Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance

Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance

Kim Inglis

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0804846561

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Discover India's age-old beauty secrets through the ancient wellness regimen known as Ayurveda.

Healing therapies are clearly explained and illustrated with lovely photographs that bring to life the benefits of this 5,000-year-old Asian medical tradition. Treatments and practices from India's other healing systems—Unani, Siddha and Tibetan traditional medicine—are also included in the book.

With sections devoted to various meditation and yoga practices as well as natural beauty treatments for hair, face and body, Ayurveda: Asian Secrets of Wellness, Beauty and Balance is an enlightening introduction to holistic health systems with ultimate spiritual goals. Discover Indian beauty secrets and information on healing with metals, minerals, crystals and gemstones as well as mendhi (henna) and chakra alignment. Includes a helpful listing of ayurvedic hospitals, homestays and treatment centers.


















Riazuddin in Mysore contains musk, amber, silver, gold and zafaran leaf. It is reputed to be helpful for excessive palpitation of the heart. A Unani application used on the skin to help with white pigmentation marks. Made at Soukya mainly from bakuchi or Psoralea corylifolia seeds, it is anti-fungal and anti-protozoal. Repeated applications over a period of time result in a gradual fading of the discoloration. Many herbal preparations in India are as likely to be Unani in origin as they are

nutrition, martial art masseuses, and kannu vaidyas or eye physicians who treat eye complaints even to the extent of giving cataract operations. There are also more general herbal medicine practitioners who specialize in such conditions as jaundice and paralysis, children’s diseases and dentistry. Such people may have very particular knowledge in marmanam (treatment of the vital points), agni and kshara karma (cauterization), sodhana karma (purification techniques) and rasayana (rejuvenation

triplinervie No English name Known as yapana, the leaves of this ground-covering shrub are used for digestive disorders, piles (as it has haemostatic properties), nervine disorders and asthma. It is also used to bring down fevers as it is antipyretic. Calycopteris floribunda No English name Known as pullani or ukshi, this woody climber is used in Ayurvedic remedies for malaria, dysentery and snakebite. Its essential oil is supposed to be useful for depression as it has grounding properties.

Pranayama:—Therapeutic Breathing Exercises 114 Meditation 118 Chakra Therapy 126 appendix 130 Nattu Vaidya:—The Barefoot Doctor 132 Healing Plants 136 Ayurvedic Preparations 142 Listings 144 ancient wisdoms, today’s practices At no time in the history of the planet have India’s stress-busting, all-encompassing therapies had more importance. While we strive to improve material gains, we often neglect the spiritual, the physical and the mental. However, with stressful lifestyles

to Chinese acupressure points. Translating from the Sanskrit as “secret” or “hidden”, they are found at junctures of the body where two or more tissues, muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints meet. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are thousands of such points, but only 107 exist in the Ayurvedic system. Consisting of major points that correspond to the seven chakras and minor points that radiate out along the torso and limbs, they are measured by finger units (anguli) to detect

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