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Practical Ayurveda Practical Ayurveda is an introductory work on the Ayurvedic system of health care. The system is presented in an easy to read, lucid style suitable for Westerners. The simple explanations and avoidance of Sanskrit terms make it especially accessible. Additionally, Atreya establishes the spiritual roots of Ayurveda and shows how to practical use the subtle healing modules available in the Vedic tradition. [ Read more ] » All our books
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There will NOT be personal advise on health as Ayurveda cannot be done by phone, by mail or even internet. The importance of seeing the patient and studying the pathology is the most important thing. Otherwise any so called advise is just symptomatic and not really Ayurveda which treats dosha as the cause of pathology (CS, Su Ch 1.57)

  • What are Vata, Pitta & Kapha?
    Dosha definitions and discussion
    What are Dosha?
    Dear Atreya, i’ve been reading your books, and trying to get a better grasp of the concept of Doshas. You give a good example of them being "managers" of the whole body system. This thus (...)
  • Smoothies
    Question: Hi Atreya, I have been meaning to ask you this question for some time. What are your thoughts on smoothies. Could you use them if you only put a few ingredients in them that (...)
  • Treatment for Shingles
    (Zona FR) - varicella zoster virus (VZV) treatments
    Shingles is a painful skin rash. It is caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is also called herpes zoster. Shingles usually appears in a band, a strip, or a small area on one side (...)
  • Reducing Ama with Diet
    Problems with an Ama reducing diet
    An Ama reducing diet is often needed before proceeding with a long term nutritional program, or with rejuvenation therapies. It is indicated whenever there is a covering on the tongue (...)
  • Dental issues
    Question: What causes the gums to recede? The teeth are the Upadhatu (sub-tissue) of Asthi Dhatu in Ayurveda. The gums recede because of the bone tissue. When the jaw bone tissue (...)
  • What is Nourishment According to Ayurveda?
    In order to define what nourishment is according to Āyurveda we need to understand the context of Āyurveda as both a medical system and world vision. Āyurveda is based on the concept that (...)
  • When Pancha Karma is done incorrectly
    Post Pancha Karma Trauma
    Pancha Karma is a collective term for strong purification therapies. These therapies fall under the classification of Shodhana therapies, those therapies which are strongly reducing. (...)
  • What is Pancha Karma?
    Purification According to Ayurveda
    Ayurveda is the oldest continually practiced medical system in the world. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word from India which is generally translated as the ’science of life’ indicating that it (...)
  • Food Type vs Food Quality
    Mistakes in Diet Studies
    Most of the modern studies on nutrition or dieting miss a fundamental criteria - the quality of food being used. This is painfully obvious to practitioners of Ayurveda, yet the (...)
  • There are two types of diagnose in Ayurveda
    What is diagnosis in Ayurveda?
    What is diagnosis in Ayurveda? It is more than understanding which dosha is causing the problem. Note that there are two types of diagnose in Ayurveda: Determining the constitution or (...)
  • Books on Ayurveda in Spanish
    New Spanish Translations
    New Spanish Translations of Atreya’s books
  • Dietary Rules for Babies
    According to Ayurveda
    The main concept in Ayurveda for diet and nutrition is Agni; literally, ‘fire’. Agni is usually translated as ‘enzymes’ and indicates our capacity of digestion. In other words the Agni of a (...)
  • Confusion about Nasya
    Confusion on Treatments in General
    A few years ago student wanted to register for the clinical program in India with my school. She was advised by a friend that is was impossible to do Nasya therapies outside of a (...)
  • The Psychology of Transformation in Yoga
    new book
    The Psychology of Transformation in Yoga This is a book I wrote some years ago that has never been published in English. The main idea of this book is that the six Dharshana – that are (...)
  • I’m not doing Ayurveda anymore
    I’m not doing Ayurveda anymore This is what a patient sent me by email the other day. For me this is a total misunderstanding of what Ayurveda is and represents as a vision of health (...)
  • Cancer therapies
    Cancer & Chemotherapy
    Cancer & Chemotherapy - choices to make This a letter I wrote to a very old friend with whom I am very close concerning her choice on how to follow up her treatment of breast (...)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Protocols in Ayurveda
    Suggestions for Vataja type MS
    These are my notes from a class I taught in Zurich last September (2012). I use these with my MS patients as well. I hope they help you or someone you know. Introduction Multiple (...)
  • Polyarthritis
    Kaphaja type Polyarthritis
    I had an interesting case last week. The thing that was so interesting about it was that it was a pathology started and maintained by Kapha. There were no signs of Vata involvement, (...)
  • Ayurvedic Psychology
    Ayurvedic Psychology
    Caraka Samhita’s view of Psychology
    The Caraka Samhita establishes that the causes of psychological disorders are due to the wrong use of the mind. “Thinking is an object for the mind (it can be observed). Thus the wrong (...)
  • Essential oils in Ayurveda
    The use of essential oils in Ayurveda
    The use of essential oils is very common today. Unfortunately, there is a new tendency to use essential oils internally and externally as medicines. I am not sure why or where this bad (...)

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