Book Review: The Natural Health Matrix: Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds

By Thomas Mueller (Katgab Publishing, 2014)

Although this is intended as a book for newcomers to Ayurveda – the kind of folks just past the “Ayurveda? What’s that?” stage - I am thoroughly delighted by this work and could not put it down so engaging is Thomas Mueller’s writing.

“The Natural Health Matrix” is a comprehensive guide, for those new or almost new to the subject, to the ancient Indian healing science of Ayurveda. The book is part memoir and part straightforward instructional text which adds to its readability and overall charm, which makes a potentially labored reading in fact a real delight. The book describes its author’s personal pilgrimage into Ayurveda and his explorations into its guiding principles and philosophies that came to change his own life in a revolutionary fashion.

Subtitled “Eastern Wisdom for Western Minds,” The Natural Health Matrix is a wonderfully clear explanation of how the contemporary Westerner might incorporate Eastern – and most specifically Ayurvedic - health wisdom into his or her lifestyle.

The Natural Health Matrix is a captivating read as it unravels Thomas's own story (from a twenty-something government clerk in southern Germany with a lifestyle in which considerations for health and wellbeing played no part and with a liver about to “quit” on him to becoming one of the globe’s foremost practitioners of Ayurveda) in each chapter combined with engagingly written, clear and well-organized short sections that introduce specific Ayurvedic concepts and detail their application.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the teachings of Ayurveda and means by which those teachings can be implemented with relative ease by Westerners unfamiliar with its practices. I enthusiastically recommend the book!

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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