Sahasrayogam is one of the most important classics in Ayurveda compiled by Kerala tradition of Ayurvedic Practioners. This classic is a compendium of one thousands plus Ayurvedic medicines involving almost all the pharmaceutical procedures. It is incorporated with very simple formulation of single ingredient to highly complex formulations with multiple ingredients, commonly used preparations, tested, trusted and experienced by kerala tradition of Ayurvedic physicians physicians which are highly effective even present times also.
Most of the Ayurvedic physicians in southern part of India are studying this book thoroughly and get the knowledge in order to achieve the better results in day to day practice. Even general public southern states of India also keep this book for ready reference to treat their ailments. As most of the reputed south Indian Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical companies are followed this text to manufacturing the drugs based on this text.
A good number of formulation of this book find place in Ayurvedic formulary of India and also this book is appeared in the list of fifty six authentic books of Ayurveda for all practical purposes. Presently it gains the popularity not only in southern states of India but also whole country and even in abroad.
The editor and English translator presented this book in twenty three chapters in very systematically and methodically in addition to ten appendixes for better understanding of the subject matter in depth. Maximum cross references, clarity of the text with multiple side headings, modern measurements (metric system), schematic presentation of the formulations and commentary apart from dual index (formulary index as well as page index are few salient features of this book.
This compendium is definitely beneficial for the Ayurvedic practitioner, drug industries, student fraternity, teaching faculty and also research scholars as it contain all kinds of formulations to treat various types of diseases.
About the Author
Dr. G. Prabhakara Rao born on 1st july 1964 to the parents Vaidya Sri Gonugunta Ramanaiah & Sitharamulamma at Botlagudur Village Pamur Mandal, prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India. He did his BAMS from Dr. N.R.S. Govt. Ayurvedic College, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and Both M.D. (Ayu) Ph. D. (Ayu) with specialization in Rasa Shastra from IMS, BHU.
He is presently working as Chief Medical Officer (NFSG)at Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) (Under Ministry of Labor and Employment GOI), New Delhi. He was the best scholar throughout his academics. His direct and indirect mentor ship helped many students whose-ever preparing for ayurvedic post graduate/competitive examinations through his books.
He received many awards namely few, Dhanwantari award, Pt. Ramnarayana Sharma memorial award, pranacharya award, Gold medal, Acharya Nagarjuna Silver Medal and FISM (Fellow of Indian System of Medicine) etc.
He authored 18 books and many scientific articles on Ayurveda in various national and international journals and delivered many lectures at various platforms. He has many contributions to the field of Ayurveda through his writings. Delivered talks on Ayurveda in All India radio, Television channels and articles on Ayurveda are published in News papers.
He is the contributing expert for many of the workshops organized by Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth, New Delhi. His clinical expertise helped many ailing patients. In to, his multidimensional outlook helped different stakeholders of Ayurveda through his lectures writings, expertise suggestions, visionary goals etc.
The Ayurvedic drug formulary of one thousand formulations i.e. "SAHASRA YOGAM" is one of the best compendia of Kerala tradition of Ayurvedic Practice. Although literally Sahasrayogam means one thousand formulations but it is observed that the number formulations found in different previous edited texts contain seven hundred to one thousand two hundred plus. It seems to be added later on more formulations time to time to original text based on their importance and clinical experience.
Most of the Ayurvedic physicians in southern part of India are studying this book thoroughly and get the knowledge in order to achieve the better results in day to day practice. Even general public of southern states of India also keep this book for ready reference to treat their ailments. As most of the reputed south Indian Ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies are followed this text to manufacturing the drugs based on this text.
A good number of formulations of this book find place in Ayurvedic formulary of India and also this book is appeared in the list of fifty six authentic books of Ayurveda for all practical purposes. Presently it gains the popularity not only in southern states of India but also whole country and even in abroad.
The formulary included in this text consist of various Ayurvedic pharmaceutical preparations viz. kasaya, gutika, avaleha, curna, ghrita, taila and asavaristas.
The present text is prepared on the basis of Sahasrayogam texts available in the market viz. telugu version written by Sri Vempati Koteshwara Shastry and hindi version written by Prof. R.N. Sharma and also other hindi version published by CCRAS Govt. of India, New Delhi. The telugu version and hindi version of Sahasrayogam contain only seven hundred five formulations, whereas in Hindi version published by CCRAS contains one thousand two hundred fifty nine formulations. The nomenclature of the chapters is also different from CCRAS publication to other versions.
Sahasrayogam hindi version published by the CCRAS contains seven chapters viz. prathama prakarana kasaya yoga, dvitiya prakarana gutika yoga, trittya prakarana curna yoga, caturtha prakarana leha yoga, pancama prakarana taila yoga, sastama prakarana ghritaya and saptama prakarana Asavanstant. Sasrayogam published in telugu and other hindi version contains eleven chapters viz. 1. kasaya prakarana, 2. ghrita prakarana, 3. Taila prakarana, 4. cuma prakarana, 5. arista prakarana, 6. Asava prakarana, 7. lehya prakarana, 8. vati prakarana, 9. gutika prakarana, 10. parisista prakarana and 11. pariststa prakarana taila ghrita.
In the present work an attempt has been made by the author to present the content of Sahasrayogam in twenty three chapters (which includes all the formulations available in the different editions of the text) viz. 1. Svarasa yoga prakaranam, 2. Kalka yoga prakaranam, 3. Kasaya yoga prakaranam, 4. Yavagvadi yoga prakaranam, 5. Ksirapaka yoga prakaranam, 6. Pantya yoga prakaranarn, 7. Phanta yoga prakaranam, B. Hima yoga prakaranam, 9. Panaka yoga prakaranam, la. Curna yoga prakaranam, 11. Lavana ksara yoga prakaranam, 12. Lepa yoga prakaranam, 13. Avaleha yoga prakaranam, 14. Rasayana yoga prakaranam, 15. Guda yoga prakaranam, 16. Guggulu yoga prakaranam, 17. Gutika yoga prakaranam, 18. Taila yoga prakaranam, 19. Ghrita yoga prakaranam, 20. Asava yoga prakaranam, 21. Arista yoga prakaranam, 22. Rasayoga prakaranarn and 23. Lauha mandura yoga prakaranam with a view to highlight the technique involved in each and every pharmaceutical process and its method of preparation based on the background of Rasa shastra and Bhaisajya kalpana.
Systematic, schematic and methodical presentation of each and every formulation, maximum cross references, clarity of the text with multiple side headings, modern measurements (metric system), Prabhakara commentary with personal experiences are the highlights of this book. A good number of appendixes added to this text for better understanding of the subject matter in depth. Dual index presented at the end i.e. formulary verse index as well as page index will definately be a reader friendly text to all the scholars.
I hope this highly praised text of kerala ayurvedic tradition will definately beneficial for the Ayurvedic practitioners, drug manufacturers, student fraternity, teaching faculty and also research scholars as it contain all kinds of formulations to treat of different kinds of diseases.
I am very much thankful to the authors of different languages and versions of 'Sahasrayogam' Sri Vempati Koteshwara Shastry, Prof. R.N. Sharma and Dr. D.V. Pandita Rao who have contributed their inputs in their respective classics.
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