The English text book Roga Vijnana and Vikriti Vijnana is a pioneering attempt to narrate intricacies of the knowledge of diseases and to cognize those from an Ayurvedic point of view. The first volume covers the fundamental aspects of Ayurveda concepts of pathology and clinical diagnosis. The efforts are made to collect information from available Sanskrit text and their commentaries, which arranged appropriately. The C.C.I.M. syllabus has been covered under two heads: Ayurveda and Modern. All the interpreations and acadmic revelations are purely based on views of treatise makers and their commentaries like Ayurveda deepika, Nyaachandrika, Bhanumati, Sarvanga-sundara, Ayurvedarasayana, Jalpkalpataru, Narasimhabhshya, Pathya, Hrdayabodhika, Vakyapradipika, Madhukosa, Sasilekha, Ratnaprabha so as to serve the needs of graduates and post graduate students. An execlusive compilation of explanation (Paribhasas) to technical terms from various commentaries is also appended. The subject proper genuinely deals on the concepts of Ayurveda without merely restricting to the limits of examination. The explanation to concepts are derived mainly form Padmasri Dr. . Rajagopalan. the sections from modern sciences have been dealt in a separate so as to avoid overriding of thoughts among the students. The second volume wiil also include the model question papers and objective questions.
"The need of the hour is to reorient our approach in the learning process of Ayurveda by intensifying the interconnectedness fo theory and practice. The approach should be rooted on our traditional thinking based on the concepts of Ayurveda and darsanas. This need is emphasized by WHO in its General guidelines for Research in Traditional Medicine 2000, "Some of the objectives specific to the assessment of traditional medicine through clinical are to: evaluate traditional medicine in its own theoretical framework"....... 'Holism is a key element of all systems of traditional medicine. Therefore when reviewing the lirerature on traditional medicine (both herbal and traditional procedure based therapies), the theories and concepts of the individual practice of traditional medicine, as well as the cultural beckground of those involved, must be taken into account'." But this is not easy job to discren the fundamental principles like learning other skills for they are not mere skills like other empirical narrations. Fully conscious of this fact it has been tried in the present book to exhibit the theoretical propositions and their pragmatic utility with vigour and high promise".
Currently working as Medical officer -Ayurveda,Dept of
Indian Systems of Medicine ,Govt of Kerala. Underwent
Ayurveda study in traditional way under the guidance of
Netrarogavisharad ; Clinical and theoretical training under
Padmasri.Dr.K.Rajagopalan, MBBS, DAM, FNAA and
Sri.Arimanoor Parameswaran. Studied Sanskrit and darsanas
under Prof. G.Asokan, Prof. K.N. Raman Kartha, and Prof.
O.Vishwanathan Achari. Graduated from Govt Ayurveda
College, Thiruvanthapuram. Postgraduate research thesis is
on Critical study of Ayurvedadipika tika of Chakrapanidatta
(in progress). Recipient of KeralaVarmaValiya Koyi
Thampuranan Gold Medal - University of Kerala for thesis
competition for "Sanskrit language, Vedic studies and Indian
culture’. Presented papers in various international and
national seminars. Translated the Panchalakshananidana
chapter of Madhukosha commentary to Malayalam.
This statement by Dr. Amartya Sen is the inspiration for giving more emphasis to the Ayurvedic notions regarding the health and ill health. The Rogavijnana and Vikriti vijnana is an attempt to unravel the intricacies of the knowledge of diseases and to cognise those from an Ayurvedic point of view. The efforts are made to collect information from available Sanskrit texts and their commentaries, which re arranged appropriately. The C.C.I.M. syllabus has been covered under two heads Ayurveda and Modern. Special efforts are made to clarify the fundamental principles with the help of commentaries like Narasimha bhashya, Pathya, Hridaya bodhika, Vakya pradipika, Madhukosa, Ayurveda dipika, Sasilekha, so as to serve the needs of graduates and post graduate students. An exclusive compilation of explanation (paribhashas) to technical terms from various commentaries is appended to the first chapter. The subject proper genuinely deals on the concepts of Ayurveda without merely restricting to the limits of examination. The explanations to concepts are derived mainly from Padmasri Dr. K. Rajagopalan. The English translation of Madhukosa by Dr G.J. Meulenbeld is really a brain tonic for all who study Rogavijnana and Vikritivijnana and author had tried to emulate his renderings.
