Book Review: The A-to-Z Ayurveda Practical Prescriber

Dr. Vasant Patil, BAMS, MD (Ayur), the author of "A to Z Ayurveda Practical Prescriber" (Atreya Ayurvedic Foundation, Ilkal, Karnataka, India; 2013) is associate professor in the department of graduate studies in panchakarma at Shri Vijay Mahantesh Ayurvedic Medical College in Ilkal, Karnataka (India) and is director of the Atreya Ayurvedic Foundation and consultant to the Atreya Ayurvedic Hospital and Panchakarma Center. This present work appears to be the first of a multi-volume series entitled Atreya's Guidelines for Ayurvedic Practice.

Efficient and informed prescribing is a necessary basis for effective and safe client care. A great many allopathic, and even homeopathic drug vademecums and practical prescriber-type handbooks are widely available but this publication is a first in English for use by Ayurvedic physicians and practitioners. This 158-page e-book is organized into disease categories (using standard Western diagnostic categories), specifying for each 3 to 6 formulations for the practitioner to select among.

Where practical, the formulations are grouped into remedies intended to address the vataja, pittaja and kaphaja forms of the pathologies treated. Each disease entry is followed by a short accounting of things (foods, activities, environments, etc.) to advise the client to enjoin or avoid.

This is an extremely useful, highly portable guide to prescribing from the Ayurvedic materia medica, and suffers only a little from its occasional lapse into "non-standard" English usage.

Professor Patil has made a very creditable effort and I enthusiastically recommend his work for both practitioners and students.

Review provided by William Courson, BVSA, D. Ayur., an Ayurvedic Practitioner, faculty member and the College Dean of Institutional Development at Sai Ayurvedic College & Ayurvedic Wellness Center.

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