Dr. Vasant Lad is a true Vaidya
a knower of reality. His latest work, The Textbook of Ayurveda,
attests to his indisputable role as the foremost expert in
this ancient healing science.
Deepak Chopra, MD and
David Simon, MD
Founders, The Chopra Center for Well Being
is a medical science and its purpose is to heal and to maintain
the quality and longevity of life. It is an art of daily living
that has evolved from practical, philosophical and spiritual
illumination, rooted in the understanding of Creation."
from Chapter One, Shad Darshan: The Six Philosophies
Textbook of Ayurveda,
In his Ayurvedic Studies Program, Vasant Lad,
Ayurvedic Physician, teaches Ayurveda as a science of moment-to-moment
living. Each lecture that he gives flows from his own heart
in a river of healing wisdom that is inspired by and pertinent
to the students who are present at the time of the lecture.
This textbook is a presentation of Vasant Lad's
years of teaching in that classroom setting. It conveys the
philosophical and fundamental principles of his first year
Ayurvedic Studies Program at the Ayurvedic Institute in a
dynamic and inspirational way. This book will give the student
a detailed foundation upon which to pursue deeper knowledge,
including that of the future volumes in this series.
"Dr. Vasant Lad is bringing
out what are probably the most definitive textbooks on Ayurveda
yet published in English, starting with this first volume
on Basic Principles. The series is bound to revolutionize
the study and practice of Ayurveda worldwide. All students
of Ayurveda should seriously examine it."
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva
author Yoga and Ayurveda, Yoga for Your Type, Ayurvedic Healing,
Bringing forth the mysteries of Ayurveda from the classical
Sanskrit texts, Vasant Lad presents this ages-old science in
a framework that is clearly accessible to the modern student
while remaining true to its ancient roots. In these pages,
you will open the doors to this timeless, profound wisdom
of the human body, mind, and consciousness.
Vasant Lad describes the historical philosophies of Ayurveda
and their application to human existence. He explains the
basic structures and functions of the body, mind, and spirit,
how they are formed and integrated, and their ultimate role
in nourishing consciousness. Filled with illustrations, tables,
charts, and practical examples, this book will lead the reader
to a full understanding of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.
the concept of individual constitution and how this can help
you achieve balance in your life.
Follow the progress of digestion-the most essential principle
in ayurveda-as our food and experiences enter the body and
mind. Witness their transformation into the energy of our
an understanding of Ayurvedic nutrition and the subtle essences
that result from these processes.
a fully functional model of healing and rejuvenation that
maintains perfect health and balance with simple lifestyle
Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, is an Ayurvedic physician who received
the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery,
(B.M.A.S.) from the University of Pune, in Pune, India in
1968 and the Master of Ayurvedic Science (M.A.Sc.) from Tilak
Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune, India in 1980. For 3 years
he served as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in
Pune, India. He also held the position of Professor of Clinical
Medicine for seven years at the Pune University College of
Ayurvedic Medicine, where he was an instructor for many years.
Vasant Lad's academic and practical training includes the study
of allopathic medicine (Western medicine) and surgery as well
as traditional Ayurveda.
Vasant Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With almost 500,000 copies of his books in print in the US, his work has been translated into more than 20 languages.
In the summer of 2010, we reprinted The Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One. While it has some significant changes, they aren’t the type of changes that would justify calling it a 2nd Edition. Nevertheless, the changes could be confusing for readers and for teachers who use the book when some students have the older version and others have the newer one. We apologize for the inconvenience of this.
Click here to download the PDF that explains and lists these changes.