Firstly this is not an ideal guide for someone who is interested about using ayurveda in their lives. This book is ideal for the serious student who is studying ayurveda in a knowledge/skills based applied course to third level. Therefore look at other of Dr Lad's books designed for the general public if remedies or applications are desired. This touches on absolutely everything from the philosophies and vedantic basis of ayurveda theory through to anatomy, location of the doshas and progressions in various diseases. So it is a compendium of physiology, epistemology, cosmology, philosophy, spirituality, herbalism and nutritionism. Very thick and fast as regards info and at times mind bogglingly so. Its a real deep reservoir of info and I am so glad Dr Lad committed it to paper for future generations. Just don't expect a quick skim read will do the job!!