Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Healing Art
Ayurveda, the ancient system of holistic healing which has been used in India for over 5,000 years, aims to achieve health by bringing the individual into harmony with nature. Factors like diet, climate, time, place and heredity are taken into account in diagnosis and treatment.
Ayurvedic therapies include exercises, herbal preparations, diet, meditation, and internal cleansing, each tailored to the unique needs of the individual.
The first concise and authoritative introduction to Ayurveda gives a clear explanation of this ancient system of holistic medicine, guides us towards the understanding of our individual paths to health, explains the Ayurvedic therapies and how they can promote balance and harmony.
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The Five Elements and the Tridosha Theory
The Disease Process
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