Dec 18, 2020

Book Review: Ayurveda - The Science of Self Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

Among the various lifestyles that I have explored so far (vegan, WFPB, raw food, nature cure), the one I'm more inclined towards is the Ayurvedic way of living. Primarily, because it doesn't advocate a one-size-fits-all lifestyle. The emphasis on the individual, his/her unique traits, and suggesting a lifestyle that is best suited to his/her personality - I tend to resonate more with this underlying dimension of Ayurveda.

In my quest towards understanding more about Ayurveda, I picked up this book - Ayurveda - The Science of Self Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

This guide provides a basic understanding of various key principles of Ayurveda. The book elaborates on the human constitution or the tri-doshas. The characteristics of each dosha are well explained, both physical as well as mental attributes. It also talks briefly about the Panchakarma treatment procedures and their importance. The food guidelines for each dosha are well explained, along with a tabular chart of various foods that aggravate or balance a particular dosha. Though this chart is more inclined towards foods commonly available in the West, it is still a good reference. I also found the part on fasting quite interesting where the author has explained how the fasting duration is very much dependent on the individual constitution.

Along with food, the daily routine or Dinacharya guidelines are briefly explained - the overall guidelines as well as guidelines customized to each dosha. It is also fascinating to note the various Yoga asanas suited for each dosha. The concepts of Prana, Tejas, and Ojas are briefly touched upon and I would love to go deeper into understanding these concepts.

This is a good beginner's guide on Ayurveda, that kindles your interest in exploring this ancient life science further. If you are new to Ayurveda, I'd recommend you check out this book.

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