Dr. L. Mahadevan completed his Ayurvedic
graduation BAMS from Chennai and did post graduation M.D., in Ayurvedic General
Medicine from Government Ayurveda Collage, Trivandrum, with high academic
credentials. He has travelled far and wide to spread this science. He has
visited USA, Canada, South Africa, Hongkong
and has conducted Ayurvedic seminars for medical professionals and non medical
students. He does intensive research in Vedic Neurology and Panchakarma.
He has his practice in Derisanamcope (A village in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu)
and in Chennai and he teaches clinical medicine to Ayurvedic Students. His
classes in clinical medicine are unique in nature. He has brought major aspects
of the science in audio visual presentation and published seven books on
congratulate Dr. L. Mahadevan a young and dynamic
scholar of Ayurveda for bringing out most utilitarian version of Ayurveda in
the form of AYURVEDA FOR BEGINNERS. Dr.
L. Mahadevan belongs to a traditional family of
Ayurveda with good academic background. In spite of his busy practice, it is
heartening to note that he is sparing time in writing books as well.
the necessity of propagating Ayurveda among public this book is written by the
author in a very apt, lucid and simple language.
Ayurveda the knowledge of life sciences deals
with positive way or correct way of
living. Unfortunately, it is projected as a system of medicine at
present and utilized for the commercial benefits. It is important to realize
that Ayurveda is 'Health Oriented' but
not 'Disease Oriented' like
Modern Medicine. Fortunately, the single herbs and compound formulations of
Ayurveda have multiple indications. Therefore a single herb or formulation
shall be used for combination of clinical conditions against combination of
formulations for a single disease entity in Modern Medicine.
The alpha and
beta-blockers are used for different conditions in modern medicine, but nature
provided both the activities in one drug e.g. Puskaramilla (Inula racemosa) is indicated in Bronchial Asthma (Svasa) as
well as Angina Pectoris (Hrcchula). Similarly, Seteveti, which is used for correction of estrogen
imbalances and promotion of
lactation exhibits duel action according to the concept of Reseyene (RASASYA AYANAM RASAYANAM). Both
Artava and Stanya are Upadhatus of Rasa there fore; Resayana property of Satavari can rectify both the problems. On
the contrary, in modern medicine, estrogen will be
given for suppression of lactation. These examples will open the discussion for
different approach is understanding the
pharmacological properties and therapeutic utility of natural products.
This book is
divided into three parts. Part-I deals with History of Ayurveda,
Basic Principles, Tridosas, Prakrti, Svasthavrttam, Rtucarya, Ahara Vijnanam, Dhatu Vijnanam, Dravyaguna, Nidana, Vyadhi, Santarpana & Apatrpanajanya vyadhis, Cikitsa vidhi, Dosa cikitsa
with Panca karma exclusively. Along with the
classical Parka karmas, Manasa rogas are also mentioned. Certain procedures like Dhuma pana, Kavalam are also discussed briefly.
with Bhaisajya kalpana, Prastuti-Stri roga and Vatavyadhi cikitsa.
At the outset,
the book deals with all the important issues related to Ayurveda, which
enlightens the amateur beginners. At the same time, one has to realize that
this book is to be referred by all the Ayurvedic scholars as well.
The author has
made sincere efforts to explain the concepts of Ayurveda in clear terms and I
wish that the author will come with more books especially on Parka Karma, the
specialty in which he is an expert. I once again congratulate the author for
What you have
in your hand is a collection of material, presented by me in various seminars
in USA, South Africa and Canada, This book is a collection of principles
covering History of Ayurveda, Pancakarma and Rasayana. An attempt is made to render the principles in
lucid language to enable the reader to grasp the essentials properly, This
document will be primarily useful to the students of Ayurveda, young
practitioners and laymen who are desirous of understanding the native system
especially Pancakarrna. The speciality subjects like
Toxicology, Surgery, E.N.T and Ophthalmology are not dealt in this book as it
is meant for the beginners only. These subjects will be dealt in the next part ofthis book which is meant for the intermediate level.
I am extremely
thankful to Sri. Dr. J.L.N. Sastry for writing the foreword.
I am thankful to my students for making this possible and Mr. R.A. Saju for making this manuscript in the present form.
I pray to God
that this book will enlighten the students and public in principle and practice
of the Science of Life, May Lord Dhanwantari shower
us with health and prosperity.
Introduction to Ayurveda
History of Ayurveda
in relation to day, age and digestion
Analysis of Tridosas
Tools of Diagnosis
Obesity and Weight loss as Santarpanaja and Apatarpanaja rogas
Treatment-Principles and Types
Treatment of Dosas
Some Ayurvedic Medicines
Glossary of herbs mentioned in this
Glossary of selected and commonly used
Important medicines and their
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