Five things that makes Ayurveda a distinct medical science

ayurvedaAyurveda is a very distinct medical science and has some unique features:-

(a)  Ayurveda gives ample emphasis on the preventive aspects and helps in promotion and prolongation of a healthy and happy life.- It is said that, “Prevention is better than cure” , Ayurveda totally supports preventive aspect than the curative.

(b)  Its approach is Psychosomatic in dealing with healthy and diseased persons. It endeavors to treat man as a whole which is a combination of body, mind and soul.- According to WHO , definition of health , definitely includes mental, and social well being. Happiness is the good combination of body-mind-soul. In fact no medical science can prepare a capsule of happiness. However, Ayurveda does, if you follow the rules of dincharya, ratricharya, ritucharya, you can definitely live healthy and happy life. Continue reading “Five things that makes Ayurveda a distinct medical science”

Shalyatantra (Surgery in Ayurveda)

sushruta-samhitaSushruta has described it as the first and foremost specialty. Sushruta can be well-defined as the father of not only Indian surgery but of world surgery. He has described various stages (types) of inflammation, accidental wounds, burns, fractures and many major abdominal operations like intestinal—obstruction, stone in the bladder etc., and also specialized surgery like Plastic surgery (Rhinoplasty). Continue reading “Shalyatantra (Surgery in Ayurveda)”

Analysis of Charaka Samhita. (Sutrasthana)

Charak Samhita is one of the great three triads in Ayurveda. It has total of 8 divisions with 120 chapters.
The first division of Charaka’s Samhita is called Sutrasthana. It consists of thirty chapters. So let’s see the medical techniques included in Charak Samhita. Continue reading “Analysis of Charaka Samhita. (Sutrasthana)”

Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine / General medicine)

According to Ayurveda, man as a whole lies within the purview of the science. (Aturastu Khalu Karya Desah). Mind and body can both affect each other and they comprise the seat of diseases. Thus the approach of Ayurveda from the very beginning is psychosomatic. Ayurveda has grouped all human beings into seven different types of Prakriti (Constitution) according to the predominance of one or more doshas and has similarly also grouped into seven psychic Prakriti (Temperaments) according to the predominance of psychic Doshas. This factor is always taken into account in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases. Continue reading “Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine / General medicine)”

Sushruta Samhita | First book on Surgery

Sushruta Samhita is great work on surgery communicated by Dhanwantari to his pupils and arranged by the great Rishi Sushruta. Sushruta Samhita is also one of the three great triads (Brihat trayi) in Ayurveda. Rishi Sushruta is also known as father of Surgury. The eight divisions of the original Ayurveda are arranged in the different six division by Sushruta. In this article we discuss not only on surgery , but everything about Sushruta Samhita.

1st. Sutrasthana—Medical doctrine. This book deals with miscellaneous introductory subjects, such as the principles of medicine; the origin of medicine ; the selection, management and the instruction of pupils; their faculties; the first principles and elements of the body; the various forms of diseases and accidents and their treatment; the rules for teaching; Continue reading “Sushruta Samhita | First book on Surgery”

Approach to patient | Ayurvedic Concept

Beside the knowledge of Tridosha, Ayurvedic medicine and herbs,  the ancient Ayurveda scholars have laid down beautiful rules of conduct of a physician towards his patient. If a physician is even insultingly and peevishly addressed by a patient he should remain calm, mild and courageous. He should avoid improper and frivolous language particularly with the females. He should not sit down on the same bed with them.

1. How a physician should take- up a case and examine his patient is thus described -the physician should first ask the attendent questions regarding the disease, things the patient has eaten and what he has done to produce or influence the disease. Continue reading “Approach to patient | Ayurvedic Concept”

Three period of a man’s life

The Ayurvedic Physician has divided a man’s life into periods namely childhood(Kapha), manhood(Pitta) and decrepitude(Old-age)(Vata). Ancient text refer this three as Balya avasta, Madhya avasta and Briddha avastha respectively.

The first extends up to the fifteenth year when phlegm is in excess which is Kapha predominant.

Manhood extends from the sixteenth to the seventieth year while bile is in excess. Continue reading “Three period of a man’s life”

Ayurvedic physiology of Allergic Rhinitis or “Hay Fever”

In allergic rhinitis or “hay fever”, there are a number of factors that come together to cause various uncomfortable symptoms of the upper respiratory tract (throat, sinuses, nose) and eyes. Typical symptoms include a clear runny nose, nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, and excess tear production in the eyes. Postnasal dripping of clear mucus frequently causes a cough. Loss of the sense of smell is common, and loss of taste sense occurs occasionally. Nose bleeding may occur if the condition is severe. Continue reading “Ayurvedic physiology of Allergic Rhinitis or “Hay Fever””

Agadhtantra | Science of Toxin in Ayurveda

The foundation of Ayurveda is based on eight branches (Astanga Ayurveda) and in those one of the divisions is Agadh Tantra. According to Ayurveda classic reference, the detail description about the visha (poision) , its classification and examination, disease caused by it, different treatment principles, preventive measures of poision etc are described under the study of toxin or Agadhtantra.

The word Agadhtantra is derived from the combination of two words- Agada and Tantra. Continue reading “Agadhtantra | Science of Toxin in Ayurveda”

Dravyaguna Vijnayan (Science of Medicinal Herbs)

The term “Dravyaguna Vijnana” means the pharmacological & Clinical properties and the actions of medicinal plants with morphological & clinical application. 

It is the branch of medicine dealing with the properties (Guna),  action (Karma) therapeutic uses of Dravya and also the knowledge of the properties, Karma and action of the drug. This subject also includes identification the drug and source of drug  Continue reading “Dravyaguna Vijnayan (Science of Medicinal Herbs)”