Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice

Author(s): Sebastian Pole


Ayurvedic Medicine clearly and comprehensively presents the unique theories and traditions of Ayurveda making them accessible to the health practitioner of today. With a brief history of traditional medicine in India and discussion of principles, treatment strategies and traditional Ayurvedic pharmacy and pharmacology, the book offers an essential overview of the culture in which Ayurveda has developed and the scientific basis behind this holistic approach. It details over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs, with images of fresh and dried plants, and 50 traditional formulas, including characteristics, usage, combinations, contraindications, and safety and dosage information for each. This essential resource explains the traditional medical system of Ayurveda, and provides guidance to students and practitioners on how to incorporate herbal medicine into their life and practice.


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This book provides guidance on how to incorporate herbal medicine into life and practice, with details of over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs and 50 traditional formulas

'Pole has created a multi-faceted text on Ayurvedic herbs and their medicinal use.The whole text, beautifully presented by Elsevier is a treasure that belongs in the library of every student and practitioner!'

From Light on Ayurvedic Journal, Spring 2008

Sebastian Pole, Lic OHM, Ayur HC, is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Chinese Herbalist working in Bath, UK, and is also a passionate ecologist. He is a member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association and former Director of the Pharmacopoeia Committee, as well as a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He has spent many years living in India studying Ayurveda and Yoga, has a degree in Hindi and Indian Religions and is a qualified yoga teacher. Sebastian is the Herbal Director and founding partner of Pukka Herbs, The Organic Ayurvedic Herb Specialists.

About the Author.; Dedication.; Preface.; Acknowledgements.; Abbreviations.; Introduction.; Part I.; 1. The History of Ayurveda and the Growth of the Materia Medica.; 2. The Basic Principles of Ayurveda.; 3. Ayurvedic Herbal Pharmacology and Pharmacy.: Dravyaguna and Bhaisajya Vyakhyana.; 4. Ayurvedic Therapy and Treatment: Cikitsa. Case Studies.; 5. The Scientific Basis of Ayurveda.; Part II.; 6. Plant Profiles. Plant Profile Template. Ajmoda. Ajwain. Aloe. Amalaki. Anthrapachaka. Aragvadha. Arjuna. Askoka. Ashwagandha. Bakuchi. Bala. Bhallataka. Bhringaraja. Bhumiamalaki. Bibhitaki. Bilva. Brahmi. Cardamon. Castor. Chiretta. Chitraka. Chrysanthemum. Cinnamon. Cloves. Coleus. Coriander. Cumin. Damanaka. Daruharidra. Devadaru. Dhattura. Ephedra. Fennel. Fenugreek. Frankincense (Indian). Garlic. Ginger. Gokshura. Gotu Kola. Guduchi. Guggulu. Gurmar. Haritaki. Hemp Seed. Hingu. Jasmine. Jatamamsi. Kalamegha. Kanchanara. Kapikacchu. Karavella. Krishna Jiraka. Kushtha. Kutaja. Kutki. Lemon and Lime. Lemongrass. Licorice. Lotus. Manjishtha. Mint. Mustaka. Mustard Seed. Myrrh. Neem. Nutmeg. Pepper. Pippali. Pit Shirisha. Pomegranate. Psyllium. Punarnava. Pushkaramoola. Rhubarb. Rose. Safed Musali. Safflower. Saffron. Salt. Sandalwood. Sariva. Sarpagandha. Senna. Shankhapushpi. Shatavari. Shilajit. Tagarah. Tila. Trivrut. Tulsi. Turmeric. Vacha. Vamsa Lochana. Varuna. Vasa. Vidanga. Vidari.; 7. 52 Common Ayurvedic Formulas. Asava, Arista: Medicated Wines. Avaleha: Medicinal Jams. Curna: Powder Preparations. Pusyanuga Curna. Guggulu: Pills made with Commiphora Mukul. Kvatha: Decoctions. Siddha Ghrta: Medicated Ghees. Siddha Taila: Medicated Oils. Vati: Tablets.; Part III.; Appendix 1: Tables.; Appendix 2: Treatment Glossary.; Appendix 3: Glossary of Terms.; Appendix 4: Resources.; Appendix 5: Bibliography.; Appendix 6: Index of Plant Names.; Appendix 7: A Note on the Transliteration and Pronunciation of the Sounds.; Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781848191136
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Singing Dragon
  • : August 2012
  • : 246mm X 189mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sebastian Pole
  • : Hardback
  • : 615.538
  • : 400
  • : 188 colour photographs