Atharvaveda and Charaka Samhita

by Laxmi Maji | 2021 | 143,541 words

This page relates ‘Ksharapani (Ayurveda scholar)’ found in the study on diseases and remedies found in the Atharvaveda and Charaka-samhita. These texts deal with Ayurveda—the ancient Indian Science of life—which lays down the principles for keeping a sound health involving the use of herbs, roots and leaves. The Atharvaveda refers to one of the four Vedas (ancient Sanskrit texts encompassing all kinds of knowledge and science) containing many details on Ayurveda, which is here taken up for study.

Kṣārapāṇi (Āyurveda scholar)

Kṣārapāṇi was one of the six disciples of Punarvasu Ātreya. He composed a treatise known as Kṣārapāṇi Saṃhitā but the original book is not available. Vijay Rakṣita in his Madhukoṣa-vyākhyā quoted the prognosis of Śotha taken from Kṣārapāṇi Saṃhitā. Suśruta quoted the. Features of Balāsa Jvara taken from Kṣārapāṇi Saṃhitā. Vāgbhaṭṭa quoted the name of Kṣārapāṇi while describing Rakta-gulma. Śivadās Sen quoted pippalyādi-leha for the treatment of Pittaja and Kṣayaja kāsa taken from Kṣārapāṇi Saṃhitā. Many other Ācāryas also quoted the name of Kṣārapāṇi Saṃhitā in their texts[1].

Footnotes and references:


Sri Baladev Upadhyaya & Srinivasa Rath (eds.) Sanskrit-Vāṅmaya Kā Bṛhad Itihāsa, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Sanskrit Sansthan, 2006, p. 71.

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