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Astanga Samgraha Of Vagbhata (Three Volumes]

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Item Code: IDF428
Author: Prof. K. R. Srikantha Murthy
Language: Text, English Translation, Notes, Indeces etc[Three Volumes]
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788176370202 (Set)
Pages: 1951
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0" X 7.4"
Weight 3.65 kg
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This book 'Astangasamgraha' of Acarya Vagbhata is an ancient authoritative text on Ayurveda, studied since many centuries by students, since many centuries by students, scholars and practitioners of Indian medicine. Because of its archaic style of composition and terse language certain amount of difficulty is being experienced. Desire for translation of the complete text either in Hindi or English is being keenly felt. This translation in English hopes to fulfil the need.

Translation has been done in simple English by Prof. K.R. Srikantha Murthy an experienced teacher and author. Explanatory notes have been added at many places to facilitate correct understanding especially by the students. Entire text is being covered in three volumes of translation, each one having Index, Appendices etc.

This being the first English translation of the complete text is sure to be of great help to all those interested in Ayurveda.


About the Author


Prof. K. R. Srikantha Murthy (b. 1929) is an alumnus of the Govt. Ayurveda College, Mysore (1948) and Post-Graduate Center in Ayurveda, Jamnagar (1958). Served as professor and Principal at all the three Govt. Colleges of Ayurveda in Karnataka and retired in 1984. As ordained by his preceptor and mentor Prof. C. Dwarakanath, he has been pursuing literary research activities since last forty years and has many scientific monographs and books to his credit. He is the recipient of many titles prizes and awards from prestigious organizations.



This volume comprises of Sarira, Nidana, Cikitsita and Kalpa sthanas, the second, third, fourth and fifth sections of Astanga samgraha of Vagbhata.

As usual this also furnishes the text in original and its faithful translation in simple english.

I have dedicated this volume to Dr. V. Narayanaswamy, a bright luminary in the firmament of Ayurveda of the present day. A few words here about his life and accomplishments in life are needed to appreciate his calibre.

V. Narayanaswamy was born in 1903 and after his schooling, he joined the college of Indian medicine, Madras and passed out of it in 1929 obtaining H.P .I.M. He and Dr. C. Dwarkanath were classmates and students of the reputed teacher Capt. G. Srinivasa Murthy. He joined his almamater as lecturer (1930) and steadily rose to the highest office and retired as Head of the Dept. in 1958. All through this long period he devoted time for study, writing and research, produced many scientific monographs on various aspects of Ayurveda. He studied Siddha system of medicine also and wrote books on it. All these reflect his indepth study and clear elucidation of the subjects.

Realising the dire need of a good pharmacy to prepare genuine Ayurveda and Siddha medicines and make them available to the practtioners, he gathered a few of his like- minded friends and founded the Indian medical practioners co-operative pharmacy at Adyar, Madras in 1960 and served as the first President of its Board of Directors for nearly fifteen years (1960-75). He laid the firm foundation for its stability and development. Today, it is one of the major pharmacies being run on co-operative basis, manufacturing genuine medicines of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani sy.stems, earning profit year after year. It stands as a monument to the foresight of Dr. V. Narayanaswamy.

He started a Research wing also in that pharmacy and the results achieved there prompted Govt. ofIndia to release financial grants to make it a full fledged independent organisation. Thus was born the Capt. O. Srinivasa Murthy Research Institute of Indian Medicine and its first director was none other than Dr. Narayanaswamy.

Considering his deep scholarship, zeal and enthusiasm to serve the cause of Ayurveda, many governments and universities appointed him as an expert member on Advisory committees. Govt. of India appointed him as member of the newly established Central council of Indian medicine. He was a member of almost all Advisory Boards set by central government. In the deleberations of all the Boards, his was the voice which fought valiantly for a rightful place for Ayurveda, improvements of the status of Indian systems of medicine in governmental set up, programmes for research activities etc. He is greatly responsible for implementation of many improvement schemes in the field of Indian medicine.

