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Llewellyn's Complete Book of Ayurveda
A Comprehensive Resource for the Understanding & Practice of Traditional Indian Medicine


By: Hans H. Rhyner
Series: Llewellyn's Complete Book Series #9
Imprint: Llewellyn
Specs: Trade Paperback | 9780738748689
English  |  672 pages | 8 x 10 x 2 IN
Pub Date: June 2017
Retail Price: $34.99
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Contents

Disclaimer xvii
Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Ayurveda—Mother of Medicine 5
What Is Ayurveda? 5
The Legend 7
Historical Developments 9
Ayurveda Education 13
Timeless Ayurveda Textbooks 17
Brihat Trayi (The Great Trilogy) 17
Laghu Trayi (The Light Trilogy) 23
Other Important Works 28
Modern Medicine and Ayurveda 30

Chapter 2: Applied Philosophy and Working Hypothesis 33
Creation and Evolution (Samkhya) 34
Particles of Evolution (25 Tattvas) 36
Logic and Analysis (Nyaya-Vaisheshika) 41
Mastering Mind and Body (Yoga) 44
Esoterica (Vedanta) 45
The Right Way of Action (Mimansa) 45
Other Non-Vedic Schools 46

Chapter 3: Anatomical Aspects (Rachana Sharira) 47
The Channel System (Srota) 48
Role of Srota in the Pathological Processes 50
Prana Vaha Srota 51
Anna Vaha Srota 51
Udaka Vaha Srota 51
Rasa Vaha Srota 51
Rakta Vaha Srota 51
Mamsa Vaha Srota 52
Medo Vaha Srota 52
Asthi Vaha Srota 52
Majja Vaha Srota 52
Shukra Vaha Srota 52
Sweda Vaha Srota 52
Purisha Vaha Srota 53
Mutra Vaha Srota 53
Vital Points (Marma) 53
Bones (Asthi) 62
Joints (Sandhi) 62
Muscles (Peshi) 62
Tendons (Snayu) 63
Capillaries (Siras) 63
Skin (Tvak) 63
Epithelial Tissues (Kalas) 64
Enumeration of Limbs and Members of the Body 65

Chapter 4: Evolutionary Physiology (Kriya Sharira) 67
Pathophysiological Factors (Tridosha) 68
Vata 70
Pitta 74
Kapha 78
Seven Basic Tissues (Sapta Dhatu) 80
Rasa 82
Rakta 82
Mamsa 83
Meda 83
Asthi 83
Majja 84
Shukra 84
Resistance to Decay and Natural Immunity Against Disease (Ojas) 85
Precurser Nutrient Tissue and Stable Tissue 85
Epithelial Tissues (Kalas) 90
Secondary Tissues (Upadhatus) 90
Waste Products (Mala) 90
Normal and Abnormal States of Dosha, Dhatu, Mala 92
Biological Fire (Agni) 95
Jathar Agni 95
The Concept of Bhuta Agni 98
The Concept of Dhatwa Agni and Dhatwa Agni-Paka 98
Toxic Wastes (Ama) 99
Ama and Microbes 101

Chapter 5: Constitution (Prakruti) 103
Factors That Influence the Somatic Constitution (Deha Prakruti) 105
Age 105
Seasonal Influences 107
Time of Day 107
Intake of Food 108
Medication 108
Long-Standing Habits 108
Profession 109
Environment 109
What Is Your Constitution? 109
Characteristics of Vata Constitution 111
Characteristics of Pitta Constitution 113
Characteristics of Kapha Constitution 114
Characteristics of Samadosha Constitution 115
Characteristics of Mixed Constitutions 116
Psychic Constitution 116
The Sixteen Types of Psychic Constitution 117
The Seven Subdivisions of Sattva Constitution 117
The Six Subdivisions of Rajas Constitution 118
The Three Subdivisions of Tamas Constitution 119

Chapter 6: Pathology (Samprapti) 121
Five Procedures for Understanding the Cause of Disease (Nidana Pancaka) 122
Causes of Disease (Nidana) 123
Inappropriate Sensory Reactions to Stimulation (Asatmyendriyartha Samyoga) 124
Improper Physical, Mental, and Verbal Activity (Prajnaparadha) 125
Effects of Climate Changes (Parinama Kala) 125
Six Stages of Pathogenesis (Kriya Kalas) 125
Accumulation (Sanchaya) 126
Provocation (Prakopa) 126
Diffusion (Prasara) 126
Localization (Sthana Samshraya) 127
Manifestation (Vyakti) 127
Termination (Bheda) 127
Derangement of the Pathophysiological Factors (Dosha Vaishamya) 128
Derangement of Digestive Capacity (Agni Vaishamya) 129
Derangement of Body Tissue (Dhatu Vaishamya) 130
Role of Srota in Pathology 130
Disease (Roga) 131
Classification of Disease 131
Diseases Caused by the Different Dosha and Their Important Sites 132
Description of Various Diseases in Classical Texts 135

