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Indeed, the whole question of the relationship of these two works, and their authorship, is very difficult and still far from solution. The best current research, however, argues in detail that these two works cannot be the product of a single author. It deals with kayachikitsa generally and has a large section entitled Nighantu, which gives the characteristics of many foods, plants, and minerals. While Charaka has entire chapters dealing with the Self, these works merely mention that the body is the home for the Self without any elaboration.

The Hridayam about 7, verses is written in prose and seems to have a slightly different organization of material than the former. The Sushruta Samhita presents the field of Ayurvedic surgery shalya.

This work also is said to be a redaction of oral material passed down verbally from generation to generation. History of Indian Medical Literature.

Dallana has been regarded as the most influential commentator on Sushruta’s work. Sushruta, one of the earliest surgeons, Charaka, a medical genius, and Vagbhata are considered to be “The Trinity” of Ayurvedic knowledge, with Vagbhata coming after the other two. It has numerous appendices and an extensive vaghhata. Charaka never discusses the sub-types of pitta and kapha, but does list and describe the 5 sub-types of vata. This field is self-aware; it is the Knower as well as the object of perception, and for Charaka this is part of what is to be treated by the physician.


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Seen from a greater perspective, this work seems to represent vahbhata certain value of consciousness that is different from other works.

Not much is known about him personally, except that he was most likely to have been a vedic, as he makes a reference to Lord Shiva in his writings, and his sons, grandsons, and disciples were all vedic. This work is the first to enumerate and discuss the pitta sub-doshas and the marmas. According to some scholars, Vagbhata lived in Sindh around the sixth century.

It gives more discussion about the notion that life is fundamentally a field of intelligence and pure knowledge.

The Sushruta Samhita, while dealing with the practice and theory of surgery, is an important source of Ayurvedic aphorisms.

Evidently it was not widely read hridzyam pre-modern times. Vagbhata was a disciple of Charaka. This work is dated around AD and is prized for covering a wide range of diseases in the fields of bala children and women’s disordersshalya, damstra toxicologyshalakya ear, nose and throatand kayachikitsa.


Its emphasis on treating the physiology of the body and ashtangz for therapeutic use of metals and minerals means the perspective of the treatise represents the gross, material value of life more than its counterparts Charaka and Sushruta.

The Roots of Ayurveda. His life duration was years. Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 20 Novemberat The Ah is the central work of authority for ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala. Retrieved from ” https: Sharma version lacks these features but does have extensive commentary incorporated in with the original text. However, the As has come to new prominence since the twentieth century through being made part of the curriculum for ayurvedic college education in India.

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It is a well-organized and compact re-presentation of the earlier classics. The language of Charaka is Sanskrit and its style is poetry, with meter and melody. Its subject matter is again the field of kayachikitsa.