Considering the great qualities of his head and heart, President of India, granted him the award of "Padmasri" in 1974.

Now in his nineties, age has not dampened his intellect and enthusiasm, he continues as a source of guidance and inspiration for all.

Dedication of this volume is just a token of my respects to this great Ayurvedist. I pray Lord Dhanvantari to shower all his kindness on Dr. Narayanaswamy.

Ere concluding, I thank my daughter, Smt. K. S. Revathi. B.A. for her immaculate typing of the manuscripts. My sincere thanks are also due to, the proprietor and staff of Mis. Chowkhambha Orientalia, Varanasi for publishing these volumes.



II. Chapters of the text  
  Section-I. Sutrasthana  
1. Desire for long life 1
2. Initiation of pupil 23
3. Daily regimen 31
4. Seasonal regimen 57
5. Prevention of diseases 71
6. Knowledge of liquid materials 81
7. Knowledge of diet articles 115
8. Protection of foods 165
9. Knowledge of incompatible foods 197
10. Regimen of diet 226
11. Proper quantity of food 242
12. Two kinds of therapies 258
13. Collection of best drug etc 279
14. Collection of purificatory drugs 293
15. Groups of efficient drugs 300
16. Different groups of drugs 310
17. Knowledge of substances etc 319
18. Classification of testes 335
19. Knowledge of dosas etc 349
20. Classification of dosas 367
21. Treatment of the dosas 381
22. Classification of diseases 394
23. Pre-requisites of treatment 408
24. Two kinds of therapies 421
25. Oleation therapy 432
26. Sudation therapy 448
27. Emesis and purgation therapies 460
28. Enema therapies 485
29. Nasal medication 511
30. Inhalation of smoke 525
31. Mouth gargles etc 532
32. Eye drops, collyrium therapy 540
33. Satiating the eye etc 548
34. Use of blunt and sharp instruments 553
35. Use of leeches 571
36. Venesection 577
37. Removal of foreign bodies 590
38. Surgical treatment 601
39. Preparation of caustic alkali 617
40. Thermal cautery therapy 626
i. Foreword  
ii. Chapters of the text  
  section-ii - Sarira sthana  
1. Desire for begetting a son 2
2. Formation of the foetus 17
3. Care of the pregnant women 33
4. Disorders of pregnancy 44
5. Human body and its parts 58
6. Classification of veins 76
7. Classification of vital spots 90
8. Kinds of human constitution 98
9. Knowledge of fatal signs 111
10. Knowledge of fatal signs 117
11. Fatal signs in disease 121
12. Knowledge of messenger etc 129
  Section-iii -Nidana sthana  
1. Diagnosis of diseases in general 139
2. Diagnosis of fevers 148
3. Diagnosis of bleeding diseases and cough 162
4. Diagnosis of dyspnoea and hiccup 168
5. Diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis etc 173
6. Diagnosis of alcoholism 181
7. Diagnosis of haemorrhoids/ piles 187
8. Diagnosis of diarrhoea and duodenal disease 194
9. Diagnosis of obstruction to micturition 198
10. Diagnosis of diabetes 204
11. Diagnosis of abscess, scrotal enlargement and abdominal tumor 211
12. Diagnosis of enlargement of the abdomen 220
13. Diagnosis of anaemia, dropsy and herpes 226
14. Diagnosis of leprosy, leucoderma and worms 235
15. Diagnosis of nervous disorders 242
16. Diagnosis of gout 249
  Section iv. Ciditsita sthana  
1. Treatment of fevers 258
2. Treatment of chronic fevers 272
3. Treatment of bleeding disease 290
4. Treatment of cough 300
5. Treatment of cough due to injury to lungs and tuberculosis 311
6. Treatment of dyspnoea and hiccup 326
7. Treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis 335
8. Treatment of vomiting, heart diseases and thirst 350
9. Treatment of alcoholic intoxication 362
10. Treatment of haemorrhoids / piles 378
11. Treatment of diarrhoea 398
12. Treatment of duodenal disorder 409
13. Treatment of retention of urine 419
