ESSAYS ON AYURVEDA BY GEORGE EASSEY

Essays on ayurveda

Dr. George Eassey (1955-2013), native of Kerala, South India, had spent 20 years in the USA. He belongs to the first generation of Ayurvedic practitioners and teachers who have pioneered the way for Ayurveda's recognition as a mainstream system of medicine. At the end of 1997 moved to the heart of Europe, to join his wife who is of Czech origin. The "Roving Ambassador of Ayurveda" as the India Link Magazine calls him in one of its feature articles, has been based in Prague where he founded the first Ayurvedic centre in Eastern and Central Europe. He has published several books about Ayurveda and healing..

Dr. George Eassey (1955-2013)Dr. George Eassey (1955-2013)

Dr. George Eassey

(1955-2013)

Native of Kerala, South India, had spent 20 years in the USA. He belongs to the first generation of Ayurvedic practitioners and teachers who have pioneered the way for Ayurveda's recognition as a mainstream system of medicine. At the end of 1997 moved to the heart of Europe, to join his wife who is of Czech origin. The "Roving Ambassador of Ayurveda" as the India Link Magazine calls him in one of its feature articles, has been based in Prague where he founded the first Ayurvedic centre in Eastern and Central Europe. He has published several books about Ayurveda and healing.


Foreword for ESSAYS ON AYURVEDA BY GEORGE EASSEY, O.M.D.

The author, George Eassey, hails from the Indian state of Kerala known for its rich tradition in Ayurveda. He learnt Ayurvedic medicine from traditional physicians and travelled to many countries to get to know other traditions, such as Chinese, Tibetan and Korean medicines. He served nineteen years in USA and currently works as Director of ‘Astanga Ayurveda’ Centre in Europe. He is frequently invited to lecture on Ayurveda and other systems of oriental medicine at various universities. His activities earned him a title of ‘Roving Ambassador of Ayurveda.’

The author, encouraged by the good response for his book ‘Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine’ dealing with pharmacopoeia, is now bringing out his second title ‘Essays on Ayurveda.’ The book explains in nutshell all the important doctrines and fundamental principles of Ayurveda. It does so in simple English, avoiding complicated Sanskrit terms, which will be of great help to students and teachers in Western countries.

The book commences with the history of Ayurveda, mentions some of the ancient authorities and their texts, relation of Ayurveda to the Samkhya philosophy and its evolution as an independent system of medicine. It pays a lot of attention to explaining the basic doctrine of Tridosha, mentions the properties and functions of each to show that they are responsible for the entire functioning of our body – physiological, psychological and spiritual. Tridosha maintains an equilibrium which is synonymous with health and any change in this balance gives rise to disease. It is further described how imbalances should be corrected by the use of appropriate foods and medicinal herbs, based on one’s constitution and metabolic capacity. The importance of some of the popular and commonly used drugs such as Amalaki, Nimba, and Aswagandha is highlighted. The author gives a brief account of the advent of Ayurveda in the West and credits several pioneering teachers for their propagation of Ayurveda.

The book is multifaceted and the reader gets acquainted with numerous topics related to Ayurveda. The author narrates many interesting incidents from his life and in a very lively and accessible way and provides much information which would otherwise require searching many texts. The book is an excellent guide for both students and practitioners of Ayurveda.

I congratulate Dr. George Eassey for presenting this useful book as an instrument to propagate Ayurveda throughout the world. I wish for more such good books by him to be published in the future.

Prof. K. R. Srikanta Murthy

Former Principal Government Ayurveda Medical College

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