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Ayurvedic Herbs
A Clinical Guide to the Healing Plants of Traditional Indian Medicine
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Author(s) :
M.S. Premila
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
2006(pb,1st ed,fine)
Publisher :
Haworth Press
Ayurvedic Herbs examines the clinical information available on more than 60 herbs to determine how their use in traditional Indian medicine is supported by modern scientific study. Plants are grouped according to body systems/indications, and each entry includes a description, information on the source plant, distribution and traditional use, active chemical constituents, relevant pharmacology, and details of clinical studies and safety findings. This unique book also includes a brief history of Ayurveda, examines the history of drug development and evaluation in ancient India, and identifies current trends resulting from scientific investigation.

"A well-referenced, scientific compendium....useful to all serious students of Ayurveda and herbalism....adds to the list of important textbooks that belong on the shelves of Ayuvedic and herbal practitioners. ... an importan bridge between east and west as well as past and present and contributes in an important way to the future of Ayurveda."
-- Marc Halpern, President, California College of Ayurveda; Co-founder, National Ayurvedic Medical Association; Co-founder, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

"A wonderful work on Ayurvedic herbs....Ayurvedic herbology--known as Dravyaguna in Sanskrit--is an integral part of the Ayurvedic approach to well-being. Traditional books written by great scholars have always given details regarding each herb based on the Ayurvedic principles of Rasa, Virya, Vipaka, and Prebhava. However, these books lack research-based critical validation and efficacy on these herbs. The present work by Dr. Premila has very effectively filled the gap....I am sure this will prove a great resource for all Ayurvedic physicians as well as Western herbalists. I feel no hesitation in recommending this book to all who are interested in using Ayurvedic herbs with more confidence in their practices."
-- S. Ajit, BAMS, Consultant Ayurvedic doctor; Director, Planet Ayurveda