14. Treatment of diabetes 429
15. Treatment of abscess and scrotal enlargement 438
16. Treatment of tumors of the abdomen 445
17. Treatment of enlargement of the abdomen 459
18. Treatment of anaemia 472
19. Treatment of dropsy 481
20. Treatment of herpes 487
21. Treatment of leprosy 491
22. Treatment of leucoderma and disease of worms 512
23. Treatment of nervous diseases 520
24. Treatment of gout 538
  Section v. Kalpa sthana  
1. Preparation of emetic recipes 548
2. Preparation f purgative recipes 556
3. Management of complications of emesis and purgative therapies 568
4. Preparation of enema recipes 579
5. Preparation of enemas of proven efficacy 587
6. Management of complications of enema therapy 596
7. Management of complications of oilenema therapy etc 607
8. Pharmaceutics 615
I. Preface 3
II. Chapters of the text.  
  Section. 6. Uttarasthana  
1. Care of the new born baby 1
2. Treatment of diseases of children 16
3. Knowledge of evil spirits seizing children 37
4. Treatment of child seized by evil spirits 43
5. Procedure of purificatory bath 50
6. Treatment of different evil spirits 58
7. Knowledge of demons/evil spirits 71
8. Treatment of persons seized by demons 80
9. Treatment of insanity 87
10. Treatment of epilepsy 96
11. Knowledge of diseases of eyelids 103
12. Treatment of diseases of eyelids 108
13. Knowledge of diseases of fornices, sclera and cornea 115
14. Treatment of diseases of fornices, sclera and cornea 121
15. Knowledge of diseases of the pupil 132
16. Treatment of partial blindness 137
17. Treatment of total blindness 149
18. Knowledge of diseases of the whole eye 157
19. Treatment of ophthalmia 160
20. Treatment of ulcerations and chronic diseases of the eye 174
21. Knowledge of diseases of the ears 181
22 Treatment of diseases of the ears 186
23. Knowledge of diseases of the nose 201
24. Treatment of diseases of the nose 205
25. Knowledge of diseases of the mouth 213
26. Treatment of diseases of the mouth 224
27. Diseases of the head 239
28. Treatment of diseases of the head 243
29. Knowledge of different kinds of wounds 256
30. Treatment of wounds 263
31. Treatment of traumatic wounds 276
32. Treatment of fractures 285
33. Treatment of rectal fistula 294
34. Knowledge of benign and malignant tumors, filariasis, scrofula and sinus ulcer 301
35. Treatment of tumors etc 305
36. Knowledge of minor diseases 315
37. Treatment of minor diseases 321
38. Knowledge of diseases of genital organs 327
39. Treatment of diseases of genital organs 335
40. Treatment of poisons 350
41. Knowledge of snake bite poisoning 375
42. Treatment of snake bite poisoning 390
43. Treatment of insect bite poisoning 404
44. Treatment of spider bite poisoning 415
45. Treatment of different kinds of spiders 425
46. Treatment of rat bite and dog bite poisoning 432
47. Treatment of complications of poisoning 441
48. Administration of poisons in various diseases 451
49. Procedure of rejuvinatory therapy 460
50. Procedure of virilification therapy 521
III. Appendices:  
  Appendix No.--  
1. Persons and treatises mentioned as authorities. 547
2. Excerpts from Madhya Vagbhata (samhita) 547
3. Information about important religions 551
4. Geographical information 552
5. Anatomical and physiological information 553
6. Different kinds of therapies 555
7. Instruments and appliances 559
8. Articles of diet 562
9. Drugs-plants and plant products  
  1) Basonyms 577
  2) synonyms 581
  3) animal origin 609
  4) poisonous animals 619
  5) minerals, metals, salts, gems etc 620
10. List of diseases 623
11. Medicinal formulae 637
12. Weights and measures 640
Select Bibliography-   642
INDEX   644


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