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Astangahrdaya of Vagbhata is an ancient authoritative treatise on Ayurveda. Its popularity extended beyond the frontiers of India for more than a Thousand years is substantiated by its translation in Arabic, Booo and of course of some European languages.
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Study of Astangahrdaya is considered indispensable for a through knowledge of Ayurveda. With the increasing interest these days for the study of classical texts of Ayurveda both within and outside India, a great need is felt for an English translation.
This publication hopes to fulfill this necessity. The complete text is being presented in 3 Volumes viz. Historical Introduction, Sutra sthana and Sarira sthana Vol. Each volume has the text in Sanskritfollowed by its faithful English translation. Explanations wherever necessary are furnished in the Notes. Appendices and Index are provided to make each volume self-reliant.
This great work on Ayurveda, translated by an experienced professor, published for the first time in sure to be of immense help for all those who are interested in Ayurveda.
Srikantha Murthy b, an alumnus of the Govt. College of Ayurveda in Karnataka and retired in As ordained by his Preceptor and mentor, Prof. Dwarakanath, he has been pursuing literary research activities since last thirty five years and has so far published many scientific papers and books. Astangahrdaya-quintessence of the eight branches of Ayurveda is one of the authoritative treatises on ancient Indian medicine.
It had attracted the attention of medical men not only within this country but also of neighbouring countries such as Arabia, Persia, Tibet and Germany. Its popularity is substantiated by the large number of commen- taries by Indian scholars and appreciation by the scholars of many other countries.
With its beauty and brevity of poetical composition, sequential arrangement of topics, clear descri- ption of precepts and practices of medical science and many other merits, it has earned its rightful place as one among the ‘Brhat trayi’ -three great treatises-of Ayurveda. It is an epitome of Ayurveda catering to the needs of the students, scholars and medical practitioners alike.
Nature end contents of the treatise Astangahrdaya contains six sthanas sections each sthana consisting of varying number of adhyayas chapters ; the total number of chapters being The text is com- posed entirely in poetry.
The total number of verses is in the extant edition. There are short prose lines also, two at the commencement of each chapter. The sthanas sections and their important con- tents are:. The first section has 30 chapters dealing with basic doctrines of Ayurveda, principles of health, pre- vention of diseases, properties of articles of diet and drugs, humoral physiology and pathology, different kinds of dis- eases and methods of treatment.
The second section has 6 chapters dealing with embryology, anatomy, physiology, physiognomy, physical and psychological constitutions, auspicious and in- auspicious dreams and omens, signs of bad prognosis and of oncoming death, 3.
The third section with 16 chapters describes the causes, premonitory symptoms, charectorestic features, pathogenesis and prognosis of some important dis- eases coming within the realm of Kaya cikitsa inner medi- cine. The fourth section has 22 chapters elaborating the methods of treatment of all major organic diseases, including efficacious medicinal recipes, diet and care of the patient.
The fifth section has 6 chapters dealing with preparation of recipes, administration of puri- ficatory therapies and management of complications; and principles of pharmacy. The sixth and the last section is de- voted to the remaining seven branches of Ayurveda.
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It has 40 chapters in total; divided as follows, viz. Salva cikitsa surgery has 10 chap- ters; Damstra toxicology has 4; jar a cikitsa rasayanarejuvination therapy, geriatrics and Vrsa vaji-karana virilification therapy, aphrodisiacs have one chapter each.
Greater portion of the text being devoted to Kaya cikitsa- inner medicine is thus conspicuous. At the beginning of the treatise, the author states “that he is going to describe only such information” as has been revealed by great sages like Atreya etc.
Boo the author of Astanghrdaya has not fur- nished either his name or any other information about him- self anywhere in the text. Hence many of the present day scholars-both Indian and European-have been consistently attempting to identify this author but so far no conclusion has been arrived at.
All the views are “the most feasable assumptions” only. The following internal and external evidences form the basis for identification. In the concluding verses of the text, the author states “by astqnga the great ocean of the eight branches of medi- cal science, a great store of nector-the Astangasangraha name of a treatise was obtained. From that store, this trea- tise Astanga hrdaya which is more useful, has arisen sepa- rately for satisfying the less studious.
