Ask a question About the Author Dr. Sastry belongs to traditional Ayurveda family from Kakinada E. Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from Dr. Ayurvedic College, Vijayawada A.

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Ask a question About the Author Dr. Sastry belongs to traditional Ayurveda family from Kakinada E. Andhra Pradesh. He graduated from Dr. Ayurvedic College, Vijayawada A. He was university topper with two gold medals in BAMS. He completed PG studies from Dr. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad in He received a gold medal and silver medal for his thesis work at both state and national level respectively. He is involved with teaching and training in Dravyaguna subject at the following institutes viz He had been made as member for the Dravyaguna Syllabus Committee in His M.

He published more than 15 reference books on Ayurveda. He has presented several clinical and scientific papers at regional, national and international seminars with more than 30 publications in reputed journals and newspapers. He had given several Radio-talks and guest lectures at various prestigious institutes.

About the Senior Author Dr. Tanjua M. She did her post-graduation from GAU, Jamnagar in Her Ph. Later, she acted as Principal of the same institute. New Delhi She is appointed as alternate leader for developing research collaboration with MAYO clinic. She presented various scientific as well as review papers at various as well as international seminar. She also guided several dissertations and thesis works at P. Between 10th AD to 15th AD, several nighantus lexicons were written specifically targeting the herbs and their guna-karmas.

According to Sri P. Sharmaji- about , and single drugs by individual names were respectively mentioned by Caraka, Susruta and Vagbhata in their treatises. But, if one counts these herbs by botanical sources, about herbs will be found in the Brhat Trayi three major treatises. Later, Dravyaguna Nighantus lexicons on herbs etc have introduced new herbs and gradually the number of herbs increased up to considering all the controversial herbs together. The tradition of these lexicons came to an end by the turn of 20th century AD specially after the advent of Yoga granthas compilation works on formulations in the modern era.

Sharmaji are some of the examples for the nighantus of modern times. On the other hand, the Ayurvedic teaching and training has undergone a drastic change from the ancient guru-sishya parampara to a organized institutional training. Though this is a welcome change there are merits and demerits to this change over. Between and , the Ayurvedic education was mainly controlled by Ayurved Vidya Peeth, New Delhi wherein scholar-practitioners used to engage the students of Ayurveda in teaching and training.

The syllabus was focused on seven fundamentals of Dravyaguna Dravya-Rasa-Guna-Vidya-Vipaka-Prabhava-Karma followed by the knowledge on individual herbs etc. Afterwards, several syllabus committees shrunk the list to In south India scholars like Vd. Savnor from Kerala and Dr. Nishteswar from Andhra Pradesh have published their works in local languages.

It is Dr. Sastry who published the full length English text with 5 volumes on the subject Dravyaguna Vijnana through Chaukhambha Orientalia, Varanasi. But after the introduction of new syllabus in , there is no text available in any language on this subject. Indentifying the necessity, Dr. In this endeavour the author requested his Ph. Tanuja M. These two are versatile personalities in the field of Ayurveda in general and in the field of Dravyaguna in specific who made a lucid translation and compilation.

This work is actually completed and sent for press in itself. But, in the newly elected CCIM body established a new syllabus committee in which the author as well as the senior author was members. This committee finalized the Dravyaguna syllabus in with the minor changes.

Those changes are incorporated into the text and the text is made ready in record time. The authors deserve thorough appreciation for their effort since this will be the only text available on Dravyaguna on the basis of new syllabus in any language though for the time being.

The first volume covered all the 18 points of the CCIM syllabus. There are 18 chapters wherein each topic is discussed elaborately. While describing the fundamentals of Dravyaguna, proper care is taken not to make true translation. The most fascinating aspect of the text is where ever it is possible the research activity related to the fundamentals to Dravyaguna have been referred. Authors have mentioned about the experiments of Sri S. Dhyaniji on rasa and the experiments of Dr.

