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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: INSA Digital Repository: Caraka’s Approach to Knowledge

Inference or “Knowledge gained through Inference” (Sanskrit: anumāna) refers to one of various means of accessing exact Knowledge, according to the Charaka Samhita (verse 11.3-6).—Perception leads to inference which was a powerful means for gaining exact knowledge (Charaka Samhita verse 11.21-22). Inference has three types; from effect, the cause could be inferred e.g. pregnancy and insemination; from cause, the effect could be known e.g. seed and fruit; and by constant association, one of a pair could be known e.g. smoke and fire. These methods were used extensively by physicians in diagnosis and treatment.

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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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