Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition Editors: Rastogi, Sanjeev (Ed.)

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  • Universal applicability of ideas and concepts
  • Non-traditional approach to health and nutrition
  • Provides insight into Ayurvedic medicine


Ayurveda is widely considered to be one of the oldest health care traditions still in practice today. Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, it is now increasingly recognized and practiced globally including in many European countries and the United States.

Food and nutrition play a crucial role in the health care wisdom of Ayurveda. The Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition discusses the various principles of healthy eating as prescribed by Ayurveda. Divided into three sections, it addresses the fundamentals, the clinical applications, and the future challenges of Ayurveda. Specifically, the book discusses issues such as the concept of diet, the use of food as medicine, especially to treat diabetes and cancer, convalescent food practices, and fasting therapy.

The Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition is unique in that it is one of the only books to investigate the scientific rationale behind Ayurveda, enabling this health care tradition to potentially be incorporated into a Western clinical practice model when this latter conventional therapy is found to be ineffective.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Ayurvedic Principles of Food and Nutrition: Translating Theory into Evidence-Based Practice

    Pages 3-14

    Rastogi, Sanjeev

  • The Basic Tenets of Ayurvedic Dietetics and Nutrition

    Pages 15-23

    Singh, Ram Harsh

  • The Concept of Diet in Ayurveda and Its Implications for the Modern World

    Pages 25-38

    Kumar, Syal

  • Applying Ayurvedic Eating Principles to the Science of Stress-Linked Food Behavior

    Pages 39-46

    Rastogi, Sanjeev

  • Integrating the Science and Art of Using Food as Medicine

    Pages 49-58

    Raj, Sudha

  • Integrated Food and Nutrition in the Management of Diabetes

    Pages 59-65

    Vaidya, Ruchi (et al.)

  • Convalescent Food Practices in Ayurveda

    Pages 67-80

    Rastogi, Sanjeev (et al.)

  • Food-Based Interventions for Cancer Management: An Ayurvedic Perspective

    Pages 81-105

    Pal, Sanjoy Kumar

  • Food-Based Therapeutics: A Converging Paradigm of Traditional and Modern Food Science

    Pages 107-121

    Pal, Rishi (et al.)

  • Fasting as a Curative Practice: Historical, Traditional, and Contemporary Perspective

    Pages 123-135

    Rastogi, Rajiv (et al.)

  • A Scientific Examination of Western Dietary Practices as They Relate to Food Practices in Ayurveda

    Pages 139-160

    Lurie, Diana I.

  • From Book to Bedside: Challenges of Translating Ayurvedic Science of Food and Nutrition for the Common Benefits

    Pages 161-167

    Rastogi, Sanjeev

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