Overview for Ayurvedic Medicine: The Living Tradition
For procuring medicines various resources were tapped by ancient scholars of Ayurveda. The medicines were systematically classified into three beais groups of plant, animal and mineral origin during the period of Charaka. Ayurvedic system of medicine could flourish because it had its concomitant materia medica which had been developed to a very advanced level. Ayurvedic medicine, is a vast treasure of Ayurveda. It contains numerous forms and methods of preparing medicines. Designing of various modes and methods for preparing drugs is based upon the basic principles of Dravyagunarasa Shastra. It approaches the medicines through a science of energetics. The properties of drugs are related systematically according to the taste, elements, heating or cooling effects, effect after digestion and other special potencies of the ingredients they contain. The book 'Ayurvedic Medicine - The Living Tradition' written by dr. Prakash Paranjpe is a comprehensive treatise on the subject. There was an acute need of a conscious effort to compile most commonly used generic Ayurvedic preparations, and to integrate the Ayurvedic concepts to interprete them in the modern scientific language. This book fulfills the same. The author has done a commendable job to compile the useful information of various forms of generic Ayurvedic medicines, detailing their composition, actions of ingredients along with their indications in various diseases and ailments. This compilation of most commonly used medicines will be of use to Ayurvedic practitioners, students and researchers as well as to medical and scientific fraternities like pharmacy, botany, biochemistry, microbiology etc. and also to the common man.
Prakash Paranjpe (Author)
Dr. Prakash Paranjpe, graduated in Ayurveda B.A. M&S from University of Pune, in 1974 and then secured M.B.B.S. degree from Nagpur University in 1981. Subsequently he did his Ph.D. from Open International University of Complimentary Medicine, Colombo in 1990. He is a practising Ayurvedic Consultant for more than two decades, specialising in the treatment of acne and obesity. He is actively engaged in clinical research on various Ayurvedic drugs and herbs to combat, especially chronic diseases. He has to his credit many research articles which have been published in various Indian and Foreign scientific journals. He has visited Italy and Germany couple of times to deliver lectures on Ayurveda and medicinal herbs. He has also pursued the full course in Italian language of Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, at Deccan College, Pune. He has traveled across the length and breadth of India to photograph various medicinal plants, in different seasons. Dr. Paranjpe is founder member and director of Ayurveda Research Foundation, Pune, India. He is also director of S.K.A. Ayurveda, Milan, Italy. He is visiting professor of School of Health Sciences, University of Pune and member of the advisory board of "Holistic Healing" published by Indian Express Newspapers, Mumbai.