VASANT LAD, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., was born in India and served three years as the medical director of the Ayurvedic Hospital in Pune, India. He is a world-renowned expert on the practices and health benefits of Ayurvedic medicine and has lectured at seminars and workshops with Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Andrew Weil, M.D. Founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he currently serves as its director.
Lad, one of the leading experts in the field of Ayurvedic medicine and founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, has compiled a clear, concise, and comprehensive explanation of the ancient Indian alternative medicinal system. With the lay reader in mind, Lad unravels the basics of the homeostatic, physiological balance of the doshas (body-mind-consciousness energies). He then provides a self-analysis format for determining individual physiological constitutions and proceeds to map out how we become sick but can stay healthy with daily preventive Ayurvedic routines that include breathing, meditation, and dietary techniques. The bulk of the book is devoted to over 120 self-healing remedies for disease management (chikitsa). Everything from common ailments to chronic problems can be cured with the time-tested (but not necessarily scientifically tested) herbal and dietary recommendations. "Time To See the Doctor" sections and cautionary notes are provided throughout this diagnostic portion. Sanskrit terminology is clearly defined, and appendixes, a resource list, and a glossary help to define the topic further. Recommended for alternative medicine collections.‘Rebecca Cress-Ingebo, Fordham Health Sciences Lib., Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH