Philosophy of Charaka-samhita

by Asokan. G | 2008 | 88,742 words

Summary: Ayurveda, represented by Charaka and Sushruta, stands first among the sciences of Indian intellectual tradition. The Charaka-samhita, ascribed to the great celebrity Charaka, has got three strata. (1) The first stratum is the original work composed by Agnivesha, the foremost of the six disciples of Punarvasu Atreya. He accomplished the work by collecting and codifying the teachings of his preceptor Punarvasu atreya. (2) The second and the most prominent stratum is the redacted (pratisamskrita) form of Agniveshatantra and this redaction is ascribed to Charaka. (3) The third and final layer is a reconstruction by Dridhabala, son of Kapilabala of the Punjab. He has incorporated the seventeen chapters of the sixth section Chikitsa-sthana as well as the last two sections Kalpa-sthana and Siddhi-sthana into the Charaka-samhita and completed it.

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