Overview for Dravyaguna Sutramala
Dravya Gunas (properties of herbs) are compiled as Sutras (phrases) in this work. Hence, named Dravyaguna Sutramala. Through this work the art of learning the properties of herbal drugs is being reintroduced into Ayurvedic curriculum. The complicated and elaborate Sanskrit verses (Sloka) on herbs are reorganized in to simple and precise single line phrases (Sutra). The book is first of its kind in learning Dravyaguna through simple Sanskrit phrases. This book will be useful for the students as well as the teachers in remembering the important properties and actions of Ayurvedic herbs. The herbs are mentioned along with the Sanskrit, English and Latin names. About 500 important herbs are covered in this work with single Sanskrit phrases. While compiling majority of the Sutras from different earlier works, the author him self contributed to large number of Sutras (approx. 189). Like author's earlier work Dravyaguna Sutramala, this work also stands as a reference book in modern era of Ayurveda.
J.L.N. Sastry (Author)
Dr. J.L.N. Sastry hails from a traditional Ayurvedia family. He is born at Narasapuram (W.G. Dist., Andhra Pradesh) on 06-07-1965). He had School studies at Kakinada (E.G. Dist., A.P.) and passed B.A.M.S. in 1989 from Dr. N.R.S. Govt. Ayu. College, Vijayawada (A.P.) IN FIRST CLASS. He completed M.D. (Ay.) in Dravya Guna Speciality from Dr. B.R.K.R. Govt. Ayur. College, Hyderabad in 1998 October. He stood first in A.P.P.S.C. selection (January 1990) and worked as Med. Officer (Ayu.) for Govt. of A.P. in the Indianj Medicine & Homoeopathy Dept., (1992-99). Between 1998-99 he acted as Research Projects Coordinator at the Govt. Research Dept. of Ayurveda, Hyderabad. He stood first at the UPSC (1998) and joined as Medical Officer (Ay.) inj CGHS, Chennai in June 1999. The author is the recipient of two gold medals from Nagarjuna Univ. (A.P.) for the merit shown during B.A.M.S. (1988). The author presented several clinical and scientific papers at Regional, National and International seminars. He had more than 15 publications in standard journals and also published several articles in newspapers. Author also had given Radio-talks and given guest lectures at various prestigious institutes (both Ayurvedic & Modern Medicine). He published a book 40 Years of research in Ayurveda in A.P. (on behalf of grda, Hyderabad).