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Ayurveda Table of Contents

Dedication / v

Foreword / ix

Preface / xiii

Acknowledgements / xv

About the Author / xvii

Editors Note / xix


Chapter One - Shad Darshan

Introduction / 1

Sankhya / 5

Purusha and Prakruti / 5

Mahad (Creative Intelligence) / 6

Ahamkara / 8

Sattva, Rajas, Tamas / 8

Nyaya and Vaisheshika / 10

The Four Pramana -- Sources of Valid Knowledge / 11

The Elements / 12

Soul (Atman) / 15

Mind (Manas) / 16

Time (Kala) / 16

Direction (Dig) / 17

Mimamsa / 18

Yoga / 19

Vedanta / 20

Buddhism / 21



Chapter Two - Universal Attributes and Doshic Theory

The Five Elements and Their Attributes / 25

The Five Elements and Tanmatras / 27

The Basic Attributes of Tridosha -- Vata, Pitta, Kapha / 29

Attributes (Gunas) and Their Effects on Doshas / 30

Prakruti: Your Unique Body Type / 35

Characteristics of the Vata Individual / 39

Characteristics of the Pitta Individual / 39

Characteristics of the Kapha Individual / 40


Chapter Three - The Doshas and Their Subtypes

Vata and Its Subtypes / 45

Prana Vayu / 48

Udana Vayu / 50

Samana Vayu / 51

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Apana Vayu / 52

Vyana Vayu / 53

Pitta and Its Subtypes / 53

Pachaka Pitta / 56

Ranjaka Pitta / 57

Sadhaka Pitta / 60

Alochaka Pitta / 63

Bhrajaka Pitta / 64

Kapha and Its Subtypes / 65

Kledaka Kapha / 68

Avalambaka Kapha / 71

Bodhaka Kapha / 72

Tarpaka Kapha / 74

Shleshaka Kapha / 77

Summary / 78


Chapter Four - Agni The Digestive Fire

Agni, the Digestive Fire / 81

Agni and the Five Elements / 83

The Role of Agni in Digestion / 84

Normal Functions of Agni / 86

The Doshas and Agni / 89

The Four Varieties of Agni / 90

The 40 Main Types of Agni /92

The Subtypes of Agni / 92


Chapter Five - Dhatus, Part I, Rasa, Rakta, and Mamsa Dhatus

Dhatu Introduction / 103

Nutrition and Structure of the Dhatus / 104

Dhatu Byproducts / 106 Dhatu Mala

Disorders of the Dhatus / 106 Dhatu Dushti

Rasa Dhatu: the Plasma Tissue / 107

Byproducts of Rasa Dhatu / 109

Disorders of Rasa Dhatu / 110 Rasa Dhatu Dushti

Fever / 111 Jwara

Decreased Rasa Dhatu and Increased Rasa Dhatu / 111

Rakta Dhatu: the Blood Tissue / 113

Red Blood Cells / 114

Byproducts of Rakta Dhatu / 116

Disorders of Rakta Dhatu / 117 Rakta Dhatu Dushti

The Health of the Blood Vessels / 120

Mamsa Dhatu: the Muscle Tissue / 122

Types of Muscles and Their Functions / 124

Byproducts of Mamsa Dhatu / 125

Disorders of Mamsa Dhatu / 127 Mamsa Dhatu Dushti or Connective Tissue Disorders

The Role of Mamsa Dhatu in Emotional Well Being / 129

Meditation and Mamsa Dhatu / 130

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Chapter Six - Dhatus, Part II, Meda, Asthi, Majja, Shukra and Artava Dhatus

Review / 133

Meda Dhatu: the Fat Tissue / 134 (Adipose Tissue)

Byproducts of Meda Dhatu / 137

Disorders of Meda Dhatu / 138 Meda Dhatu Dushti

Awareness and Meda / 145

Asthi Dhatu: the Bone Tissue / 146 (Osseous Tissue)

Byproducts of Asthi Dhatu / 148

Disorders of Asthi Dhatu / 150 Asthi Dhatu Dushti

Majja Dhatu: the Nerve Tissue and Bone Marrow / 154

Majja and the Prenatal Development Stage / 154

The Functions of Majja Dhatu / 157

Byproducts of Majja Dhatu / 163

Dreams / 164

Disorders of Majja Dhatu / 164

Shukra and Artava Dhatus: Male and Female Reproductive Tissues / 172

Byproducts of Shukra Dhatu and Byproducts of Artava Dhatus / 173

Shukra Dhatu / 173

Artava Dhatu / 175

Disorders of Shukra Dhatu or Shukra Dhatu Dushti / Disorders of Artava Dhatu or Artava Dhatu Dushti/ 177

Dhatu Conclusion / 178


Chapter Seven - Srotamsi, The Bodily Channels and Bodily Systems

Srotamsi Introduction / 181

Sroto Dushti / 184

The Channels to Receive: Food, Prana, Water / 185

Anna Vaha Srotas: The Channel of Food / 185 (Alimentary Canal or Gastrointesinal Tract or GI Tract)

Prana Vaha Srotas: The Respiratory Channel / 187 (Respiratory Tract)

Ambu Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Water / 188

The Channels to Nourish and Maintain the Body: The Dhatu Srotamsi / 189

Rasa Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Plasma / 189

Rakta Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Blood / 190

Mamsa Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Muscle / 190

Meda Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Fat / 190

Asthi Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Bone / 191

Majja Vaha Srotas: The Channel for the Nerves and Bone Marrow / 192

Shukra Vaha Srotas / Artava Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Reproductive Tissue / 192

