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5 Books on Ayurveda We Recommend for “Newbies”


Have you been wanting to learn more about Ayurveda and looking for a book to get you started? A book that provides an informative overview while having a practical element. Focused on the aspect of Ayurveda in which an individual can participate in their own well-being?

With a vast holistic medical system like Ayurveda, finding an introductory book can be challenging. This 5,000-year-old time-tested science encompasses a wide range of knowledge. From prevention-based practices for the general public to disease management that is geared towards medical professionals. For someone new to Ayurveda, the search for a personally relevant book can feel overwhelming.

To help ease the search, we’ve curated a list of five books, from Ayurveda pioneers to leading experts working in the field today. Each book explains a different aspect of this vast medical system, diving deep into one subject within Ayurveda. While being rooted in the same fundamental principles of the body, mind, and soul. All five books are informative while having a practical element. To help you get started in practicing the part of this medical system that empowers one to play a role in their well-being.

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5 Books on Ayurveda We Recommend for Newbies

Ayurveda_Science_Life_ChitChaatChaiAyurveda: The Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad

Dr. Vasant Lad, BAMS is the godfather of Ayurveda. Introducing India’s holistic medical system to the United States in the late 1970s. The first of many of his books, the 174-page book written in 1984 is still relevant today. Dr.Lad provides an overview of Ayurveda’s key principles, approach to the body, mind, diagnosis process, diet, and disease. With a bit of history, philosophy, common treatments, and lifestyle recommendations  An introductory book that keeps it simple, practical, yet is insightful. A beneficial read for anyone seeking to get their feet wet and an overview of Ayurveda basics.

Change_Your_Schedule_ChitChaatChaiChange Your Schedule, Change Your Life by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD, a leading Ayurveda physician explains one of Ayurveda’s key principles—living with the body’s natural rhythms to improve mental, emotional and physical health. Linking Ayurveda’s time-tested science with today’s science of circadian medicine, Dr. Suhas provides key insights and tools to make manageable changes to promote healthier living by utilizing the circadian clock to efficiently utilize our energy levels.  In honing in on a core foundational aspect of Ayurveda, this book explains how our wellbeing is connected to the circadian rhythms. A great read for anyone who wants to learn how to transform their quality of life by examining their lifestyle routines.

Ayurveda_Way_Chit_Chaat_ChaiThe Ayurveda Way by Ananta Ripa Ajmera

From a new generation of Ayurveda writers, this beautifully designed and photographed book consists of 108 accessible practices to live healthier. A book you can open to any page and learn about the body, mind, and spirit through the lens of Ayurveda or get an immune-boosting easy recipe, find a new lifestyle practice, gain a insightful wisdom, or receive a reminder on how to move through the day mindfully.  It’s like a deck of wisdom cards bound together in a book. Perfect for anyone looking to incorporate, learn and practice wellness rooted in Ayurveda.


Pratima Raichur is a chemist, a doctor of naturopathy and an expert in Ayurveda.  In Absolute Beauty, she explains how our internal self is a reflection of our external self, in relation to the skin tissue. Defining beauty from a body, mind, and emotion-based perspective, through the lens of Ayurveda. In addition, providing skin care routines, information on a variety of alternative therapies, the importance of detoxification, dietary recommendations based on skin type, and the mind-body connection. A great read for anyone seeking to re-define beauty promoted healthier skin through holistic practices and promoting an inner radiance for an external glow.


Ayurvedic_Home_Remidies_Chit_Chaat_ChaiThe Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by. Dr. Vasant Lad

From athletes foot, cramps, dandruff, hiccups, colds, constipation, anxiety, etc… this book provides remedies using Ayurveda’s approach to helping restore the body and mind. Using ingredients available in the kitchen pantry, essential oils to breathing practices, this well-organized book will help you find natural solutions to common health imbalances. Organized by ailment, this book provides a short overview of Ayurveda basics and philosophy,  along with tips on how to prepare more complex herbal preparations. A great book for anyone seeking natural, time-tested remedies.