This practical and inspirational handbook touches on every aspect of Ayurveda, a traditional healing system of India, for beginners, and serves as a refresher course for more seasoned students. Written by one of the world's leading Ayurveda practitioners and teachers, this guide offers a complete overview and lays out the principal areas of the system—involving eight branches that include medicine, toxicology, and geriatrics—in ways that are easy to follow yet not oversimplified. The author outlines the history, terminology, and practice, and includes a glossary of terms and a well-researched treatment section. The book also contextualizes Ayurveda within Buddhism, and recommends therapies and the herbs and plants that best accompany them.
Dr. Shantha Godagama is a renowned expert on the ayurvedic medicine in western culture and is best known for his text The Handbook of Ayurveda: A Practical Guide to India’s Medical Wisdom. Godagama specializes in the study of complex diseases, as well as relieving allergies and skin aliments. He is the founder President of the Ayurvedic Medical Association in the United Kingdom. He has over four decades of field experience and resides in England with his family.