The Language of Ayurveda

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by Nicolai Bachman, published by Trafford Publishing 2005, 2010

Learn how to read, write and pronounce over 850 Sanskrit terms relating to Ayurveda. Includes 9 invocation chants, 15 verses on Ayurveda, reference tables and separate English and Sanskrit indices.


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“The Language of Ayurveda is the soul of Ayurvedic education. Nicolai Bachman’s great effort in producing this excellent linguistic work will unfold the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda in the hearts of students.”
Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician

“… an essential reference guide to Sanskrit terminology indispensable for all serious students of Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga therapy. With a well produced book and two high quality CDs, it provides all the necessary Sanskrit terms, their meaning and categorization, as well as explaining the prime principles of healing in the Indian tradition. It contains important mantras and chants as well.”
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), author, Yoga and Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Healing

Finally, an audio-visual reference on Sanskrit verses and terms used in Ayurveda!
A complete description is given below.


  • comprehensive
    • draws from the numerous original Ayurvedic texts
    • covers the vast majority of vocabulary used by Ayurvedic practitioners in the West
    • chants of invocations as well as verses from original Ayurvedic texts
  • audio and visual components reinforce each other
  • serves as a teaching guide and reference manual

Book (144 pages spiral-bound)

  • convenient 8″ x 6 1/2″ size
  • 8 common chants of invocation, 15 verses on Ayurveda
  • over 850 Sanskrit terms
  • Appendices include reference tables on VPK, dhatus, tastes and more
  • shows the original Devanagari Sanskrit script, transliteration and translation for everything
  • two ways to quickly find a word using the indices
    • locate by Sanskrit name using the Sanskrit Index
    • locate by the English translation using the English Index
  • Easily accessible Sanskrit Pronunciation Key in the back of the book
  • Complete bibliography

144 pg spiral-bound book
2 CDs (81 tracks total)



CD Audio Tracks

Disc 1

Chants of Invocation

1   Gananam Tva

2   Devi Sureshvari

3   Dhanvantari Stotram

4   Shatamanam

5   Tryambakam

6   Vata A

7   Annam Brahma

8   Brahmarpanam


Verses on Ayurveda

9   Dhatus and Malas

10 Elements and their Tanmatras

11 Gunas (twenty qualities)

12 Gunas of each Dosha

13 Similars and Dissimilars

14 Samprapti

15 Sites of Vata

16 Sites of Pitta

17 Sites of Kapha

18 Subdoshas of Vata

19 Subdoshas of Pitta

20 Subdoshas of Kapha

21 Tastes

22 Tastes of each Dosha

23 Vipaka of each Taste


Origins of Ayurveda

24 Shad-Darshana

25 Sankhya Gunas

26 Purusha and Tattvas 1-4

27 Tattvas 5-9

28 Tattvas 10-14

29 Tattvas 15-19

30 Tattvas 20-24

31 Purushartha

32 Limbs of Ayurveda

33 Major Texts

34 Minor Texts

35 Upavedas

36 Vedas


The Body

37 Body Parts and Organs

38 Digestion Types (agni)

39 Doshas and Subdoshas

40 Dosha Phases

41 Energetics of Substances

42 Energy Centers (cakra)

43 Energy Channels (nadi­)

44 Channel Systems (srotas)

45 Energy Points (marman)

46 Natural Urges (vega)

47 Pillars of Longevity

48 Qualities (guna)

49 Sheaths (kosha)

50 Tastes (rasa)

51 Tissues (dhatu)

52 Utilization of Food

53 Waste Materials (mala)


Disc 2

Examination and Treatment

1    Digestive Strength

2    Disease Causes

3    Disease Stages

4    Diseases

5    Examination – Diagnosis

6    Examination – Eightfold

7    Examination – Tenfold

8    Measurements of Size

9    Measurements of Time

10  Pain Types

11  Palliation Methods

12  Pancakarma

13  Pulse Gaits

14  Seasons

15  Symptoms

16  Treatment Methods

17  Treatments



18  Actions (karman)

19  Carriers (anupana)

20  Common Herbal Formulas

21  Food Types

22  Herbs (oshadhi)

23  Mineral Ashes (bhasma)

24  Parts of the Plant

25  Preparation Methods

26  Times to Take



27  General Terms

28   Sanskrit Alphabet Chant