Chapter 7: Diagnostics (Nidana) 143
Observation, Examination, and Anamnesis (Trividha Pariksha) 143
Observation (Darshana) 144
Examination (Sparshana) 144
Anamnesis (Preshna) 144
Eight-Point Diagnosis (Astha Sthana Pariksha) 148
Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Pariksha) 148
Examination of Urine (Mutra Pariksha) 158
Examination of Stool (Mala Pariksha) 159
Tongue Diagnosis (Jihva Pariksha) 159
Examination of Body Sounds (Shabda Pariksha) 160
Examination by Touch (Sparsha Pariksha) 160
Eye Diagnosis (Drik Pariksha) 160
Observing the Total Appearance (Akriti Pariksha) 161
Additional Methods of Examination 161
Digestive Capacities (Agni Pariksha) 161
Personal Habits (Satmya) 161
Patient’s Resilience (Bala) 161
Prognosis (Sadhya-Asadhyata) 162

Chapter 8: Pharmacology (Dravya Guna) 165
Treat Man as a Whole—Give the Drug as a Whole 165
Comprehensive Pharmacology (Dravya Guna) 167
Taste (Rasa) 170
Qualities (Guna) 174
Transformation (Vipaka) 177
Potency (Virya) 178
Specific Effect (Prabhava) 179
Action (Karma) 180
The Little Materia Medica 184
Drugs of Plant Origin 184
Drugs of Mineral Origin 221
Drugs of Animal Origin 224
Pharmacy 226
Pharmaceutical Preparations 226
Administration of Drugs 231

Chapter 9: Treatment Strategies (Chikitsa) 237
Preventive and Medicinal Treatment 237
Ayurvedic Principles of Treatment 238
General Treatment Measures 238
Specific Therapies 239
Therapeutics (Chikitsa) 239
Irrational Healing Methods 240
Subtle Methods 240
Rational Methods 241
Eight Specialties of Ayurveda 241
Classification of Ayurveda Therapies 242
Ayurvedic Acupuncture and Moxibustion 243
Martial Arts (Kalaripayattu) 246

Chapter 10: Nutritional Science (Annavijnana) 249
Eight Important Considerations on Food 251
1. The Inherent Quality of Food (Prakruti) 252
2. Mode of Preparation (Karana) 254
3. Food Combinations (Samyoga) 255
4. Quantity (Rashi) 255
5. Food That Grows in the Region (Desha) 256
6. Time of Food Intake (Kala) 256
7. Status of Eater (Upayogasamstha) 257
8. Season (Ruta) 258
Food and Mind 259
Psychophysiology vs. Psychopathology 259
Foods with a Light Quality (Sattva) 259
Foods with a Passionate Quality (Rajas) 259
Foods with a Sluggish Quality (Tamas) 260
Diet for Your Constitution 260
Meat-Eating vs. Vegetarianism 261
Vata-Reducing Diet 262
Pitta-Reducing Diet 264
Kapha-Reducing Diet 267
Kitchen Pharmacy 270

Chapter 11: Preventive Medicine (Swasthavritta) 287
Definition of Health (Swastha) 288
Daily Healthy Habits (Dinacarya) 289
Daily Regimen in Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Samgraha 289
Oil Massage 298
Ayurvedic Beauty Tips 301
Rules for Different Seasons (Rutacarya) 307
Period of Sun Moving in the South (Dakshinayana) 307
Period of Sun Moving in the North (Uttarayana) 307
General Rules for Different Seasons 307
The Six Seasons 308
Regulation of Natural Bodily Urges (Navegandharaniya) 310
Ethical Life (Sadvritta) 311
Sexual Behavior 313
Spiritual Emancipation (Moksha) 314

Chapter 12: Quintet of Therapeutics (Panchakarma) 317
Contemporary Panchakarma 318
Other Division of Therapies 320
Preparatory and Preventive Treatment (Purvakarma) 321
Pacana 321
Snehana 321
Swedana 322
Preparatory Treatments (Purvakarma) 322
Instructions for All Purvakarma Therapies 324
Oleation Therapies 327
Fomentation Therapies 378
Additional Therapies 392
Purificatory Treatments (Pradhanakarma) 400
Emesis (Vamana) 401
Purging (Virechana) 405
Enema (Basti) 406
Therapy of the Nasal Mucous Membranes (Nasya) 411
Phlebotomy (Rakta Moksha) 415
Dietetics (Pascat Karma) 417
Rejuvenating and Strengthening Therapy (Rasayana) 417
Aphrodisiac and Mood-Elevating Therapy (Vajikarana) 419

