Astanga Hrdaya is divided into six sections-sthanas.
1. Sutrasthanaa dealing with theoretical principles.
2. Sarirasthana anatomy.
3. Nidana diagnosis.
4. Cikitsa treatment of general diseases.
5. Kalpasiddhi preparation of recipes, purificatory procedures etc.
6. Uttarasthana remaining seven branches. Thus all the Subjects of Ayurveda are dealt with in 120 chapters in a lucid manner without complicated arguments and discussions.
He worked for a long time in Indian Institute of History of Medicine, Hyderabad in different capacities and as director for more than two decades.
During his tenure in IIHM he contributed immensely for the development of the research activities and also of Museum and others pertaining to the history of Medicine in India in general and history of Ayurveda in particular. He collected information relating to health and medicine from non-medical sources like kavyas, purana, inscriptions, archaeological sources and traveller’s accounts etc. He also of served as the in charge of Dr. A. Lakshmipati Research Centre for Ayurveda and Literary Research Unit in Chennai and retired as the Director of Indian later worked as the principal of Dharma Ayurvedic College, Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu.
Another important contribution of Dr, Rao is the collection of information and study of palm leaf and paper manuscripts particularly of Ayurveda in Sanskrit and Telugu. He brought to light several unknown valuable works on Ayurveda and allied subjects.
He is associated with many institutions like National Commission for History Science Academy and Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences.
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