Ayurveda for You: Medicinal Preparations from Early Vedic India
By Twinty Karat
I was amazed when a business associate mentioned a very close friend was well-versed in Ayurveda and was interested in sharing some of that knowledge.
I had never heard of Ayurveda before. I’ll bet most of you here in North America haven’t heard of Ayurveda either. When I did some checking I was shocked to know such a discipline existed. Ayurveda for You helps you to learn about Ayurveda by its many tips.
When I heard about Ayurvedic benefits it didn’t take much convincing to get some great information from her. Here is where she will impart some of that hard earned knowledge to you.
A Bit of Ayurveda History
The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period in India. Over the following centuries, Ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments.
Sushruta (Around 800 BC) was an ancient Indian surgeon and is the author of the book Sushruta Samhita, in which he describes over 300 surgical procedures and 120 surgical instruments and classifies human surgery in 8 categories.
He lived, taught and practiced his art on the banks of the Ganges in the area that corresponds to the present day city of Benares in North India.
Because of his seminal and numerous contributions to the science and art of surgery he is also known by the title “Father of Surgery.” Much of what is known about this inventive surgeon is contained in a series of volumes he authored, which are collectively known as the Sushruta Samhita.
The main way knowledge was transmitted during ancient times was by word of mouth. In India, the language used was Sanskrit — the Vedic language of that period. The most authentic compilation of Sushruta’s teachings and work is available in that treatise called Sushruta Samhita.
It contains 184 chapters and descriptions of 1,120 illnesses, 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources and 57 preparations based on animal sources.
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