The Idea to write a book on Roga vijnana and Vikritivijnana was originally conceived by Dr. Indulal. U and me. The paucity of time did not allow Dr. Indulal. U to continue with this project. I worked on the solid platform laid down by him, and without his direction and the vast compilations; the next would not have got the present shape. Despite my constant pleading, he declined to accept the authorship of the work. It is a real bliss for people like me to come across such pious personalities. I will always be thankful to him of this guidance and blessing for the successful completion of this work. I express my deep gratitude to my grandfather and the first initiator to this great science, late Vaidya vachaspati. P. Mahadeva lyer, Vaidya Kalanidhi, Netrarogavisharad. I take this opportunity to offer my pranams to Dr. A. Raghu, Assistant advisor, Ayush, Govt of India, who taught me Madhukosa tika and Hridaya bodhika, Dr. Jerome. V. Kurian, who introduced me to Indu tika and Narasimha bhasya, Dr. C.P. Ravindran Nair of Sri Dhanwantari math, Dr. G. Syamakrishnan and Dr. Prince Alex for guiding me in learning the clinical methods. I thank Dr. P. Sankaran Nair, Rtd. Principal, Govt. Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, for providing me copies of Pathya and Padarthachandrika commentaries. It was a privilege to learn the basics of Rogavijnana and Vikriti vijnana under Dr. K. Sankaran, Director, Ayurveda Medical Education, Dr. M.R. Vasudevan Nampoothiri, Principal, Govt. Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram; Dr. R. Sreekumar, Head of the Department, Rogavijnana and Vikritivijnana, Govt. Ayurveda College Thiruvananthapuram; Dr. John. K. George, Head of the Department, Rogavijnana and Vikritivijnana, Govt. Ayurveda College, Kannur and I am also indebted to my teachers. I have no words to express my gratitude to Vaidyabhooshanam K. Raghavan Thirumulpad for inspiring me to under take this endeavour. I thank Dr. K. Chidambharam of Sri Sarada Ayurveda Hospital Nagercoil, Prof. G. Asokan, Dr. M.V. Anil kumar, Dr. S.D. Sreejan, Dr. P.P. Jiggesh, Dr. M. Prasad, Dr. Krishnakumar, Dr. Deepa .B. Nair and Dr. P. Rammanohar, Director, AVATAR, Coimbatore for encouragment to carry out this work. The guidance and motherly affection showered on me during my study by my guide Prof. Dr. A. Jameela Beevi, Head of the Department, Siddantha and Samhita. Govt. Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, helped me lot in the execution of this work. Sri Arimanoor Paramewaran, an unparalleled scholar in Ayurveda helped me in clarifying various concepts in nidana. This book would have not been completed without the cooperation and guidance of Prof. S. Sasikumaran Unnithan. In this context I gracefully acknowledge my indebtedness to him. Above all it is the constant enthusiasm and cooperation showed by Sri. Sachin Gupta, Sri. Kaushik Gupta and Sri. R. Ratnakara Misra of Chaukhambha Sanskrit Series Office resulted in the completion of this work. I wholeheartedly thank them for their cooperation and I, with full sincerity, acknowledge their patience for bearing the inordinate delay from my side in preparing the manuscript of the text. I express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Anithajacob Director Indian Systems of Medicine, Kerala and Dr. P. Skandaswami Pillai, District Medical Officer, Alappuzha and my colleagues for encouraging me to take up this challenge.
