Interpretation of the CHARKA SAMHITA
Interpretation of the CHARAKA SAMHITA
Volume: SUTRASTHAN (1A)
Author: Dr Govind Rajpoot PhD
The Charaka Samhita is the oldest literature in the world on health and on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. It was first translated into Arabic and Hebrew. The original literature is written in Sanskrit in the Devanagari script. This literature, which is thousands of years old, is very hard for the general European reader to understand today.
Ayuvedacharya Dr. Rajpoot has lived in Europe for 27 years and has learned about the European way of thinking during this time. He explains the Charaka Samhita very clearly, using examples from present-day European culture, so that today’s reader can comprehend it.
The Charaka Samhita will be published in translation with commentary by Dr. Rajpoot in 12 volumes. This is part A of Volume 1, which has 16 chapters, as follows:
Chapter 1: human beings, consciousness, dharma, manifestation and stagnation of the gunas, silence, body and mind, Tridosh, Ras and its enormous force, Tastes affect the doshas, medicines, Virechan, vomiting, laxatives, fruits, fats, salts, urine, milk etc.
Chapter 2: Ingredients for nasya oil, inhalation, inducing vomiting, fat free enema, snehan, svedan, appetite and alleviating colic, digesting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, urination, parasites, thirst, weight gain or loss, lubricate, flatulence, sore throat, lethargy, to suppress appetite, panchkarma medicines.
Chapter 3: Mixtures for preparing ointment, alleviating itching, impetigo, ameliorating skin disease, Ubtan and abhyang oils, bdominal pain, gout or vatarakt, headache, back pain, burning sensation, removing toxins, excess sweating, eliminating body odor,
Chapter 4: classification of herbs
Chapter 5: Food, amounts of food, digestion, digestive force , andjana, inhalation, smoking technique, nasal procedure, cleaning the oral cavity, Gandusha – swishing oil in the mouth, dripping oil into the ears, Abhyang, oil massage, Foot massage etc.
Chapter 6: diet, Ahar and vihar, The six seasons, Visarg and adan kal,
Chapter 7: Disorders that come from suppressing natural needs, urinate, excrete stool, sperms, gas, vomiting, sneezing, burping, yawning, hunger, thirst, tears, sleep, breathing, speak. Act according to dharma, artha and karma. Physical exercise etc.
Chapter 8: The sense organs, Chitta, mind, three gunas, happiness and unhappiness, Sense organs and the mahabhuts, Correct behavior,
Chapter 9: The four qualities of the Ayurvedic practitioner, dravya, assistant and invalid
Chapter 10: Successfulness of the Ayurvedic practitioner, Kind of maladies, characteristics of curable and incurable diseases etc.
Chapter 11: Desires, Atma, Realization, Definition of an Ayurvedic practitioner, Pratyaksha, Anumana, Sanyog, Yukti, Reincarnation, Senses and disease, Pragyaparadha, Kinds of maladies
Chapter 12: Vata dosha
Chapter 13: Lubricants and lubrication, animal, plant sneh (oils),Ghee , Madjdja, Bone marrow
Chapter 14: Hot provedures: warm pouch, sauna, steam svedan with the aid of a hose, broth bath, Agni sanskar, heating on a bed, heating through sprinkling, heating using a pit, circular room, heating with the aid of the earth, another kind of heating etc.
Chapter 15: Rules of procedures, Equipment, vaman and virechan procxedures.
Chapter 16: Ayurvedic practitioner, Indications for vaman and virechan