Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.
Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.

The Ayurvedic Press

Volume 3 - Textbook of Ayurveda: General Principles of Management and Treatment

by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

This book brings forth the practices of Ayurveda from the ancient texts and presents them in a systematic organization that is readily accessible to a Western audience. Vasant Lad provides comprehensive information on therapeutic modalities including diet and lifestyle recommendations, palliative and cleansing therapies, subtle healing methods including individual rejuvenation protocols, yoga and pranayama practices, and herbal substances as well as management techniques according to dosha, dhatu, srotamsi, and the subtle essences. Each section clearly explains the principles of the healing techniques, often with the steps outlined for the reader, in addition to the herbal substances and their practical application. It is an essential reference for the Ayurvedic practitioner.

One of Dr. Lad’s favorite sutras from Charaka says that a true physician knows the body, mind, thoughts, feelings, and consciousness of the patient. Unless you enter the heart of your patient with the light of awareness, knowledge, compassion, and insight, you will not be able to diagnose their problem and treat the person accordingly.

Dr. Lad’s students from all over the world learn Ayurveda, step by patient step, grounding their knowledge in the principles of a system that pre-dates Western medical concepts by thousands of years. Next, they learn the sophisticated methods of evaluation that Ayurveda provides. Mastering these techniques takes practice and dedication. The previous steps, well practiced, have prepared the student to enter into the next stage, where they can stand beside the client and guide them on their journey of healing.

ISBN 978-1-883725-14-3
Hardcover, 668 pp. $80.00

Volume 3 - Textbook of Ayurveda: General Principles of Management and Treatment
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Table of Contents

  • Reviews
  • About the Authors

"Dr. Vasant Lad continues to illuminate the deep wisdom of Ayurveda in a way that enlivens it and makes it accessible for many a serious student. I can only express gratitude for this volume, which insightfully elucidates the multitude of management options available to an Ayurvedic practitioner."

– Premal Patel, MD Wellness Director, Banyan Botanicals

"Dr. Lad’s transmission of Ayurveda is that of a true master: utterly profound and encompassing, yet easy to grasp and absorb. His new book presents a wealth of practical Ayurvedic wisdom for our time."

– Rebecca and Sascha Kriese Ayurvedic Practitioners, Founders of Ayuseva Clinic

"Dr. Lad’s expertise as an Ayurvedic clinician and excellence as an educator and author shines brightly in this book. I highly recommend this book to Ayurvedic students and practitioners, as well as those individuals seeking optimum health and wellness through Ayurveda."

– Dhaval Dhru, MD Ayurveda and Yoga consultant and Educator

"This textbook is full of practical insights that can only be delivered so succinctly by someone with the deepest knowledge of Ayurveda. With this text, Dr Lad shares the priceless gift of his wisdom that will help you fulfill Ayurveda’s quest: to remove suffering and rejuvenate health. We are eternally indebted."

– Sebastian Pole Author, Ayurvedic Medicine


About the Author

Vasant Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAM&S) from the University of Pune, in Pune, India in 1968 and a Master of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Pune, India in 1980. For 3 years, Vasant Lad served as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune. 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. In 1979, he began traveling throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda, and in 1981, he returned to New Mexico to teach Ayurveda. Vasant Lad founded and has served as the Director of The Ayurvedic Institute since 1984.

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.