आयुर्वेदिक हीलिंग ए कॉम्प्रेहेंसिव गाइड
Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide
By: DAVID FRAWLEY
About The Book
Ayurvedic Healing presents the Ayurvedic treatment of common diseases, covering over eighty different ailments from the common cold to cancer. It provides a full range of treatment methods including diet, herbs, oils, gems, mantra and meditation. The book also shows the appropriate life-style practices and daily health considerations for your unique mind-body type both as an aid to disease treatment and for disease prevention. This extraordinary book is a complete manual of Ayurvedic health care that offers the wisdom of this ancient system of mind-body medicine to the modern reader relative to our special health concerns today. The present edition is a revised and expanded version of the original 1989 edition, covering additional diseases and adding new treatments.
Istarted reading the manuscript of Ayurvedic Healing with a simple curiosity to see how a Western teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda interprets it. I ended my reading with profound admiration of his deep insight and clear grasp of the fundamental principles of this ancient Indian Science of Life.
It was a fascinating experience for me to observe how a western mind enters with perfect ease into the realms of intuitive knowledge of the East. This book is a splendid attempt to build a bridge of understanding between the eastern and western minds and their often opposite views of life. The author has succeeded in giving a reorientation of our ancient wisdom of India to suit the needs of the modern world. He has rightly pointed out that "Ayurveda today is part of a new movement towards a global medicine that includes the best developments from all lands." The author's effort in this and his other books will certainly help in creating a proper climate for such a synthesis.
Dr. Frawley enjoys some unique advantages as an Ayurvedic spokesman. He is primarily a Vedic scholar. Ayurveda is part of the Vedas, the oldest record of supreme knowledge and experience of mankind, the essence of which is man's harmony with nature and the individual's oneness with the universe. Ayurveda is to be viewed in such a wider perspective. Dr. Frawley has developed that vision. He is well acquainted with Sanskrit, the language of the original texts of Ayurveda. This has enabled him to reveal the deeper meanings of the terms and concepts mentioned in the texts. Literal translation of the Sanskrit terms into English almost destroys the sense of what was originally meant. Dr. Frawley is faithful to the spirit of the teachings in his translation and adaptation of them.
In addition he is a student of Yoga, the practical science of mind. He has acquired expertise in Vedic Astrology. He has studied and taught Chinese medicine. Naturally, with such a rare combination he is the most qualified person to introduce Ayurveda to the western world in light of its contemporary problems and life-style. His attempt symbolizes the world view of health.
The information given in this book covers almost all significant features of the Ayurvedic system and also of yoga. This includes constitutions of individuals, diet, health care, herbal therapies, specialized methods of relief, cure and revitalization such as oil massage, Pancha Karma, mantra, meditation, gems and, above all, the spiritual aspects of life. The main emphasis is naturally on diet and herbs with many home remedies.
Ayurvedic Healing is oriented towards the practical treat-ment of disease. It is intended to serve as a handbook of Ayurvedic therapy, mainly on an herbal level. But it also explains relevant dietary, life-style and yogic methods to enhance herbal therapy, including the use of oils, aromas, colors, gems and mantras. In this way it outlines a complete and integral Ayurvedic approach to health and wellness.
On the first level of treatment, Ayurvedic Healing outlines general constitutional and life-style measures for health enhancement and disease prevention and gives home remedies for common diseases. We can treat many of our diseases ourselves or at least aid in their treatment. A few simple therapies as part of our daily regimen can work wonders for countering many health problems. Only when our life-style is out of harmony do severe diseases arise and professional health care becomes necessary.
On the second level of treatment, Ayurvedic Healing provides specialized medical knowledge and outlines specific remedies, including various herbal recommendations. However, accounts of diseases and their treatments are given here only in essence. Additional knowledge and experienced practice may be necessary to deal with severe conditions, acute symptoms or long standing complaints.
I have included relevant Western and Chinese remedies for reference purposes. They are not meant to set forth these systems in detail but to allow a point of connection with Ayurveda. Chinese and Ayurvedic systems have much in common and can be used to complement one another. Ayurveda as a global medicine encourages such dialogue and synthesis. As the United States, like Tibet in ancient times, is being influenced by both of these prime Asian healing systems, we may also eventually arrive at a similar synthesis of their approaches.
Please note that there is no final Ayurvedic way of treating a disease, which varies according to person, symptoms and environmental conditions. Ayurveda provides energetic guidelines for treatment but these must be applied flexibly on an individual basis. I have sometimes presented diseases in a slightly different way than in classical Ayurvedic texts. This has been done according to the need to revise Ayurveda according to our living situation today. Other Ayurvedic practitioners may view diseases from different angles. This reveals the expansiveness of the Ayurvedic vision that is as vast as life itself, not some inconsistency within it. Ayurveda provides guidelines for treatment but the ultimate factor is our own individual response and what actually works for us. I would like to thank Dr. B.L. Vashta for going over the first edition. His help was invaluable in both the information and the inspi-ration behind the book and my Vedic work in general. Dr. Subhash Ranade was also helpful in the first edition and we have continued to work together on various Ayurvedic projects and books. Since the first printing of this book over ten years ago (1989), Ayurveda has grown rapidly. Many new books are now available on the subject, several Ayurvedic schools have formed, and many more Ayurvedic herbs and health care products are available. Articles on Ayurveda are now common in yoga and health publications every-where. Ayurveda is quickly emerging as a profession in the West and may soon enter the field of licensed health care throughout the world. Ayurvedic Healing is also meant as a textbook for students and an easy reference guide for Ayurvedic practitioners. The present edition has been updated, reformatted and rewritten in light of such developments. I hope that these enhance the value of the book for its readers. I am especially thankful to Lotus Press for taking up not only this new edition but publishing so many of my books. May this book contribute to the welfare of all beings! May it stimulate the creative intelligence of all who come into contact with it!
We are in the midst of a global paradigm shift in health care. At the center of this change is Ayurvedic medicine, a healing system which promotes health using natural, nontoxic substances and which recognizes the important role of the mind and emotions. A paradigm is a model used to explain how and why events happen the way they do, and as mankind's comprehension of the universe evolves, new paradigms emerge. The best example of paradigm shifts is in the field of modern physics. The classical Newtonian explanation of the world which for two hundred years was accepted as reality has now been replaced by quantum mechanics, superstrings, and field theory. In the old paradigm, every event had a definite cause and every action had an equal and opposite reaction. In the new paradigm, we describe events as possibilities instead of certainties and we recognize now the interconnectedness of all phenomena. The new explanation of the universe is, in a word, more holistic than the old reductionist view of explaining events in terms of separate, unrelated components. In the same way, the medical paradigm shift which we are experiencing today represents a movement toward holism. The old medical paradigm viewed the human being as a machine, with separate systems, organs, and tissues; it separated mind and body into distinct categories. The new paradigm acknowledges the mutual interdependence of the physical body, mind, emo-tions, and the environment in creating health and disease. Neither is there separation in the emerging face of medicine between physician and patient. The new paradigm has removed the absolute authority from the doctor and has re-fashioned a model of shared responsibility between patient and physician—much in the same way that an electron forming a bond is shared between two nuclei.