Reference and Reading List

from Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc.

The modern texts are English language books that contain general and specific information about Ayurveda. About half of the books are good beginning texts and the others are more complex. There are excerpts from the Ayurvedic Press books available here on our website and you can order all of the books in the first section here on our website.

The classic Sanskrit texts are books upon which modern Ayurveda is based. For more information about these texts, read the article “Ancient Ayurvedic Writings” on our site. Ordering these books is more complicated as they are all printed in India. We have provided some information at the bottom of this page.

Modern Texts

Frawley, David. Ayurvedic Healing. 2nd ed., Lotus Press: Twin Lakes, WI, 2000.

Frawley, David, and Vasant Lad. The Yoga of Herbs. Lotus Press: Santa Fe, 1986.

Lad, Vasant. Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing. Lotus Press: Santa Fe, 1984.

Lad, Usha and Dr. Vasant. Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing. 2nd ed. The Ayurvedic Press: Albuquerque, 1997.

Lad, Vasant. Secrets of the Pulse. The Ayurvedic Press: Albuquerque, 1996.

Lad, Vasant. The Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One. The Ayurvedic Press: Albuquerque, 2002.

Morningstar, Amadea, with Urmila Desai, The Ayurvedic Cookbook. Lotus Press: Santa Fe, 1990.

Morrison, Judith H. The Book of Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach to Health and Longevity. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc., 1995, A Fireside Book.

Svoboda, Robert E. Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longevity. The Ayurvedic Press: Albuquerque, 2004.

Svoboda, Robert E. The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Press: Albuquerque, 1997.

Svoboda, Robert E. Prakruti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution. Lotus Press: Twin Lakes, WI ,1998.

Classic Texts


Bhishagratna, Kaviraj Kunjalal, editor-translator. Sushruta Samhita. 4th ed., 2 vols., Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office: Varanasi, India, 1991.

Sharma, Priyavrat V., editor-translator. Caraka Samhita. 4 vols. Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office: Varanasi, India, 1981-1994.

Sharma, Ram Karan, and Vaidya Bhagwan Dash, editors-translators. Caraka Samhita. 3d ed., 3 vols. Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office: Varanasi, India, 1992.

Srikantha Murthy, K.R., editor-translator. Ashtanga Hridayam by Vagbhata, 2 vols. Krishnadas Academy: Varanasi, India, 1991-1992.


Murthy, K. R. Srikantha, translator. Sharngadhara Samhita: A Treatise on Ayurveda. Chaukhambha Orientalia: Varanasi, India, 1984.

Srikantha Murthy, K.R., translator. Madhava Nidanam by Madhava Acharyan, Chaukhambha Orientalia: Varanasi, India, 1993.

Srikantha Murthy, K.R., translator. Bhavaprakasha by Bhavamishran, 2 vols. Krishnadas Academy: Varanasi, India, 1998.

Book Vendors

These are some sources that we know of who generally have the classic texts in stock.

Auromere Books and Imports
2621 W. Highway 12
Lodi, California, 95242 USA
Toll-free: (800) 735-4691
Fax: (209) 339-3715

Bodhi Tree Bookstore
8585 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069-5199
Phone: (310) 659-1733
Fax: (310) 659-0178
Toll-free: (800) 825-9798

Nataraj Books
7073 Brookfield Plaza
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: (703) 455-4996
Fax: (703) 912-9052