A Hand Book of History of Ayurveda

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Item Code: IDJ085
Author: K. Nishteswar And Dr.R. Vidyanath
Publisher: Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office
Language: English
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9788170801427
Pages: 386 (Black & White Illustrations and Photos: 35)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.9" X 5.5"
Weight 690 gm
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The origin of Ayurveda was attributed to Brahma, the creator of the universe by the authors of classical Samhitas. Prof. Dwarakanath commenting on the origin and development of medicine in ancient India quotes "Agnivesa Samhita refers to a period, in the history of India, when people lead a pastoral life and lived a natural life free from disease. As civic life and urban culture developed, the society is seen to have been subjected to many changes and numerous diseases, not known in the earlier ages. The earlier Vedic medicine was not equal to the challenge. The wise men of the time (the Rishis) are stated to have imported into the Indo-Gangetic plains a rational and sym- metrical medicine- the Ayurveda- from a more advanced culture. Subsequent develop- ment of medicine in the Indo-Gangetic plains kept pace with the increasing urbaniza- tion and this lasted till the Sunga - Kushan period. A time bracket for the origin and development of medicine includes the 5th millennium Be (before cultural phase of Harappa civilization ranging from 2300 Be to 1750 BC) to 4th period of Hastinapura (from 2nd century BC to 3rd century AD). The period from 3rd century AD can be named as post Ayurvedic period, after which no further or significant advances are seen to have taken place in the field of Indian medicine, on the other hand the arrest of progress and gradual decline of Indian medicine marked this period. From the point of view of-liter- ary evidence and astronomical grounds, a date of 3000 Be approximately would repre- sent the lower limit and the 3rd century AD the upper limit of the time bracket for the evolution of the rational medicine in ancient India. The period anterior to the lower limit, extending possibly beyond the 5th millennium BC may be considered to represent the period of Adikala or Pre-Ayurvedic culture."

Most of the historians have attempted to document history of Ayurveda on the basis of various periods namely Vedic period, Samhita period, Nighantu period, Moghul period, British period and Modern period.

Acharya P.Y. Sharma described the development of Ayurveda under 3 major components viz.
1. Prachina Kala -Ancient period (up to 7 th AD i.e. post Gupta period)
2. Madhyama Kala - Medieval period (8th to 15th century AD)
3. Adhunika Kala - Modern period (16th century onwards) Atridev Vidyalankar described history of Ayurveda as under.
1. Vaidika Kala - Pre-historic period (2500 BC)
2. Ramayana & Mahabharata Kala (500 BC)




1 Vedic Period 1
2 Ayurveda in Indian-scriptures 37
3 Evolution of Ayurveda 77
4 Samhita Period 91
5 The authors of Sam hit as. 101
6 Redactors 115
7 Sangraha Kala 121
8 Brief introduction about the Acharyas of Sangraha Grandhas:  
9 Rasasastra 157
10 Vrikshayurveda - Pasu Ayurveda 169
11 The contemporary authors in the modern period 179
12 Spread of Ayurveda 221
13 Hippocrates 241
14 The Edicts of King Ashoka 257
15 Nighantus 263
16 Development of Ayurveda during post independent period 273
17 Publication of Ayurvedic Magazines & Journals and its development 335
18 World Health Organization 343
19 Important Essay and Short Questions & M.C.Q.'s 349
20 Annexure  
  Annexure - I List of Commentaries and Commentators on Brihat Trayee, Laghu Trayee & Nighantus alongwith their period 373
  Annexure -II Ancient treatises on various branches of Ayurveda 377
  Annexure -III Table showing the divisions & number of chapters of Important Samhitas 379
  Annexure -IV Standard Reference Works of Ayurveda 380
  Annexure- V Alternative medical systems 382
  Annexure -VI Milestones in Medicine 392
  Annexure - VII Research & Conservation of Medicinal Plants 398
  Annexure -VIII Widening jaws of Modern Medicine 410
  Annexure -IX Details of Prestigious Ayurvedic Institutions of India 413
  Annexure -X The Popular Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Companies of India 417
  Annexure - XI State wise details of the Institutes/Units under Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha 423
  Annexure - XII Details of Hospitals with Specialized Treatment Available Under Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha as On 1-4-2001 426
  Annexure - XIII List of Ayurvedic Colleges, U.G. & P.G. 430
  Index 475

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