Ashtangahridaya, Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya, Ashtanga-hridaya: 3 definitions


Ashtangahridaya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya can be transliterated into English as Astangahrdaya or Ashtangahridaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: UiO Faculty of Humanities: Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya of Vāgbhaṭa

The medical manual Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya by Vāgbhaṭa (ca. 700 CE) is beside the Caraka and Suśruta traditions, one of the three main Indian medical classics. This important text is still in use today, not only in the scholarly medical traditions of India, but also surrounding regions, such as Tibet (Wujastyk 2003). The text gives a comprehensive description of the conception of the human being, his/her illnesses and their cure.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya (अष्टाङ्गहृदय) and Aṣṭāṅgasaṃgraha are considered later treatises as compared to the early Saṃhitas. Vāgbhaṭa, the author of these two texts lived on 5th century CE. The author first wrote Aṣṭāṅgasaṃgraha, [...] The new work is known as Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya. Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya is divided into two—pūrvatantra and uttaratantra. In the pūrvatantra there are five divisions which go by the names sūtrasthāna, nidānasthāna, śarīrasthāna, cikitsāsthāna and kalpasthāna.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Aṣṭāṅgahṛdaya (अष्टाङ्गहृदय).—The medical science which deals in eight separate division the treatment of the human body. (1) Śārīra (2) Bāla (3) Graha (4) Ūrddhvāṅga (5) Śalya (6) Daṃṣṭra (7) Jara and (8) Vṛṣa. Bāla—Body which has not attained maturity; Graha-External elements which damage the health of infants; Śalya—extraneous substance lodged in the body; Vṛṣa-The seminal fluid. (Directions of treatment).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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