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Ayurveda For Dummies

Ayurveda For Dummies

Angela Hope-Murray

ISBN: 978-1-118-30668-0

Mar 2013

288 pages



Rebalance your mind, body and spirit—the natural way!

Ayurveda is an ancient system of prevention and treatment of illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit according to your individual body type.

Ayurveda For Dummies provides you with a comprehensive introduction to this area of complementary medicine, considering the origins and history of Ayurveda as well as practical guidance on utilizing the correct balance of nutrition and exercise, herbal remedies, yoga, and Ayurvedic massage to treat ailments and maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.

  • Helps you develop a diet based on your body type
  • Advises you on ways to optimize your health by exercising to suit your body type
  • Gives you trusted info on stretching your body with Yoga

This hands-on, friendly guide helps you understand your body type and restore balance to your life using the principles of Ayurveda.

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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Ayurveda 7

Chapter 1: Introducing Ayurveda: The Science of Life 9

Chapter 2: Focusing on the Fundamental Principles 15

Chapter 3: Uncovering the Subtle Energy Systems 27

Chapter 4: Determining Your Constitution 39

Part II: Living in Harmony with Ayurveda: Promoting Good Health 47

Chapter 5: Ease and Disease: Health According to Ayurveda 49

Chapter 6: The Rules of the Day: Dinacharya and Staying in Balance 65

Chapter 7: Seeking Union with Yoga 83

Chapter 8: Night-time Rituals for Sound Sleep and Fertility 107

Chapter 9: Changing Your Diet with the Seasons 119

Part III: Appetising Approaches to a Healthy Diet 131

Chapter 10: Stimulating the Palate: A Taste of Things to Come 133

Chapter 11: Selecting the Right Diet for Your Type 147

Chapter 12: Optimising Your Diet: A Recipe For Success 159

Part IV: Fitting Ways to Enhance Healing 175

Chapter 13: Stoking the Fire: Caring For Your Digestive System 177

Chapter 14: The Respiratory System: Breathing Life into Your Body 189

Chapter 15: Flexible Approaches for Your Musculoskeletal System 199

Chapter 16: The Secrets of Healthy Skin and Hair 209

Part V: The Part of Tens 221

Chapter 17: Ten Herbs For Maintaining Health 223

Chapter 18: Ten Super Spices for Your Kitchen 233

Part VI: Appendices 239

Appendix A: Sanskrit Glossary 241

Appendix B: Botanical Index 245

Appendix C: Suppliers 247

Index 253