10 years ago the publication of my "A Text Book on Shalyatantra" happened and a
revision of this book was due keeping in consideration the opinions and feedbacks of my vast
students and teachers. Thus I am presenting to you all a new "Rajneesh’s Text Book of
The syllabus points mentioned in the new syllabus of Shalyatantra, as prescribed by
CCIM, has been covered in detail, along with shloka and information from modern text
books regarding the same topics has been detailed a little more.
For the first time, the text book is being brought out in color print to make it visually
appealing so as to increase the readers’ attention. Color photographs have been added
wherever possible along with tables and flow charts to make the understanding of the topics
Now the text book is more informative and appealing and thus I expect it to be greatly
appreciated by the students, both Undergraduates and Postgraduates, and the teachers as
well. Any lacunae needs to be forgiven and the feedbacks are welcome for further
improvisation of this text.
Dr. Rajneesh V Giri was born in Bengaluru in the year 1973. After
primary schooling in Kendriya Vidyalayas, he completed his BAMS in
the year 1997 from Government Ayurveda Medical College, Bengaluru
and his M.S (Ayu) in the year 2000 from the same college. He the
completed his PhD.(Ayu.) from the illustrious Institute of Medical
Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) under the able guidance of
Dr. Manoranj an Sahu, Ex. Dean, Ayurveda Faculty, IMS, BHU. Since then
he has served various Institutes and is presently working as Professor and HOD, Department
of PG studies in Shalyatantra, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurveda,
He has been a resource person at various International and National Conferences and
Workshops, and has published various articles in Medical Journals and has been Chief
Investigator in various Research Projects as well.
He has been an examiner for UG and PG (Shalyatantra), PG (Shalyatantra) guide and
Editor and Reviewer for various Medical Journals.
His other publications are:
Synopsis of Sushrutha Samhita
Synopsis of Charaka Samhita
Synopsis of Ashtanga Hrdayam
A Text Book of Shalyatantra (According to CCIM syllabus)
Ayurveda the ‘science of life’, since the Vedic times, has laid importance to not only the
management of disease but also its prevention. The greatness of Ayurveda lies in the fact that it
identifies health not only as a state of being disease-free physically. but also includes a happy
and healthy psychological and spiritual state in its definition of health. The complete definition
of health was thus first laid down in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda as it grew and faced challenges, professionalised the field of medicine by dividing
the science into 8 branches i.e. Ashtanga Ayurveda, for a better and thorough management of
vast diseases both physical and mental, which a human suffered from birth till death.
Among these 8 branches, the branch of Shalyatantra specialised in removing shalya from the
body. Shalya can be defined as anything which causes hindrance to the normal functioning of
the body or the mind, maybe a foreign body or bodily substances like viuated dosha. dhatu or
Shalyatantra described various surgical, non-surgical removal of these shalva to attain a state
of ‘sukha’ or health or bliss. Thus surgery, purificatory measures, pharmacological
preparations and so on have been dealt in detail in the branch of Shalyatantra.
Shalyatantra mainly deals with ‘Shastrakarma’ or surgical procedures and ‘Anushastra
karma’ or minimally invasive surgical procedures, and medical management of a varied
spectrum of diseases.
Thus a practitioner of Shalyatantra is not only an expert in the field of Shastrakarma and
Anushastra karma, but also is enriched with knowledge of various bheshaja for the
conservative management of all the diseases tormenting the mankind.
The present work of mine, considering the opinions and feedback of students to whom it caters
to, has been constructed in a very informative way. The details available in Ayurveda, along
with concise information regarding these topics from various modern text books of medicine,
surgery, anatomy, pharmacology etc has been presented in a very attractive, colourful,
schematic and simple form so that the students both Undergraduates and Post-Graduates who
read them get a basic knowledge of Shalyatantra. In this context lam thankful to the authors of
various texts of modern medicine, from whose works I have taken the essence of knowledge as
required by the students of BAMS course, as prescribed the CCIM, New Delhi.
I hope this text which is a fruit of hard work of three years, is well received by the students of
Ayurveda in their endeavour of becoming a knowledgeable Vaidya, and help them in the path
of attaining dharma, artha, kama and moksha.
My efforts would not have been so beautifully presented to you people if M/s. Chaukhamba
Orientalia, Varanasi had not ably supported my hard work. I am thankful to Mr. Atul Gupta for
his patience and support all along my life since my days at Banaras Hindu University,
Any work of creation requires happiness, peaceful mind and a healthy body. The sole source of
all these are my family. I acknowledge the role of all my family members for providing me a
Space and support for completing this hard task.
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