The Roots of Ayurveda

The Roots of Ayurveda

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Author: Dominik Wujastyk
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 397
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140436804


This volume brings together selections from the Sanskrit classics of the Ayurveda physicians Caraka, Susruta, Kasyapa, Vagabhata and Sarngadhara who lived between the mind-first millennium BC and the fourteenth century AD.

The constituents and systems of the physical body; the purifying nature of garlic therapy; the varieties of Soma juice and how they help rejuvenation; the danger to kings from a variety of poisons including that of the Snake maiden; rhinoplasty and other kinds of surgical operations; the circumstances leading to the loss of an embryo-these are among the aspects of esoteric and common interest which are described in detail here.

The translations which are from the oldest extant writings of the physicians rather than later commentaries, are in standard modern English. But care has been taken not to transpose English medical terms onto the Ayurvedic concepts. Dominik Wujastyk's authentic, critical and reader-friendly renderings of original Sanskrit medical texts offer us a glimpse into Ayurveda as a complete, scientific and living medical tradition.


List of figures



Caraka's Compendium

Susruta's Compendium

The Uses of Garlic (from the Bower Manuscript)

Kasyapa's Compendium

Vagbhata's Heart of Medicine

Sarngadhara's Compendium


Index of flora, fauna, and medical terms