Dr. L. Mahadevan completed his post graduation M.D. kayacikitsa, from Government
Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram with high academic credentials. He does
intensive research in Neurology an Panchakarna. He has his practice in
Derisanamcope (A village in kanyakumari district, studies. His classics on
clinical medicine are unique in nature. He has written 45 books on Ayurveda. He
is a student of Dr. B. Vaidyanathan & Dr. M.R.V. Vasudevan Nampoothiri.
Dr. G. Harini Ramya completed her BAMS graduation from Ayurveda College,
Coimabtore and her post graduation M.D Kaurnarabhritya from working as Assistant
Medical officer in Tamilnadu Govt. Service and as Lecture in Govt. Ayurvda
College, Nagercoil. She is a student of Dr. L. Mahadevan’s Gurukulam for the past
Dr. J. Aarthi Harini completed her BAMS graduation from Venkataramana Ayurveda
College, Chennai. She has completed her CRAV Course (Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidya
Peeth) in Sri Sarada Ayurveda Hospital, Derisanamcope. She is also a student of
Dr. L. Mahadevan’s Gurukulam
Dr. J. Gokul completed his BAMS graduation from S.N. Ayurveda College, Kollam. He
is working as a Resident Medical Officer in Sri Sarada Ayurvedic Hospital,
Derisanamcope. He is also a student of Dr. L. Mahadevan’s Gurukulam.
Dr. R. Abhijit completed his graduation BAMS from Sri Sri Collegel of Ayurvedic
Research Center, Bangalore. He is clinically trained in Dr. L. Mahadevan’s
Managing skin diseases are a part of Ayurvedic clinical practice. Many patients
seek ayurvedic treatment for chronic skin diseases. In the department of agada
tantra, they see a lot of skin diseases. The concept of dusi visa, gara vise are
applicable in the samprapthi & cikitsa of skin diseases. Many PG works were done
in the field of Ayurvedic dermatology during the last few decades and now, it is
possible to treat several diseases successfully, which are considered as
resistant. This has lead large number of patients to seek Ayurvedic clinical
advise and this figure is expected to go up in the future because the skin
patients expect Ayurvedic doctors not only to control the disease but also to get
rid of the marks and scars produced in the due course of the disease.
Treating skin diseases is like, fighting war and if the war has to be won it is
necessary to accurately access the strength of the adversary. So, accurate
diagnosis, application of guna principle, understanding the avastha, treatment
based on avastha are highly essential. If needed, biopsy can also be done with
the help of a qualified dermatologist. Therefore a proper training and good skill
is needed to recognize the signs and symptoms of various disease processes .The
visual impressions and History are also highly useful in this regard.
It is, with this in mind we felt the need to bring "Illustrated Text Book
Ayurvedic Clinical Dermatology” of with color photographs of various clinical
manifestations of dermatological diseases. We have covered common and un-common
skin diseases with their classical presentation, especially for under graduates,
post graduates, general practitioners and physicians, interested in Ayurvedic
dermatology. We have also included venereal diseases mentioned in ayurvedic texts
in this book because of the similarity in presentation and treatment protocol
Atypical presentations of common diseases should be treated by specialists. The
treatment methods are collected from various texts that are commonly used in
Ayurvedic curriculum. We pray for the best for our colleagues and for the health
of our patients.
The second main author of this work is Dr. G. Harini Ramya, who is one of my
prestigious student, working currently in Govt. Ayurveda College, Nagercoil, who
has passed MD entrance with high academic credentials, secured high marks in the
PSC examinations and who works as a government doctor today. She is a great
scholar, a great clinician and a good human being who has collected the
photographs and has contributed a lot to this work. She is my student for the
last 9 years and also a representative of my tradition.
I thank Dr. J. Aarthi Harini who is my student for the past 4 years, who has
worked as a RMO in our hospital and also did Guru Sishya Parambara Course under
Dr. Chidambaram in our center.
Dr. Abhijith. R is my student since three years, who has worked a lot in
collecting the material, taking my lecture notes and making it in a book format.
Dr. Gokul. J is also my student and I'm the student of his father, Dr.
Jayaprakash, MD (Ayu) from 1993-1997 during my Post graduation in
Thiruvananthapurm Ayurveda college, in the department of Kayachikitsa. He has
also worked with us and is committed in his pursuing works
I thank Mr. R. A. Saju in making this book a possibility. We thank all our
community who have been supporting our honest endeavors in the promotion of
I thank Dr. K. Chidambaram for his constant support, encouragement and help for
all my ayurvedic endeavours.
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