"Ayurvedic Healing for Women" is not a book solely angled to aspiring Ayurvedic students but a book well worth reading by all natural medicine students, therapists and individuals interested in understanding and treating women's health issues. The book is presented in two parts.
Part One - Ayurveda and You: This section gives an introduction into Ayurvedic concepts covering various subjects ranging from birth constitution in the chapter "You as an Individual Woman", the female reproductive system from an Ayurvedic perspective and the subsequent disease process when there is imbalance covered in chapters "The Female Anatomy According to Ayurveda", and "Imbalances and the Diseases Process."
Part Two - Ayurvedic Treatments: This section as the title suggests is a detailed look at the numerous disorders that can affect women with treatment principles including detailed herbal formulas for all the diseases listed. The topics covered are vast and include chapters titled "Depression, Premenstrual and Menstrual Difficulties, Premenopause, Menopause and Postmenopause, Cyst, Fibroids, and Tumors." This section also presents information on "Nutrition as a Healing Power" which is a major treatment consideration when utilizing an Ayurvedic approach to re-establishing balance.
Other topics discussed in the book as part of the appendix include "Getting off Pharmaceutical Medications, Pregnancy and childhood According to Ayurveda, and Aphrodisiacs and Fertility."
The book is written to be accessible to persons with no prior exposure to Ayurveda, presenting basic Ayurvedic concepts and building upon them as the work progresses. The material in this book is also a valuable study companion for Ayurvedic students or practitioners as well, as the material that has been collected is in-depth without being textbook like. The book fills a vacant hole in modern Ayurvedic literature that is accessible to the main stream West in that it presents in-depth material regarding women's disorders where other books focus on the cosmetic aspect of women's health. The stand out feature that makes this book accessible to health practitioners practising in the West is that the herbal formulas listed in the book are made up of 99.9 % of Western herbs or herbs accessible in the West. This allows Western herbalists or naturopaths to directly assimilate the material from this book into their practice and expression. It also gives an example for Ayurvedic practitioners in the West for the potential to utilize western herbs as part of their expression using what is grown around us remaining true to Ayurveda.
The book is insightful, informative and well written. The information given is also presented with responsibility referring the reader to seek professional advice and assistance on some of the more sensitive topics presented in book. Atreya presents the book with compassion and reverence for women and Ayurveda stating in his introduction, "I am clearly aware of the limitations of a man writing about women's health. It is my hope that this book will inspire women practitioners to study Ayurveda more deeply in order to help women in all aspects of life. Yet, the primary focus of this book is that of self-help for ordinary women."
An excellent book from a teacher that has inspired me with his practicality, insight, and compassion.