Yogaratnakara is one of the most renowned treatises of Indian Medicine. It is an extract of Indian medicine discussed in several books ranging from ancient period to later part of the 17th Century A.D. It is a compiled work and masterpiece of Indian Medical system. This unique work aims at determining the history of different drugs when they first appeared in Ayurvedic texts, like Yogaratna Samuccaya (10th century A.D.), Yogaratnavali (1574 A.D.), Yogasara (1600 A.D.), Yogasata (15th century A.D.) and Yogaratnakara (17th century A.D.). It has given details of nacli pariksa, astasthana pariksa etc. and has also provided additional useful information regarding pharmaceutical preparations and their administration, modified prescriptions for composition and potency of drugs based on scripture, tradition and experience. It is an important source book for getting a better understanding of the history of Indian medicine and also lays special emphasis on specific diseases and their cures.
Dr. Nirmal Saxena, is well-known for his outstanding contributions in the fields of Ayurveda and History of Sciences. In the course of nearly twenty years dedicated to research he contributed innumerable articles to reputed national and international journals in History, Medicine and Science. Born on November 4, 1952 in the family of a Vaidya Krishna Kumar. He got his university education at Banaras Hindu University. He completed his Ph.D. on topic, "Development of Indian Medicine from 1400 to 1600 A.D." Passing through a chequered carreer of lecturer in History at Triloknath Postgraduate College, Tanda, Faizabad, he joined as Project Investigator under the History of Science Programme of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. Completed a project, "A Critical Study of Yogdratnakara" sanctioned by the National Commission for History of Sciences in India. At present he is again associated with INSA and working on the Project English Translation of the Vaidya Jivana of Lolimaraj a at department of History, Bareilly College, Rohilkhand University, Bareilly.
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