Grahacikitsa, Grahacikitsā, Graha-cikitsa: 1 definition


Grahacikitsa 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Grahachikitsa.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Google Books: Cultural Leaders of India - Scientists (Ayurveda)

Grahacikitsā (ग्रहचिकित्सा) or Bhūtavidyā refers to “psychiatry” and represents one of the eight divisions (aṣṭāṅga) of Āyurveda as divided by Dhanvantari.—Accordingly, Dhanvantari became a pupil of sage Bhāradvāja who taught him Āyurveda and Bheṣakriyā. Later, Dhanvantari is stated to have divided the entire range of Āyurveda into eight divisions (the Aṣṭāṅgas), each division representing a speciality. These specialities are [viz., 3. Bhūtavidyā or Grahacikitsā (psychiatry), ...]. In his turn, he is stated to have imparted the knowledge of these specialities to his pupils.

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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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