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Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing
Ayurveda
The Science of Self-Healing
Paperback      ISBN: 0914955004

For the first time a book is available which clearly explains the principles and practical applications of Ayurveda, the oldest healing system in the world. This beautifully illustrated text thoroughly explains history & philosophy, basic principles, diagnostic techniques, treatment, diet, medicinal usage of kitchen herbs & spices, first aid, food aid, food antidotes and much more.

Prakruti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
Prakruti
Your Ayurvedic Constitution
Paperback      ISBN: 0945669003

Excellent introduction to the field of Ayurveda, with special emphasis on the constitutions. Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first, and thus far the only Westerner ever to obtain a degree in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda & Life Impressions Bodywork
Ayurveda & Life Impressions Bodywork
Paperback      ISBN: 0914955241

This book takes the wisdom from the East, specifically from the ancient science of Ayurveda, and combines it with a version of the Western medical model, stirs in large portions of awareness, safety, and support, adds practical visual techniques, and passes this recipe along into your capable hands and hearts. Whether you are in the health field or a lay person simply interested in taking better care of yourself and others, you will find AYURVEDA & LIFE IMPRESSIONS BODYWORK a refreshing, insightful, and practical approach to updating our old life impressions.

The Spice Lilies: Eastern Secrets to Healing with Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamom, and Galangal
The Spice Lilies
Eastern Secrets to Healing with Ginger, Turmeric, Cardamom, and Galangal
Paperback      ISBN: 0892818905

The first book to bring together all the medical, culinary, and historical information on this amazing plant family.

- Provides complete information on a family of spices scientifically proven to improve digestion, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease and strokes, eliminate free radicals, and relieve nausea.

- Includes more than 40 delicious recipes--from the exotic to the simple--using these spices.

Members of the plant family Zingiberaceae, known as spice lilies, have been eaten by the peoples of the Far East throughout history for their healing properties as well as their delicious taste. Recent scientific studies have confirmed the wisdom in these folk practices: ginger, together with its relatives turmeric, cardamom, and galangal, has been found to be effective in treating and preventing a wide number of illnesses. The Spice Lilies is the first book to bring together in one volume all the medical, culinary, and historical information on these four spices. From their ability to stimulate production of saliva, gastric juices, and bile--all of which contain enzymes that digest food--to their noted antibacterial and antiviral effects, all the healing properties of this remarkable plant family are covered. Ginger and turmeric are famous for their ability to prevent arteries from clogging and are known to reduce the effects of rheumatic diseases. Cardamom not only reduces heartburn and freshens breath but also can alleviate coughs. Galangal can make cruciferous vegetables much easier to digest.

In addition to providing complete health information on the spice lilies, Susanne Poth and Gina Sauer include more than 40 recipes designed to take full advantage of the healthy and delicious nature of these spices. From Thai soups that highlight galangale's unique flavor to piquant lamb curries, apple chutneys, and ginger cookies, The Spice Lilies will make staying healthy a delicious endeavor.
Tibetan Ayurveda: Health Secrets from the Roof of the World
Tibetan Ayurveda
Health Secrets from the Roof of the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819367

Discover the four levels of traditional Tibetan healing science with this preventive health care manual for people of any age, culture, and physical type.

- Includes material on little-known therapies such as Pancha Karma and Kum Nye, as well as guidelines for nutrition, longevity, detoxification, and meditation.

- Author has studied with many of the best-known Tibetan and Ayurvedic physicians alive today.

Tibetan medicine was probably the first truly integrated system of ancient healing science. From the seventh to the tenth centuries, Tibetan kings encouraged physicians from India, China, Nepal, Persia, and Greece to teach their traditional medical sciences to Tibetan physicians, who at that time were primarily influenced by Ayurveda and shamanic healing modalities. This cross-cultural marriage of the greatest healing traditions makes Tibetan medicine ideally adaptable to Western health needs.

Tibetan Ayurveda provides a comprehensive guide to the four levels of traditional Tibetan medicine with a wealth of traditional health practices and teachings. Much of the contemporary material on Tibetan medicine focuses solely on herbal medicine and acupuncture; Tibetan Ayurveda goes beyond these to look at other important forms of treatment such as Pancha Karma for detoxification and rejuvenation and Kum Nye for integrating mind and body. A self-profile test is included to allow readers to determine their own health needs and embark on the path toward realizing their full potential for health and well-being.
Breathing Through the Whole Body: The Buddha's Instructions on Integrating Mind, Body, and Breath
Breathing Through the Whole Body
The Buddha's Instructions on Integrating Mind, Body, and Breath
Paperback      ISBN: 159477434x

Explores the Buddha's own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings

- Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha's Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body

- Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body

- Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind

Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha's own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: "As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body"--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha's complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon.

Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha's instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition and Body Types with Recipes
Ayurveda: A Life of Balance
The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition and Body Types with Recipes
Paperback      ISBN: 089281490x

This book is a profound but practical testament to the healing power of balanced living and shows how Ayurveda's ancient principles of health can help you achieve the highest levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Cancer survivor Maya Tiwari provides a thorough profile of the seven body types and the foods best suited to each. Her book is the first to include a complete discussion of the personality or psychospiritual attributes of the Ayurvedic body types, as well as food charts, seasonal menus, and recommended daily routines for each type. A chapter on sadhanas focuses on activities of the hearth, home, garden, and community that activate our cognitive memory of right living. An extensive section of uncomplicated recipes, keyed to the body types, and another on home remedies help provide a painless transition to a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Body Feng Shui: The Ancient Chinese Science of Body Reading
Body Feng Shui
The Ancient Chinese Science of Body Reading
Paperback      ISBN: 0892817690

- The first book in English on the ancient Chinese tradition of reading personality traits in physical appearance.

- Includes over 100 illustrations that explain the meanings of physical characteristics.

- Explains how individuals can influence their destiny and use negatively perceived physical aspects as tools for healthy relationships and positive self-transformation.

Min Xiang Shue--also known as body feng shui--is an ancient Taoist tradition that uses the techniques from the more familiar art of placement (feng shui) to reveal the connection between inner character and external appearance. According to this ancient art, it is possible to recognize the personality of an individual from his or her facial features, hand shape, movements, and posture. Generously illustrated with more than 100 drawings that explain the meaning of distinctive physical characteristics, Body Feng Shui teaches you how to explore your own and others' destinies by reading the truths of the soul as they appear on the human body.

Introduced for the first time in the Western world, the art of body feng shui can show how a negative or positive physical aspect can be partially responsible for happiness or misfortune, health or illness, wealth or poverty. Moreover, though we are given certain attributes at birth, these are not unchangeable. Body Feng Shui provides valuable lessons for redesigning our fate based on the observations of our physical appearance and offers many examples of positive changes you can make to transform an inauspicious physical feature into a blessing--none of which require plastic surgery.
Cosmic Detox: A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing
Cosmic Detox
A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing
Paperback      ISBN: 1594773777

How to cleanse the nine openings of the body for detoxification and self-healing

- Explains how to purify the body's internal environment through mono diets, fasts, and colonic cleanses to prevent degenerative disease and premature aging

- Presents a 14-day total-body cleansing guide

- Includes chi self-massage and healing sound practices as well as natural recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes

Long known by Taoist masters, the body has an innate ability to heal itself, an ability that is hampered by toxins in the food we ingest and energy blockages that arise from illnesses and obstacles in our lives. These blockages transform the body's energy rivers into a polluted and stagnant swamp--the root of degenerative disease as well as premature aging.

Revealing the detoxification and rejuvenation practices of the Taoist sages, Master Mantak Chia and William U. Wei show how to reactivate your body's self-healing abilities by gradually and safely expelling accumulated toxins through fasting, mono diets, and cleansing the nine openings of the body. Using the practices of chi self-massage and healing sounds along with natural recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes for each of the openings and their related organs, the authors explain how to balance and purify the body's internal environment through acid and alkaline foods, urine therapy, colonic cleanses, dry skin brushing, ear candling, and energized water. Concluding with a 14-day total-body cleansing program, Cosmic Detox offers tools to keep the energy rivers clean and flowing, preparing the body for higher level Taoist practices as well as enabling healing of our emotional and spiritual bodies.
Insomnia: A Guide To, and Consolation For, the Restless Early Hours
Insomnia
A Guide To, and Consolation For, the Restless Early Hours
Hardcover      ISBN: 1999917979
Guidance for the restless insomniac--analysis and philosophy combine to provide comfort on even the longest of sleepless nights.

Not being able to sleep is deeply frightening. We panic about our ability to cope with the demands of the next day; we panic that we are panicking; the possibility of sleep recedes ever further as the clock counts down to another exhausted, irritable dawn.

Our societies have learnt to treat insomnia with the best-applied discipline we know: medicine--in particular, with pills powerful enough to wrestle consciousness into submission. But there are other things to do besides, or alongside, medicalising insomnia. We can reflect on our sleeplessness, define it to ourselves and others, try to understand where it springs from in human nature and speculate on what it might--in its own confused way--be trying to tell us.

This book is an eloquent guide to, and companion through, the long sleepless hours of the night. We come away from its soothing pages informed, consoled and armed with insights that will make us feel a lot less alone--as we wait for sleep, eventually, to come.