Nishteswar on virya in a detailed manner. This would help the enthusiastic student in planning for the future activities. At the same time, the concepts related to less studied vipaka aspect have been provided through a hypothesis of using metabolic cage model on animals for evaluation of vipaka of unknown herbs. The concept of Baddha Vinmutra for Katu Vipaka and Srsta Vinmutra for Madhura Vipaka can be properly assessed by these experiments which will revolutionize the new drug research on the basis of fundamentals of Ayurveda.

The most significant part of this text is that the authors have not restricted them to syllabus alone. Where ever necessary additional points have been described. For example, in the context of nighantus, though limited names have been mentioned in the syllabus, the authors have provided the information regarding all the major nighantu works.

It is also learnt that the authors have submitted the menuscript of second volume covering the individual herbs as per the syllabus. I wish the second volume will also be made available to the students community at the earliest.

I sincerely, thank the authors for considering me for writing the foreword for this text. Preface It is my pleasure to be part of Text Book of Dravyaguna as senior author.

Earlier, I happen to write the foreword for one of the volumes of Dravyaguna Vijnana written by Dr. I know the author as a student of Ph. Understanding the principles of Dravyaguna, he is venturing into a complete work on the basis of new syllabus.

Yet again the author decided to bring out another volume for the benefit the student community. It is glad to find an elaborate and extensive description of fundamentals of Dravyaguna in this volume. The herbs will be discussed in the next volume. His approach towards the subject is apparent while describing the Virya and Karma chapters. The author had taken pain in collecting the information from various texts of Ayurveda and modern science.

This book is really useful for the Ayurvedic students as well as practitioners to learn about the fundamentals of Dravyaguna. Since the book provides ancient and modern knowledge, it will be helpful for students and practitioners to utilize this book. The Central Council for Indian Medicine should recognize this book as reference book for the undergraduate student to make them update.

I once again congratulate the author and the publishers for bringing out a very useful book on Dravuaguna vijnana. It is Prolf. Sharma who had provided the Sanskrit version of definition for Dravyaguna.

Pursuits for health and longivity have been the main activity of human kind since times immemorial. Using the natural resources for maintanace of health and management of disease dates back to Vedic period.

It is observed that the history of drugs is essentially the history of civilization and science. The Vedic culture reflects the unfolding science and civilization of ancient India.

These Vedas are the sources of correct and complete knowledge in ancient India. The emphasis laid on single drug therapy for different diseases in the Vedic period is quite evident from the available references. The number of medicinal plants delineated in Rgveda, Yajurveda and Atharvaveda are 67, 81 and respectively.

The utility and usage of vegetable drugs is more identified in the samhita period. It is recorded that Caraka, Susruta and Vagbhata have described , and drugs respectively in their treatises along with their pharmacological properties and therapeutic effects under different classifications.

Earliest references about dravyaguna nighantus lexicons on material medica are available from AD. These lexicons are followed by several compilation works on medicinal plants in the modern era.

Sharmaji are some of the examples for the modern time nighantus. In the process both the nighantus and other compilation works contributed many new drugs to Indian Materia Medica. The author of this text is of the opinion that for Ayurveda, Dravyaguna is like Pharmacology for modern medicine.

More precisely, Dravyaguna is a combination of herbal pharmacology, pharmacognosy, phytochemistry and clinical pharmacology. Therefore, three will be enormous pressure on an average student to understand all the intricacies and move on in the academics.

The author recollects the concern shown by Sodhala in his work Nama Sangraha as an example.



Vojind Thank you so much. But it was only in the period of the Ayurvedic Samhitas, that there were serious attempts in studying plants scientifically and systematically. Knowledge of Animal Drugs and Foods in Ayurveda. In my view rasa, which is identified, by nipata contact with the tongue and vipaka by nishtha karma final action serve as indices of guna at the tongue level and at the stage of biotransformation alteration of drug within living organism respectively. Chunekar, which have rendered important guidelines in the preparation of this hand book.



Description About the Book This book written by Dr. Prakash L Hegde M. Harini A M. D Ayu is a good addition to the field of Dravyaguna.





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