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Ayurvedic Medicine


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About the Author. Dedication. Preface. Acknowledgements. Abbreviations. Introduction. Part I. 1. The History of Ayurveda and the Growth of the Materia Medica. 2. The Basic Principles of Ayurveda. 3. Ayurvedic Herbal Pharmacology and Pharmacy.: Dravyaguna and Bhaisajya Vyakhyana. 4. Ayurvedic Therapy and Treatment: Cikitsa. Case Studies. 5. The Scientific Basis of Ayurveda. Part II. 6. Plant Profiles. Plant Profile Template. Ajmoda. Ajwain. Aloe. Amalaki. Anthrapachaka. Aragvadha. Arjuna. Askoka. Ashwagandha. Bakuchi. Bala. Bhallataka. Bhringaraja. Bhumiamalaki. Bibhitaki. Bilva. Brahmi. Cardamon. Castor. Chiretta. Chitraka. Chrysanthemum. Cinnamon. Cloves. Coleus. Coriander. Cumin. Damanaka. Daruharidra. Devadaru. Dhattura. Ephedra. Fennel. Fenugreek. Frankincense (Indian). Garlic. Ginger. Gokshura. Gotu Kola. Guduchi. Guggulu. Gurmar. Haritaki. Hemp Seed. Hingu. Jasmine. Jatamamsi. Kalamegha. Kanchanara. Kapikacchu. Karavella. Krishna Jiraka. Kushtha. Kutaja. Kutki. Lemon and Lime. Lemongrass. Licorice. Lotus. Manjishtha. Mint. Mustaka. Mustard Seed. Myrrh. Neem. Nutmeg. Pepper. Pippali. Pit Shirisha. Pomegranate. Psyllium. Punarnava. Pushkaramoola. Rhubarb. Rose. Safed Musali. Safflower. Saffron. Salt. Sandalwood. Sariva. Sarpagandha. Senna. Shankhapushpi. Shatavari. Shilajit. Tagarah. Tila. Trivrut. Tulsi. Turmeric. Vacha. Vamsa Lochana. Varuna. Vasa. Vidanga. Vidari. 7. 52 Common Ayurvedic Formulas. Asava, Arista: Medicated Wines. Avaleha: Medicinal Jams. Curna: Powder Preparations. Pusyanuga Curna. Guggulu: Pills made with Commiphora Mukul. Kvatha: Decoctions. Siddha Ghrta: Medicated Ghees. Siddha Taila: Medicated Oils. Vati: Tablets. Part III. Appendix 1: Tables. Appendix 2: Treatment Glossary. Appendix 3: Glossary of Terms. Appendix 4: Resources. Appendix 5: Bibliography. Appendix 6: Index of Plant Names. Appendix 7: A Note on the Transliteration and Pronunciation of the Sounds. Index.

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This book provides guidance on how to incorporate herbal medicine into life and practice, with details of over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs and 50 traditional formulas

About the Author

Sebastian Pole, Lic OHM, Ayur HC, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chinese Herbalist working in Bath, UK, and is also a passionate ecologist. He is a member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association and former Director of the Pharmacopoeia Committee, as well as a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has spent many years living in India studying Ayurveda and Yoga, has a degree in Hindi and Indian Religions and is a qualified yoga teacher. Sebastian is the Herbal Director and founding partner of Pukka Herbs, The Organic Ayurvedic Herb Specialists.


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ayurvedic Medicine - the principles of traditional practice, is well worthy of in depth study for students, scholars and practitioners of Ayervedic Medicine. -- John E Smith * The Herbalist *

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