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

Substance (Sanskrit: dravya) refers to one of the various Padarthas (categories of all that exists) which were adapted by Caraka in his Charakasamhita.—Vaisheshika was an ancient system dating back to the time of the Buddha and drew within its fold ‘physics, metaphysics, and logical discussions skillfully dovetailed’ (Cf. Charaka Samhita verse 11.44-56).—[...] The primary classification of Padarthas into substance (dravyas), quality, activity, generality, particularity and inherence was adopted by Charaka without changes. But other adoptions from Vaisheshika were qualified.

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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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