Prachin Bharat MapAyurveda

Charaka Samhita

Period: 100-110 BCE

Sanskrit Edition

  1. सूत्रस्थानम् (General principles) – 30 अध्याय,
  2. निदानस्थानम् (Pathology) – 8 अध्याय,
  3. विमानस्थानम् (Specific determination) – 8 अध्याय,
  4. शारीरस्थानम् (Anatomy) – 8 अध्याय,
  5. इन्द्रियस्थानम् (Sensory organ based prognosis) – 12 अध्याय,
  6. चिकित्सास्थानम् (Therapeutics) – 30 अध्याय ,
  7. कल्पस्थानम् (Pharmaceutics and toxicology) – 12 अध्याय,
  8. सिद्धिस्थानम् (Success in treatment) – 12 अध्याय

Note: Charaka Samhita mentions the name of Punarvasu Atreya, Charaka, and Dridhabala. Punarvasu Atreya preached Ayurveda to his student Agnivesha, who composed the text which Charaka redacted and Dridhabala completed. The period of Punarvasu Atreya is considered to be 1000 BC.  Charaka was the royal physician of king Kanishka.Therefore, the period of Charaka may be taken as second century BCE. The period of Dridhabala is taken as 400 CE. [Sharma PV. 1st edition. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Orientalia; 1975. Ayurveda Ka Vaignanik Itihas; p. 88.]

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