Chapter 13: Clinical Application 423
Traditional Panchakarma Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavata) 424
Purgation (Virechana) 429
Internal Oleation (Snehapana) 431
Evacuative and Unctuous Enema (Basti) 432
Additional Therapeutics 434
Contemporary Panchakarma Treatment for Nineteen Common Ailments 434
Bronchial Asthma 436
Depression 437
Facial Palsy 440
Flatulence 441
Headache 444
Hemiplegia 445
Hypercholesterolemia 446
Hypertension 447
Lumbago 448
Neurodermatitis 451
Obesity 454
Paraplegia 456
Premenstrual Syndrome 458
Psoriasis 460
Rejuvenation 463
Rheumatism (General) 466
Rheumatoid Arthritis 469
Sciatica 472
Sinusitis 473
Clinical Evaluation of 1,190 patients at Ayurveda Clinic in Walzenhausen, Switzerland, from May 1, 1992, to April 30, 1993 474

Chapter 14: Ayurvedic Surgery 475
Surgery in Obstetrics 477
Surgery in Traumatic Wounds and Fractures 478
Surgery in Piles 479
Alkaline Threads (Kshara Sutra) 480

Chapter 15: Ayurvedic Psychiatry 483
Psychopathology 483
Premonitory Symptoms 484
Major Symptoms and Divisions 485
Physiological Function of Mind 486
Predisposition of Psychic Constitution 487
Treatment in Psychiatric Disorders 487
Pharmakopsychiatry 488
Psychotherapy 490
Clinical Studies 493
Treatment of Epilepsy (Apasmara) 493
Treatment of Depression 495

Chapter 16: Yoga in Therapy 497
The Principles of Yoga 497
Yama 498
Niyama 498
Asana 498
Pranayama 498
Pratyahara 498
Dharana 499
Dhyana 499
Samadhi 499
Advantages of Combining Yoga with Ayurvedic Therapies 499
Standard Yoga Program for Patients and the Healthy 500
Meditative Asana 501
Asana for the Extremities 504
Asana for the Spinal Column 505
Asana for Bending Sideways 507
Asana for Bending Forward 509
Asana for Bending Backward 510
Asana for Turning the Spinal Cord 511
Asana to Reverse Blood Circulation 512
Asana for Abdominal Compression 514
Asana for Relaxation 515
Pranayama 516
Meditation (Pratyahara, Dharana, and Dhyana) 517

Chapter 17: Vastu—Vedic Geomancy 519
Application of Cosmic, Magnetic, and Gravitational Energies to a Building 520
Research to Establish Vastu Applications 521
Curative Capabilities of Vastu 521
Importance of Position in a Building 522
Application of Vastu Principles in an Ayurvedic Hospital or Practice 526

Chapter 18: Medical Astrology 531
Favorable Days for Treatment 533
Astrology in Diagnosis 533
Astrology in Psychotherapy 534
Predisposition and Constitution 536
Fiery Signs with Pitta Predominance That Govern Vitality 537
Earthy Signs with Kapha Predominance That Govern Bones and Flesh 537
Windy Signs with Vata Predominance That Govern Breath 538
Watery Signs with Kapha (and Pitta) Predominance That Govern Blood 538
Internal Organs Controlled by the Twelve Zodiacal Signs 538
Anatomical Structures Represented by the Different Zodiacal Signs 538
Diseases Represented by the Different Zodiacal Signs 539
Life Expectancy 539
Chapter 19: Women’s Health 541
Gynecology 541
Anatomical Consideration of the Female Body 542
Ovaries 543
Breasts 543
Srota 543
Menstruation 543
Pathology 544
General Measures Advised to Increase the Strength of the Uterus 546
Diseases of Vagina and Uterus (Yoni) 547
Vata Yoni Roga 547
Pitta Yoni Roga 547
Kapha Yoni Roga 547
Sannipata Yoni Roga 548
Treatment 548
Diseases of the Breast 549
Menopause 549
Conception 550
Essentials for Conception 550
Age of Parents at Conception 550
Conditions During Intercourse 550
Contribution of Various Factors in Formation of Body 551
Signs Confirming Pregnancy 551
Desires During Pregnancy 552

Conclusion 553

Appendix A: List of Ayurveda Products 555

Appendix B: List of Ailments, Medicaments, Dosages, and Therapies 569

Appendix C: Ingredients Used in Listed Ayurvedic Medicaments 585

Appendix D: Abbreviations 601

Appendix E: Important Addresses 603

Bibliography 605

Index 609

Index of Sanskrit Terms 635

Art Credits 645



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