Astanga Hrdaya is a land mark in the history of Ayurvedic Medicine.
When there was a real need to record the previous work of Ayurveda in a comprehensive manner. Acarya Vagbhata could compile this great treatise,
which occupied a place in the greater triad along with the sages Caraka and Susruta. Vagbhata is a bridge between the traditions of the ancient seers and
mere Ayurvedic physicians of the middle ages. Astanga Hrdaya is the cream
of the vast ocean like literature of Ayurveda. It is taken to heart by the
students and teacher alike. It contains the gist of the teachings of ancient
sages belonging to all schools of Ayurveda., in minimum words. Just by
studying Astanga Hrdaya alone, one may be acquainted with the concepts and practices of all the schools without hunting through the dense growth of literature.
He awakened scientifiuc spirit, critical faculty and confidence to this great treatise and is the most popular work of Ayurveda since its first publication.
The present work on this great expertise is a speciality work. It is a
detailing work along with notes, appendices and indices. It is not a mere
translation but in the form of note, explanation of the principles in common
man's languages is accomplished. At times, the gist of the verse is given and
more information is added where there is a need.
Commentaries of Hemadri and Arundatta are followed strictly. Though, this translation
is faithful to the text, wherever the text is not clear, taking help from the commentary,
some freedom is taken, to present the underlying context. In many instances, a coordinating
solution is worked out. This is an informative and fundamental work useful
for teachers, students and researchers. Difficult
words and poetic language are intentionally avoided to make the work legible.
This commentary will be widely welcomed by the students and
practioners alike. A legible translation of the original text helps persons to understand the charm of Ayurveda in the years prior to foreign invasions.
Dr. Bulusu Sitaram is from a
traditional Vedic Family from Inavalli,
situated in the Godavari Delta, known as
Konaseema in Andhra Pradesh. He is born
at Kakinada in East Godavari District on
His school education was at Kothapeta
and completed his B.A.M.S. from
Nagarjuna University in 1982 with a first
class and first rank in the university. He
completed M.D. (Ayurveda) from Banaras
Hindu University, Varanasi in the year
1985 under the pioneer guidance of Prof.
Krishnachandra Chunekar a living legend
in the field of Dravyaguna and Prof. Rama
Harsha Singh, the first Vice Chancellor of
Rajasthan Ayurveda University. He
completed his post graduation in
Psychology from SV. University in 1999.
He served as a Medical Officer for an
year ina traditional Ayurvedic Hospital in
Chennai. He joined as a lecturer in Sri
Venkateswara Ayurvedic College,
Tirupati in the year 1987, He is teaching
the Samhitas and Dravyaguna for the last
20 years and gained vast experience. He iS
now serving as an assistant professor in the
same institution and is also engaged in
research work of Andhra Medical Flora
and study of unpublished manuscripts. He
received two gold medals from Nagarjuna
University for his meritorious career.
The author had opportunity to
participate in many workshops and
seminars at regional, national and
international levels and presented several
He published more than 10 papers in
different journals. He authored a work on
cultivation of medicinal plants. He also
authored a commentary on Bhavaprakasa
written by Bhavamisra in English, the first
of its kind. He also published many
popular articles in local news papers. His
present field of interest is plants working
on C.N.S. and study of manuscripts.
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