By studying this, the person will be able to understand the Sangraha Astanga sangraha. The author of Astangasangraha, has furnished the following information about himself and his work in the concluding verses of that treatise.
Having learnt the science from Avalokita, my precepter and much more from my father and after studying a large number astnaga texts on this science, this treatise Astangasangraha has been written, suitably classified arranged into sections, chapters ete. Elsewhere he states that it has been prepared in such a manner as is suitable to the age” of the author. In some manuscripts of Astangahrdaya there is a colophon at the end of Nidana aud Uttara sthanas which reads as “thus ends the Nidana sthana in Astangahrdaya samhita written by srimad Vagbhata, son of Sri vaidyapati simhagupta.
Based on these points, it is now generally agreed that the author of Astanga sstanga is also Vagbhata. The next problem that has to be solved is whether both Astanga sangraha and Astanga hrdaya are authored by one and the same person Vagbhata, son of Simhagupta or whether the authors are different persons of astamga same name.
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This has been a subject of long discussion and has created two groups of scholars. This volume comprises of the Nidana sthana, Cikitsita sthana and kalpasiddhi sthana-the third, fourth and fifth sections of Astangahrdaya of Vagbhata.
As usual the text in original and its faithful English translation have been fur- nished. These three sections deal mainly with one branch of Ayurveda, viz. Since the re- maining seven branches will be dealt in the Uttara-sthana the sixth and the last section, consolidated lists of diseases, drugs, etc.
I have dedicated this volume to another preceptor of mine Pandit N. Bhattacharya, who showered his affection on me and who also enriched the literature of Ayurveda in Kannada language; hence a few words here about his life and work. Pandit Bhattacharya served as Professor at the Govt. Ayurveda College, Mysore With wide knowledge of both Sanskrit and Ayurveda, he could ably explain many moot points in the doctrines substantiating them with textual references.
He possessed special knowledge of almost all the herbs and durgs available in the forests and those used by Ayurveda physicians and so was being con- sulted as an “expert” by Ayurvedists, Botonists, officials of the forest department and many others. Astangs was mainly respon- sible for the establishment of hrrayam herb garden attached to the Ayurveda College. Apart from Dravyaguna vijnana he taught many subjects of Ayurveda and his lecture notes became text- books.
Thus were published the Agada tantra, Sutrasthana of AstangarhrdayaPrasuti hrfayam and Kaumara- bhrtyathe remaining sthanas of Astarigahrdaya and the first part of Susruta samhita Inspite of advancing age he was able to complete the translation of the second part of Susruta sarnhita and the whole of Caraka samhita. But he did not live to see these in print and all these have been published later.
Students of Ayurveda in Karnataka owe a great debt of gratitude to this ideal teacher. I convey my sincere thanks to my friend Prof. Jyotirmitra for containuing his help at the press. I also thank my daughter Smt. Chowkhamba Krishnadas Academy, Varanasi, the reknowned Indological publishers for bringing out this volume without any delay.
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Introduction Astangahrdaya-quintessence of the eight branches of Ayurveda hrdaayam one of the hedayam treatises on ancient Indian medicine.
The sthanas sections and astanva important con- tents are: Vol-II Foreword This volume comprises of the Nidana sthana, Cikitsita sthana and kalpasiddhi sthana-the third, fourth and fifth sections of Astangahrdaya of Vagbhata. Chapters of the text: Sutrasthana section on general principles 1. Ayuskamiya astsnga desire for long life 3 2. Dinacarya adhyaya daily regimen 22 3.
Rtucarya adhyaya seasonal regimen 33 4. Roganutpadaniya adhyaya prevention of diseases 45 5. Dravadravya vijnaniya adhyaya knowledge of liquid materials 53 6. Annasvarupa vijnaniya adhyaya nature of food materials 74 7. Annaraksadhyaya protection of foods 8.