Top 10 Ayurvedic Books for Beginners

1. Textbook of Ayurveda by Dr. Vasant Lad

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.

2. Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole

This book offers a clear, accessible and yet detailed guide to Ayurvedic herbalism. The introductory theoretical chapters complement the core of the book that includes over 100 plant profiles of Ayurvedic herbs and 50 traditional formulas.
Coverage of each plant includes details on growing habitat and special characteristics.
Practical step-by-step instructions explain how to prepare herbal medicines in the unique Ayurvedic style – oils, creams, ghees, jams, etc.

3. Ayurveda : The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide by Dr. Vasant Lad

Ayurveda is a simple, practical science of life whose principles are universally applicable to each individual’s daily existence. Ayurveda speaks to every element and facet of human life, offering guidance that has been tested and refined over many centuries to all those who seek greater harmony, peace and longevity. The knowledge supplied in this book will be of lasting value to the reader.

4. Ayurveda (Idiot’s Guides) by Sahara Rose Ketabi

A must-read for anyone coming to Ayurveda for the first time or as a readable brush-up for all. Sahara offers a contemporary explanation of Ayurvedic wisdom that resonates with today’s readers.”-Deepak Chopra Discover your Ayurvedic Dosha (mind-body type) and find the ideal foods, self-care practices, yoga poses and meditations that are tailored to your unique needs!

5. Ayurvedic healing: A Comprehensive Guide by David Frawley

Ayurvedic Healing presents the Ayurvedic treatment of common diseases, covering over eighty different ailments from the common cold to cancer. It provides a full range of treatment methods including diet, herbs, oils, gems, mantra and meditation. The present edition is an expanded version of the original 1989 edition, covering additional diseases and adding new treatments.

6. The Ayurveda Bible by Anne McIntyre

The Ayurveda Bible is a comprehensive guide that explores the Indian healing system of Ayurveda, from its origins in ancient Vedic scriptures to Ayurveda as practiced today. The book covers the three prime qualities of Ayurveda and how to assess a person’s Ayurvedic constitution — doshas and dhatus. It describes the relationship between food and a person’s constitution and the role of preventative health in Ayurveda.
A full chapter is dedicated to Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment. It covers the causes and stages of disease, the principles of Ayurvedic treatment, detoxification, treatment of the doshas and dhatus, and Ayurveda and the mind.

7. Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide by Susan Weis-Bohlen

A concise overview of Ayurveda that covers its historical roots, concepts, and various healing methods. A 3-week Ayurveda plan for beginners to introduce Ayurvedic concepts into one’s lifestyle gently and practically. A simple dosha quiz and in-depth descriptions of each dosha.
Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide will show you how to unlock the transformative powers of Ayurveda and move forward in your journey towards a healthier state of mind, body, and spirit.

8. Ayurveda For Dummies by Angela Hope-Murray

Helps you develop a diet based on your body type Advises you on ways to optimize your health by exercising to suit your body type Gives you trusted info on stretching your body with Yoga This hands-on, friendly guide helps you understand your body type and restore balance to your life using the principles of Ayurveda.

9. Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy by Acharya Shunya

Ayurveda is founded on the belief that true health is everyone s birthright and that each of us is a self-healing entity who can use nature s abundance to restore and renew ourselves. Internationally renowned for her ability to make Ayurveda accessible and practical for Western audiences, Acharya Shunya presents a narrative-based guidebook that meticulously covers the how-to s of morning and evening self-care, daily contemplations, self-massage and skin care, cooking (including recipes), beauty rituals, and more.

10. The Book of Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach to Health and Longevity by Judith Morrison

Offering a practical guide to the fundamentals of the ancient art of Ayurveda, a system for healthful living includes a daily regime of exercise, eating habits, meditation, yoga, hygiene, and massage appropriate for each type of constitution.