineral substances are applied in therapy to stimulate the body's natural immunity and healing capacity. One of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda emphasizes health education and the vital relationship between humankind and medicinal plants.
  

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Contents

THE GREEN POWER OF AYURVEDA Introduction and Comparisons
11
I HAVE IT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE Communication Between Man and Plants
18
THE DEEP WELLSPRING OF THE PAST Origins and Historical Development
22
THE SHAPING OF THE FUTURE Things Present and To Come
30
CREATION As AN ONGOING EVENT The Spiritual Background
34
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF EXISTENCE Immediate Perception Through the Senses
39
THE KEY OF LIFE The Three Supporters
43
THE POWER OF THE WIND The Principle Known as Vata
47
PARALLELS IN THE WEST Galens Pharmacology
101
PLANTS AND TASTES The Vindication of the Senses
103
THE SWEET LIFE The Taste Madhura with Examples of Its Action
105
WHEN WE TURN SOUR The Taste Amla with Examples of Its Action
116
THE SALT OF LIFE The Taste Lavana with Examples of Its Action
120
A Brr OF BITE The Taste Katu with Examples of Its Action
123
THE BITTER TRUTH The Taste Tikta with Examples of Its Action
132
ASTRINGENCY The Taste Kasaya with Examples of Its Action
141

THE POWER OF FIRE The Principle Known as Pitta
55
THE POWER OF COHESION The Principle Known as Kapha
61
THE RESTORATION OF HARMONY A Casebook Example
67
THE INTERIOR OF THE BODY Tissues Vessels and Secretions
70
THE BIOLOGICAL FIRE Agni the Fire of Life
78
WE ARE WHAT WE EAT The Importance of Diet
81
WHAT DOES THE UNIVERSE TASTE LIKE? An Alternative Mode of Knowing
85
THE HEALER WITHIN Ayurvedic Treatment Starts with the Healthy
148
NOTES
157
BIBLIOGRAPHY
161
GLOSSARY OF SANSKRIT WORDS
165
Index of English Plant Names
171
Medical Index
173
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About the author (1990)

Birgit Heyn is a Viennese pharmacist who became disenchanted with conventional medicine and the over-dependency of patients upon synthetic drugs. She studied Ayurveda during a period of many years with several Indian teachers and at the Hindu University of Benares. This book is a synthesis of her studies and continued research, providing an excellent overview of both the science and philosophy of Indian natural healing.

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