The same has been translated to English which an intention of
making the ancient wisdom of Rasashastra more accessible to seekers
across the country which would be of invaluable help to all.
Currently Dr. Harsha NM has been serving as the Principal -
Medical Superintendent of Shiva Ayurvedic Medical College and
Hospital at Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh since 2016.
The Author of the original Sanskrit version, Vaidya Sri.
Pradyumnacharya, an erudite scholar and a staunch follower of
Ayurveda, is known for his scholasticity and power of remembrance of any reference in Samhitas. Pradyumnacharya
Nilangekar served in the Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad.
His students are spread over the country and they have highest
regard and fondly remember him now. The work seems to be
collection of most of his clinical experiences where in the mercurial prescriptions occupy major chunk. Composed in chase
Sanskrit, as suits to the personality of Pradyumnacharyaji, the
verses tender catching tips for successful practice.
Dr. Harsha has put in sincere effort in bringing out the
substance from the verses in a lucid manner. It is now in the
fitness of things to unravel the treasure of experiences which
give instantaneous results. This is evidence based Ayurveda
traditionally. Thus the effort of Dr. Harsha is commendable
which will go a long way in preserving and pursuing the practical knowledge of Ayurvedic practice.
Rasashastra, which was included in to Ayurveda around
8th century AD, had its existence since the Vedic times if not
before which is evident from the enormous literature serving as
its foundation. Rasashastra exhibits almost all features suggestive of its independent existence. But the fate had it that
Rasashastra and Ayurveda be united to have the strength to
withstand the onslaught of other invading medical systems. This
development had two effects. First - Ayurveda sustained the
difficult period of invasions and co-existence and second - the
tremendous Tantric literature backing Rasashastra lost its importance as it was not visibly connected to the prevalent medical practices. And then, it was the time of beautiful conjugation
and development of two very old systems as one system with
an all new look.
The researches which were carried out later, involved both
sciences equally to revolutionize the native healing practices of
the land. Even then, Rasashastra maintained its uncanny ability
to appear curious and attract the minds of people. This can be
justified by the fact that, Rasashastra has the maximum number
of books written on it than any other branch of Ayurveda. It is
quite possible that the liberal practitioners were more sought by
the public than orthodox practitioners and this might have resulted in most medical practitioners developing an interest in
Medical practitioners developing an interest in
Rasashastra and its formulations.
With the pure intention of seeking truth (in this case, en-
Suring the health benefits to the needy) researches kept happening at various pockets without coherence. These involved
local and specific variables which again. had two effects. First
- drugs and formulations showed varied applicability and thus.
pharmacopeia and pharmaceutical knowledge increased by leap
and bounds and second - for an outsider, the whole picture
looked clumsy and with full of ambiguity.
Since the beginning of 19th century. we have been trying
to understand our own sciences through the spectacles of Western researchers who did not understand the culture based on
which a certain branch of knowledge had been erected and thus,
we are unable to showcase our heritage in front of the world.
This is causing a great and sometimes, irreparable damage to
our rich knowledge of the bygone era.
In case of Ayurveda and especially Rasashastra, there is a
dire need to correct the misconceptions, modify the misinterpretations and abolish the myths. The reader mustn't under-
stand this as a clarion call to do away with whatever is modern;
on the contrary, this is a call to emphasize the need of just understanding and prompt exhibition of the ancient knowledge
by which ever means.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
Acupuncture & Acupressure (196)
Gem Therapy (21)
Original Texts (229)
Therapy & Treatment (147)
Tibetan Healing (128)
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