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Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana: Study of the Essential Medicinal Plants in Ayurveda (Volume II)

J.L.N. Sastry (Author) Jaikrishnadas Ayurveda Series
Synopsis This book extensively covers the classical indications, properties and therapeutic utility of each herb.  Whenever there is some controversy, clear view of th author along with scientific as well as classical explanations/evidences is provided.  On the other hand, the morphological, pharmacognostical, phytochemical, pharmacological and clinical studies are discussed in detail in the context of each herb.  Another important aspect of this work is the detailed discussion over the version of different commentators on each herb.  With the help of these descriptions clear conclusions are drawn to remove the controversial aspects.  For example, Nagakesara and Padmakesara which often confuse the raw materials in the market.  With the help of available literature it is clarified that the former is Calophyllum inophyllum while the later is Ochrocarpus longifolius.  Similarly, Indrayava is commonly considered as the seed of Kutaja.  But the commentaries show that the fruits of Indra vrksa are called as 'Indrayava' and the seeds are considered as 'Bhadrayava'.  Thence Wrightia tomentosa may be the original Kutaja.  Several such controversial aspects may be disposed off by thorough understanding of classical literature and the present practice.  This text extensively covered the 120 herbs in the BAMS syllabus while providing introduction on 250 herbs.  Therefore, the text is mainly student friendly.  For the first time all the Nighantu references are provided at one place for the 120 drugs in Sanskrit.
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About the author

J.L.N. Sastry

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).

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Title Illustrated Dravyaguna Vijnana: Study of the Essential Medicinal Plants in Ayurveda (Volume II)
Author J.L.N. Sastry
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 3rd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176370936
length xx+1134p., Figures; Tables; References; Index; 23cm.