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Ayurveda Books- 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

THE GREAT THREE AUTHORS 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. THE MINOR THREE AUTHORS 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 Auromere.com Bodhi Tree Bookstore 8585 Melrose Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90069-5199 Phone: (310) 659-1733 Fax: (310) 659-0178 Toll-free: (800) 825-9798 BodhiTree.com Nataraj Books 7073 Brookfield Plaza Springfield, VA 22150 Phone: (703) 455-4996 Fax: (703) 912-9052 NatarajBooks.com