Dravyaguna Vijnana: Knowledge of Animal Drugs and Foods in Ayurveda

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Item Code: IDJ028
Author: Dr. J. L. N. Sastry, Foreword by Dr. J. L. N. Sastry
Edition: 2006
Pages: 169 (Illustrated Throughout in B/W Illus.)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.9" X 5.6"
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Book Description

It is may pleasure to write foreword for Dravyaguna Vijanan Vol. III written by Dr. Sastry. Yet again the author brought out another volume to benefit the student community. It is glad to find an elaborate and extensive description of animal and vegetable rugs in this volume. His approach towards the subject is apparent while describing the animal drugs like Kasturi and Puti. He also elaborated all the categories of Ahara dravyas as per the syllabus.

Ayurveda imposes self-discipline with regard to the norms of Ahara (food), Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacarya (Celibacy). This prevents the risk factors for most of the illness and maintains good health. Therefore, the foods to be consumed and not to be consumed, should be learnt from the ancient knowledge on different food substances. Through the modern concepts of biochemistry, the importance of various food ingredients was analyzed. On the basis of present concepts of Food and Nutrition, the author proves the ancient approach and its scientific validation. This will enable the modern practitioners also to know about Ayurveda.

The author's efforts are commendable in presenting all aspects of animal and vegetable foods by correlating Ayurvedic Concepts with the concepts of modern science in a simple and lucid language. The author had taken pains in collecting the information from various texts of Ayurveda and modern science.

This book is really useful for the Ayurvedic students as well as practitioners to learn about animal drugs, flesh foods and vegetable foods. Since the book provides ancient and modern knowledge, it will be rewarding if students and practitioners utilize this book. The Central Council for Indian Medicine should recognize all the volumes as reference books for the undergraduate students.

I once again congratulate the author and the publisher for bringing out a very useful book on Dravyaguna Vijnana.


Dr. K.S. Jayashree
Professor & Head of the Dept.
P.G. Dept of Dravyaguna
Govt. Ayurvedic Medical College

About the Book

1. This book deals with the important animal products and foods prescribed in Ayurvedic material media. The modern perspective of the respective drugs and foods in also provided.

2. Emphasis on the need of animal products like kasturi (musk), Puti (civet), Agnijara (amber) etc is laid while expressing the need for careful collection methods without sacrificing any animal.

3. The scientific background for the classification of foods in the ancient Ayurvedic texts is substantiated with the support of modern literature. The nutritive values of these foods are also provided on the basis of available information.

4. This work also deals with the indigenous methods of food processing in ancient India. Various puddings and their role in the management of health and disease are emphasized.

5. Pharmacognostic identification of some important medicinal plants (12 plants) as described in the CCIM syllabus was also included. This will enable the students of Ayurveda to learn about the easier methods of identification of herbs.

6. It may be concluded that this is the first English work on Dravyaguna which is in accordance with the CCIM syllabus.

About the Author :

Dr. J.L.N. Sastry hails from a traditional Ayurvedic 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. Ayurvedic College, Vijayawada (A.P.) in first Class. He completed M.D. (Ayurvedic) in Dravya Guna Speciality from Dr. B.R.K.R. Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad in 1998 October.

He stood first in A.P.P.S.C. selection (January 1990) and worked as Med. Officer (Ayurvedic) for Govt. of A.P. in the Indian 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 UPSE (1998) and joined as Medical Officer (Ayurvedic) in CGHS, Chennai in June 1999.

The author is the recipient of two gold medals from Nagarjuna University (A.P.) for the merit shown during B.A.M.S. (1998).

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).


1. Knowledge about the properties, therapeutic benefits and usage of animal drugs:
1. KASTURI (musk)
2. GOROCANA (bezoar)
3. AGNIJARA (amber)
4. PUTI (civet musk)
5. MRGASRNA (deer horn)
6. MUKTA (pearl)
7. SUKTI (pearl oyster)
8. PRAVALA (coral)
9. SANKHA (conch)
10. SAMBUKA (snail)
11. VARATIKA (coveries)
12. ANGARASA (tissue extracts)
2. Knowledge about the properties and effects of foods mentioned in Ayurveda :
1. JALA VARGA (water)
3. MADHU VARGA (honey)
4. IKSU VARGA (sugar cane products) cane
5. TAILA VARGA (oils)
6. MADYA VARGA (alcohol & beverages)
9. MAMSA VARGA (meat)
10. LAVANA VARGA (salts)
11. MUTRA VARGA (urine therapy)
12. AHAROPAYOGI VARGA (food technology)
3. Identification of Certain important herbs :
1. GUDUCI (Tinospora cordifolia)
2. MANJISTHA (Rubia cordifolia)
3. KUTAJA (Holerrhina antidysentirica, Wrightia tinctoria & W. tomentosa)
4. DHATTURA (Datura metal & Datura stramoneum)
5. VASA (Adhatoda vascica)
6. PIPPALI (Piper longum)
7. ARJUNA (Terminalia arjuna & T. tomentosa)
8. ANANTAMULA (Hemidismus indicus: lchnocarpus fortisens & Deeopefis hamiltonii)
9. ASVGANDHA (Withania somnifera)
10. SATAVARI (Asparagus racemosus)
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