I would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Pavana.J, Dr. Raji.R, Dr. Anija.S and Dr. Vishnu Prasanth for assisting me in writing this book. I express my sincere gratitude to Sri. Srikumar. S, just designs Sharjah, U.A.E. for designing the cover pate of the book. I am also thankful to Sri. Harikumar Agasthyacode, for preparing the photographs of Dr. K. Rajagopalan and Dr. G.J. Meulenbeld. The typesetting in Sanskrit is done by Sri. Radhakrishnan, Top Printers, Thiruvananthapuram. The total layout with typesetting in English is done by Smt. Sindhu Venkatesan of Mano Graphics, Thiruvananthapuram, and I thank her for neat and prompt creation of this book.
The domain of Ayurveda is blessed by the pioneering works of Dr. K. Rajagopalan and Dr. Gerrt Jan Meulenbeld and as mark of respect this humble effort is dedicated at the feet of the great Ayurveda scholar of our time.
The science of medicine has many facets and compartments, which are interconnected into a complex. Allopathic medicine is at the verge of confession that it is inadequate and distortive to deal with concocted contaminants and serious diseases heretofore unheard of. This fallacy is due to the mere adherence to reductionistic paradigm by the modern medicine. This situation has given a fresh lease of life to all streams of traditional healing arts across the globe. The current situation has accelerated the dissemination of Ayurveda at national and international levels. The world hopes that Ayurveda can open up stirring possibilities to the looming challenges in the maintenance of positive health and care. This hope rests on the fact that empirical methods of Ayurveda are rooted in metaphysical and epistemological concepts of darsanas. The ill fate of Ayurveda is that our customary way of doing things is to concentrate on practice sans fundamental theories. The majority of physicians due to sociopolitical and historical reasons moved away from the basic concepts of Ayurveda and darsanas after the medieval era. Though the present scenario in the Ayurvedic fraternity is different from this, there is still some continuation of this medieval mindset.
The need of the hour is to reorient our approach in the learning process of Ayurveda by intensifying the interconnection of theory and practice. The approach should be rooted on our traditional thinking based on the concepts of Ayurveda and darsanas. This need is emphasised by WHO in its General guidelines for Research in Traditional Medicine 2000, "Some of the objectives specific to the assessment of traditional medicine through clinical are to: evaluate traditional medicine in its own theoretical framework".... 'Holism is a key element of all systems of traditional medicine. Therefore, when reviewing the literature on traditional medicine (both herbal and traditional procedure based therapies), the theories and concepts of te individual practice of traditional medicine, as well as the cultural background of those involved, must be taken into account'," But this is not an easy job to discern the fundamental principles like learning other skills for they are not mere skills like other empirical narrations. Fully conscious of this fact, it has been tried in the present book to exhibit the theoretical propositions and their pragmatic utility with vigour and high promise. Even though many works on Rogavijnana are these in Hindi and other regional languages (like the one pioneered by Vaidya Ranjithray Desaiji,) the work by Dr. Manoj Sankaranarayana stands out as a pioneering work in English with its extensive compilation of the related subject matter from Brhattrayi and its commentaries, especially from those rare southern Sanskrit commentaries on Astangahridaya. The special emphasis given to Madhukoshatika is also noteworthy. The current presentation of Roga vijnana and Vikriti vijnana based on C.C.I.M. syllabus will be definitely useful for graduate students, postgraduate students, researchers and also serve a handbook of basic concepts of nidana for general clinicians. I congratulate M/s Chaukhambha Sanskrit Series office, Varanasi, to bring out such a nice work. I pray to Lord Dhanvanthari to bestow all virtues in life to Dr. Manoj Sankaranarayana.
**Contents and Sample Pages**
Acupuncture & Acupressure (196)
Gem Therapy (21)
Original Texts (229)
Therapy & Treatment (147)
Tibetan Healing (128)
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