Rajah Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Menstruation / 193

Stanya Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Lactation / 193

Channels of Elimination: Feces, Urine, Sweat / 193

Purisha Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Feces / 193

Mutra Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Urine / 195 (Urinary Tract)

Sveda Vaha Srotas: The Channel for Sweat / 196

Mano Vaha Srotas: The Channel of the Mind]] / 197

States of Mind / 197

Manifestations of the Mind / 198

Chakras, Koshas, and the Mind / 199

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Perception, Awareness, and the Mind / 201

Individual Mind and Universal Mind / 202

Mind in the Lower Three Chakras / 204

Heart Chakra: Bridge to Higher Consciousness / 205

The Mind and the Higher Three Chakras / 205

States of Awareness / 206

The Universality of Mind / 206

Disorders of Mano Vaha Srotas / 207

Witnessing Awareness / 208

Conclusion / 209


Chapter Eight - Ojas Tejas Prana

Ojas / 212

Inferior and Superior Ojas / 214 (Apara Ojas and Para Ojas)

Disorders of Ojas / 217 (Immune Disorders or Immune Diseases or Immune Deficiency)

Causes of Disorders of Ojas / 219

Tejas / 220

Qualities of Tejas / 221

Manifestations of Tejas / 224

Tejas and Karma / 225

Tejas and Kundalini / 227

Prana / 228

The Functional Integrity of Prana Tejas and Ojas / 232

Soma / 233

Awareness / 235


Chapter Nine - Digestion and Nutrition

Rasa (Taste) / 239 (Shad Rasa or Six Tastes)

How Taste Relates to the Elements / 240

Relation of Rasa to Tongue and Organs / 241

Pharmacological and Psychological Actions of the Six Tastes / 242

Sweet / 242 Madhura

Sour / 244 Amla

Salty / 245 Lavana

Pungent / 246 Katu

Bitter / 247 Tikta

Astringent / 248 Kshaya

Cravings / 250

Virya (Potent Energy) / 250 (Potency - Hot Ushna or Cold Shita

Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect) / 252 Vipak

Prabhava (Unique, Specific Action) / 253

Actions of Rasa Virya Vipaka and Prabhava / 254

Digestion / 255

The Stages of Digestion / 256

How to Eat a Balanced Diet / 262 (Balanced Diet)

Nutritional Disorders / 263 (Nutritional Diseases)

Food Combining / 264 ((Food Combinations)

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The Three Laws of Nutrition / 265

Nutrition Begins at Conception / 267

Cellular Metabolism (Pilu Paka) / 269

Pilu Paka and Pithara Paka / 270

Desire / 272

Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions / 274 Samjna, Manas, Vedana, Five Skandas

Conclusion]] / 277


Chapter Ten - Conclusion

The Ayurvedic Definition of Health / 279 Definition of Health

The Doshas / 280

The Interactions of the Doshas / 281

Factors That Affect Our Health / 282

Choosing a Balanced Lifestyle / 283

Relationships Emotions and Meditation / 283 Meditation: Shamatha, Calm Abiding, Vipassana, Insight Meditation, Prajna, Prajna Paramita, Chan, Zen, Mahamudra, Dzogchen

Behavioral Medicine / 284

Appendix / 287

Glossary / 299 Glossaries, Ayurvedic Glossary

Index / 315

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Shad Darshan The Six Philosophies of Life / 4

The Elements and Associated Types of Energy / 14

The Senses and the Elements / 27

The 20 Attributes and Their Relationship to the Tridosha / 31

The Attributes of the Vata Individual / 42

The Attributes of the Pitta Individual / 43

The Attributes of the Kapha Individual / 44

The Subtypes of Vata / 46

The Subtypes of Pitta / 55

The Subtypes of Kapha / 68

The Four Varieties of Agni / 92 - Vishama Agni, Tikshna Agni, Manda Agni, Sama Agni

The Amino Acids and 20 Gunas / 98 (Amino Acid

The Seven Dhatus / 104

Signs and Symptoms of Rasa Disorders / 110 (Lympatic Disorders or Lympathic Diseases)

Signs and Symptoms of Rakta Disorders / 118 (Blood Disorders or Blood Diseases)

Blood Types Correlated to the Doshas / 120 (Blood Type)

Signs and Symptoms of Mamsa Disorders / 129 (Muscle Disorders or Muscle Diseases)

Signs and Symptoms of Meda Disorders / 140 (Fat Disorders)

Signs and Symptoms of Asthi Disorders / 151 (Bone Diseases or Bone Disorders)

Signs and Symptoms of Majja Disorders / 170 (Nervous System Disorders or Nervous System Diseases)

Signs and Symptoms of Shukra and Artava Disorders / 178

Male Reproductive Disorders and Female Reproductive Disorders

Four Types of Sroto Dushti / 184 or Sroto Dushti

The Chakras and the Koshas / 200 Chakra or Chakras

Functions of Tejas / 220 (Tejas)

Five Elements and Foods / 240

Taste and the Five Elements / 241 (Taste)

Tastes and Their Related Organs / 242 (Organs)

Effects of Tastes on the Doshas / 249

Functions and Effects of Virya / 251

Effects of Rasa and Vipaka on the Doshas / 253

Digestion: Fields of Experience and Action / 255

Examples of Attributes of Certain Foods / 262

The Twenty Attributes (Twenty Gunas) and Their Effects on the Doshas / 287

The Seven Bodily Tissues (Sapta Dhatu) / 288

The 40 Main Types of Agni / 289

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Disorders of Ojas Tejas and Prana / 291

Srotamsi the Systems and Channels of the Body / 292

Relationship of Sattva Rajas and Tamas to Foods and Behavior / 294

Food Guidelines for Basic Constitutional Types / 295

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