Prof. K. R. Srikantha Murthy (b. 1929) an
alumnus of the Govt. Ayurveda College. Mysore
(1948) and Post-graduate Centre in Ayurveda,
Jamnagar (1958), served as Professor and
Principal at all the three Govt. College of
Ayurveda in Karnataka and retired in 1984. As
ordained by his Preceptor and mentor, Prof. C.
Dwarakanath, he has been pursuing literary
research activities since last thirty five years
and has so far published many scientific papers
Work of the Author
1. Luminaries of Indian Medicine, 1968.
2. History of Ayurveda in Karnataka (Kannada), 1972
3. Ayurveda Vikrti VijAana (Kannada), 1973
4. Tantrayukti in Ayurveda, English translation, 1976.
5. Clinical Methods in Ayurveda, 1983.
6. Sarangadhara Sarhhita, English translation, 1984.
7. Epilepsy (Apasmara) in Ayurvead, 1987.
8. Madhava Nidana, English translation,1987.
9. Doctrines of Pathology in Ayurveda, 1988.
10. Astanga Hrdaya, English translation.Complete in 3 Vols.
11. Vagbhata Mandana. 1991.
12. Astanga Sangraha, English translation.
13. Bhavaprakasa, English translation 2 vols. 2000.
14. Siddhant Nidanam, English translation.
This volume comprises of the Nidana sthana, Cikitsita
sthana and kalpasiddhi sthana-the third, fourth and fifth
sections of Astangahrdaya of Vagbhata. As usual the text in
original and its faithful English translation have been furnished.
These three sections deal mainly with one branch of
Ayurveda, viz., Kaya cikitsa (inner medicine). Since the remaining seven branches will be dealt in the Uttara-sthana the
sixth and the last section, consolidated lists of diseases, drugs,
etc., will be appended to the next volume.
I have dedicated this volume to another preceptor of
mine Pandit N.L. Bhattacharya, who showered his affection
on me and who also enriched the literature of Ayurveda in
Kannada language; hence a few words here about his life and
Pandit Bhattacharya (1883-1961) served as Professor at
the Govt. Ayurveda College, Mysore (1928-53). With wide
knowledge of both Sanskrit and Ayurveda, he could ably
explain many moot points in the doctrines substantiating
them with textual references. He possessed special knowledge
of almost all the herbs and durgs available in the forests and
those used by Ayurveda physicians and so was being consulted as an "expert" by Ayurvedists, Botonists, officials of the
forest department and many others. He was mainly responsible for the establishment of a herb garden attached to the
Ayurveda College. Apart from Dravyaguna vijnana he taught
many subjects of Ayurveda and his lecture notes became textbooks. Thus were published the Agada tantra, Sutrasthana of
Astangarhrdaya (1956), Prasuti tantra-striroga and Kaumarabhrtva (1957), the remaining sthanas of Astafigahrdaya and
the first part of Susruta samhita (1959). Inspite of advancing
age he was able to complete the translation of the second
part of Susruta samhita and the whole of Caraka samhita.
But he did not live to see these in print and all these have
been published later. Students of Ayurveda in Karnataka owe
a great debt of gratitude to this ideal teacher.
I convey my sincere thanks to my friend Prof.
Jyotirmitra for containuing his help at the press. I also thank
my daughter Smt. K.S. Revathi, B.A. for her flawless typing of
the manuscripts. I am beholden to M/s. Chowkhamba
Krishnadas Academy, Varanasi, the reknowned Indological
publishers for bringing out this volume without any delay.
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