Overview for Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine (In 6 Volumes)
Health has been a continuing concern of man and the world is now recognizing the holistic principles of traditional medical systems. Ayurveda encompasses the entire corpus of Indian medical wisdom. Ayurveda is the science and art of good living. It is as much a worldview as a practical discipline. The Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine presents details from core texts in Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil, culled from forgotten and little known manuscripts and journals. It thus includes traditional details, the spirit and outlook of original texts other authors would miss. The six volumes thus present a comprehensive and factual knowledge of Indian medicine for the modern mind. Volume One: Historical Perspective: The volume traces the development of medical thought in India down the ages. It provides information on all the medical authors and their works available in print or in ancient manuscripts. Content analysis of the more important works is based on firsthand study of the original texts. To facilitate comparative study, allied systems like Arabian, Chinese, Tibetan and Yunani have also been noticed. Volume Two: Basic Concepts: The well being of the individual is treated holistically, involving the mind, body and spirit. The book explains the basic concepts of Ayurveda, because here the theories determine practice. The well-defined philosophical framework is what gives Indian medicine consistency and integrity. Philosophical formulations gleaned from definitive texts are included. Volume Three: Clinical Examination and Diagnostic Methods: This volume contains a detailed account of the several methods of diagnosis, the related conceptual framework and the rationale behind prescriptions. There is a special section on surgical instruments and operations. Volume Four: Materia Medica (Herbal Medicines) : This exhaustive volume deals with herbs and plants used in Indian medicine. Entries made in alphabetical order specify botanical names and habitat. The medicinal action and therapeutic hints have been included along with some illustrations. Volume Five: Materia Medica (Minerals and Metallic Drugs): A by-product of research done by brilliant alchemists, Indian drugs derive from a rich tradition inorganic chemistry. The book records the different processes, equipment and therapeutic action of traditional drugs. Volume Six: Diseases and Their Cures: The last volume deals with alphabetical entries of different diseases according to Ayurveda while including their western classification, pathogenesis and symptoms. Different treatments prescribed according to leading authorities are recorded. Causative factors, constituentsâ€™ affected and classical prescriptions make the information comprehensive.
S K Ramachandra Rao (Author)
Vidyalankars, Sastra-Chudamini, Sangita-Kalaratna, Professor Saligrama Krishna Ramachandra Rao, is a well-known scholar who combines traditional learning with modern research. Well versed in Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhmagadhi and several modern Indian languages and aquainted with Tibetan and some European languages, he has written extensively on Vedanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Indian Culture, Art and Literature. In his professional career, however, he was a Professor of Psychology. He has headed the Department of Clinical Psychology in the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience's Bangalore and the Department of Indian Culture in the Collision College Study Center of the University of the Pacific (U.S.A.) He was the senior associate of National Institute of Advanced Studies (Indian Institute of Science), Bangalore, and Guest Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and member of the Governing Council of TTD (SVCL Research Center), Tirupati. He has been member of Karnataka State Lalitha Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy; he has served on the Agama Board (Govt. of Karnataka). He is President of Silpa-Kala Pratisthana. The Govt. of Karnataka has honored him with the 1986 Rajyotsava Award. He has received awards from Lalita-Kala Academy and Sangita Nritya Academy. Among his numerous English Publications are three Vols. Of Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine, Tantrik Tradition of Tibet, Consciousness in Advaita, and a series of Six Books on Indian Temples Origins of Indian thought; Kalpatharu Research Academy has published his Agama Kosha in Twelve Vols. Art & Architecture of Indian Temples in Three Vols. He is presently engaged in a project on Rgveda-Darsana (Eight Volumes of which have appeared). He is also Musicologist, a Sculptor and Painter, and has held some one man shows.
S.R. Sudarshan (Author)
Dr. S.R. Sudarshan (b. - 1961) is a graduate in Ayurveda from the Government College of Indian Medicine, Bangalore. While practicing as an Ayurvedic Physician, he also obtained a diploma in homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeeopathy. He is also deeply involved in academic Ayurveda especially in its clinical aspects. He has collaborate in the preparation of the first three volumes of the Encyclopaedia of Indian Medicine and has authored the remaining three volumes of the series. He has revised and enlarged the Indian Materia Medica by K.M. Nadkarni. He has also authored three books Rasa Dhatu Kosa (Metalic and Mineral drugs in Ayurveda; Asthama and Diabetics for the Kalpatharu Research Academy, Bangalore. He is the co-author of the two volumes on Oshadi Kosha and Ahara tattva. He has also written a book on Homeopathic Treatment of Fevers.