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  • Hardcover: 668 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883725143
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883725143
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 19 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Texbook of Ayurveda Volume 3 - General Principles of Management and Treatment. This book brings forth the practices of Ayurveda from the ancient texts and presents them in a systematic organization that is readily accessible to a Western audience. Dr. Lad provides comprehensive information on therapeutic modalities including diet and lifestyle recommendations, palliative and cleansing therapies, subtle healing methods including individual rejuvenation protocols, yoga and pranayama practices and herbal substances as well as management techniques according to dosha, shatu, srotamist and the subtle essences. Each section clearly explains the principles of the healing techniques, often with the steps outlined for the reader, in addition to the herbal substances and their practical application. It is an essential reference for the Ayurvedic practitioner.

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By flo on 22 Nov. 2014
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perfect and very quikly...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
For the SERIOUS student 15 Feb. 2013
By B - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Lad is everything the other reviewers have mentioned. I own all three volumes of these textbooks, have studied with him a little, and love the insights he provides into Ayurveda. However, what often happens when someone has a terrible amount of information is that it is difficult to really translate that to others in a way that makes sense or is logically applicable. He'll just throw out different formulas here and there in often random fashion and there is no real system in place for tackling the subject at hand.There is a vertiable treasure trove of information here, yet it is just a general framework and really requires your own Ayurvedic guru to use properly or understand. This is normal for eastern traditions as they never give the whole of the practice in a text, nor is it possible necessarily. Yet, having studied from north american practitioners, they have explained the science in a much more simple and applicable terms that one could actually get their head around that I don't find in Lad's texts which is unfortunate since he has so much to give.
The other issue I have is that I have to question some of the information regarding his presentation of yogasana. Having studied deeply in the Iyengar tradition for many years ( Geeta Iyengar is also trained in Ayurveda as well), there are some comments in here such as how you "shouldn't hold an asana for more than a minute or two", which really doesn't take into account therapeutic applications of the subject properly nor is how I've learned under this lineage in general as there are ways to sequence and balance the asanas. Furthermore some of the classifications of asanas for different doshic types just don't fit into my own experience in dealing with my own doshas and yoga practice. I realize there are many different opinions on these matters - but while lad may know his Ayurveda it seems to be stretching his knowledge in this direction as Ayurveda and yoga have never been combined directly in this fashion until recent times and is a questionable field.If anyone has any thoughts on this I'd love to hear.
So, yes Dr. Lad is a gifted being and has done more for humanity than I may ever, but don't go practicing Ayurveda or using the recommendations out of this book without some other education backing you is what I would caution on.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An indispensible resource for every ayurvedic student, practitioner and teacher 7 Dec. 2012
By William Courson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Textbook of Ayurveda (Volume 3: General Principles of Management and Treatment) is a continuation of Dr. Vasant Lad's two earlier works comprising this textbook series that includes volume 1 (Fundamental Principles, treating general principles of Ayurveda) and volume 2 (A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, addressing diagnostic modalities).

Volume 3 deals with general principles of treatment and provides comprehensive and authoritative information on therapeutic modalities including diet and lifestyle management protocols, palliative and detoxifying therapies, subtle healing methods including individual rejuvenation protocols, yoga and pranayama practices, and herbal medical protocols as well as case management techniques.

This book is divided into seventeen beautifully organized and easily followed chapters written in clear, straightforward language covering, respectively, the Ayurvedic management of diseases states and efforts to restore balance; Dosha gati (i.e., dosha movement); Diseases due to urge-suppression; Food as medicine; Lifestyle management; Palliative therapies; Cleansing therapies; Panchakarma; Subtle therapies; Marma therapy; Yoga, pranayama and meditation; Herbal medicine; Rejuvenation therapy; Management of the doshas; Management of the dhatus; Management of the srotam, and Management of pran, tejas and ojas.

This book takes the science, art and philosophy of Ayurveda out of the context of its ancient and authoritative but rather inaccessible classic sources and places them in a systematic organization that is readily accessible to contemporary Western readers, explainiing where necessary Ayurveda's principles in terms of biochemistry and biophysics (inter alia) cognizable to Westerners.

Dr. Lad provides comprehensive information on the therapeutic modalities of Ayurveda explaining thoroughly and clearly the theoretical underpinning and applications of each. This volume (and indeed all of the volumes of the series published to date) reflects a deep personal experience of and practical insights into Ayurveda that only one who has drunk deeply at Ayurveda's fount of wisdom could convey so effectively.

I unhesitatingly recommend this book and its companion volumes of the series, for every student, practitioner and teacher of Ayurveda, as I feel certain they are destined to become the normative instructional text for English-language Ayurveda programs of study. Even were that not the case, they belong in the library of everyone with a professional interest in the subjects covered.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great investment 25 April 2013
By lacatia - Published on
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I am so happy to have this information at my fingertips. This will be a resource for me for the future
and invaluable to have easy access. Well written and comprehensive on the subject.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Loved this textbook 26 Feb. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I love this textbook. It goes into depth about disease process. It's well written and easy to understand (as long as you have the basics of Ayurveda of course!).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The ultimate text on Ayurveda. If your serious about the subject then this is it! 6 April 2014
By Dr. SATURN - Published on
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This is the most comprehensive book on this subject avalible in modern times. Still it's only a book, you'll need a teacher to actually show you how to apply the principles.
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