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Item Code: NAJ137
Author: Dr. Shrinidhi Kumar Acharya
Language: Sanskrit and English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9788176373777
Pages: 608
Cover: Paperback
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About the Author

Shrinidhi Kumar Acharya born in traditional middle class Brahmin family on 20-12-1975 in Kudambettu, a remote village in Bantwal Tq, Mangalore district of Karnataka. He is the proud son of K. Venkataramana Acharya & Jayalaxami Acharya. He is married to Smt. Ashalata and has been blessed with two kids (Master Hrishikesh (10) and Master Bhargava (08).

He completed his primary education in Bantwal and later attained his BAMS degree from SDM Ayurvedic college and Hospital Udupi with distinction in all three professionals in 1999. Author completed his post Graduation from prestigious Banaras Hindu University in Subject Kaumarabhritya in 2003 and worked under the guidance Professor R.D. Sharma and Professor B.M. Singh. He attained his Ph.D. from Rajasthan Ayurveda University, Jodhpur under guidance Professor C .M. Jain.

After completion of post graduation he joined the post graduate department of Kaumarabrithya at SDMCA&H at Hassan in 2003 and worked as lecturer and reader till 2010. During this period he is academically and professionally nurtured by Professor C.H.S. Sastry and Professor Prasanna Rao to attain Excellency in the field. Author has been part of many successful programmes launched by SDMCA&H Hassan like Swarna Prashana, and many social and educational programmes.

Later at 2010 he has been selected at post Graduate department of Kaumarabhritya, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur and presently working as assistant professor.

Author is young dynamic multi talented personality with his active involvement in academic, professional, clinical, social, sports and extracurricular activities. He has been regarded as excellent teacher due to his teaching skills, analytical approach, knowledge and oration capacity. He also a successful clinician of Ayurvedic paediatrics and P.G. and Ph.D. Guide and examiner. He has given many interviews, health talk's related s Ayurveda in national 'I'V, and E.T.V. and Radio. He delivered many guest lecturers at different universities and CME etc.

Specialty of this book

* Systematic presentation of topics of Kaumarabhritya subject for easy and convenient study.
* Presentation of topics are as per latest C. C.I.M. Syllabus which is beneficial for undergraduates.
* Detail and comprehensive description of topics with scientific analysis with analytical approach for the benefit of post graduates.
* Collection of all possible references of kaumarabhritya scattered in various literatures.
* Scientific analysis of each and every point and its interpretations with reasoning.
* Single and most appropriate opinion of the subject based on explanation of multiple authors.
* Development of certain new concepts in topics like Phakka, Graha Roga, Navajatha Shishu Paricharya, Ulbhaka, Dhatri, Samskara etc.
* Certain untouched topics are explored for their practical use Bali, Dhoopana, Stanya Shodana, Putra kamesthi, etc.
* Explanation of practical utility of every topic with its relevance in present paediatrics practice.
* Advantages, disadvantages, limitations, merits of the Ayurvedic approach in child care in comparison to other contemporary medical sciences.
* Point wise presentation with simple language.
* Relevant modern topics are described.


Ayurveda is eternal, scientifically time tested ancient science which has been systematically divided in to eight clinical branches as been evidenced from the literature. Among the eight branches of Ayurveda, Kaumrabhritya or Bala chikitsa has been mentioned with prime importance and compared to Agni Devata. Kashyapa Samhita has been considered as the most authentic book of Kaumarabhritya although we find few chapters related to kaumarabhritya in other Samhitas. Acontemporary Kashyapa Sampradaya also was in practice along with Atreya and Dhanwantari Samparadaya in ancient time although missing of Kashyapa Samhita twice in due course of time and non availability of commentaries badly affected the clinical practice of Kaumarabhritya and had a setback. Ancient Ayurvedic authors struggled a lot to bring Kaumrabhritya in the main stream of Ayurveda by writing several books on Kumarabhritya like Hiranyaksha tantra, Parvataka Tantra etc. which are presently not available.

Pediatric population contribute major portion of patients in clinical practice. An Ayurvedic paediatrician carries the responsibility of producing healthy society as children are future citizen. But, unfortunately less literature and references related to child care and treatment are available in Ayurveda. Hence there is really an urgent need for analysis and comprehensively need rebuilding the subject and teaching methodology of Kaumarabhritya, especially for the benefit of the students and clinicians. Students at undergraduate level and post graduate level really face paucity of a comprehensive text book which includes all references of Kaumarabhritya scattered in different books at a place with comparative analysis as per the need of present clinical practice. Concepts explained in Samhitas need to be upgraded and updated without tampering its originality. Hence, explanation and analysis of Ayurvedic concepts in comparison with other contemporary medical sciences by upholding the Ayurvedic principles helps the student for understanding its practicability and also evoke thought process which explore the hidden medical truth of Ayurveda.

During my student life many a times I felt that principles of Ayurveda were compulsorily loaded over the student like iron balls due to lack of analytical approach. Although Ayurvedic principles are eternal, unchangeable and always fruitful a beginner fail to enjoy the study due to lack of analytical approach and practical application leading to underestimation and ignorance of its glory. Post graduates of Kaumarabhritya also face similar lacunae and find paucity of Ayurvedic explanations and scientific analysis of concepts. It is my long time wish to write such a comprehensive text book of Kaumarabhritya specially keeping interest of those students who have such mind set during their graduation level.

Very less critical analysis has been done on the subject matter of Kaumarabhritya and there were many untouched areas like Graha Rogas, Samskars, Dhatri, Lehana, Phakka avajatha Shishu Paricharya etc. which are not properly understood in relevance to present day context and collective analysis of references of Kaumarabhritya has been missing. Although the childhood clinical practice is a vital, essential clinical branch in other contemporary medical sciences, Ayurvedic paediatrics has not been able to raise to the expected level by extending neonatal and paediatric care.

Hence sincerely I felt the-need of a text book on Kaumarabhritya which critically analyzes the subject of Kaumarabhritya under the light of the present day paediatrics practice so that Ayurvedic Kaumarabhritya can be easily reachable to all, creates interest in learning, augments the thrust of clinical practice, remove the unwanted confusions and helps for flourishing the Ayurvedic Paediatrics i.e. Kaumarabhritya around the globe. Certain childhood disorders which are challenging to the modern world like Cerebral palsy, DMD, Nephrotic syndrome, developmental delay, Mental retardation, childhood obesity and child hood life style related disorders, speech disorders, memory enhancing methods, Immunological disorders can be effectively managed by Ayurvedic paediatrics.

Specialty of this book is, it is easily reachable to all as it is written in a simple language and is given a systematic presentation and therefore undergraduates enjoy reading it. This book give the scope to understand the depth of the subject by evoking an analytical angle of the study of subject as per need of the hour especially for post graduates and Ph.D Scholars. Book will be informative along with pool of references for faculty of Kaumarabrithya and as reference book for practioners. Many a times view of different authors has been analyzed and the most suitable opinion for present situation with clinical application has been explained.

In this book references have been collected from all possible sources by referring different classical Ayurvedic literatures as well as text books of Kaumarabhritya by renowned experts of the field and presented in a very systematic manner to make the study convenient. Each Sloka, words, and disorders are explained with clinical understanding and application. Each concept has been analyzed for its relevance’s in comparison with other contemporary medical sciences. A simple language has been used for easy reading and topics were arranged step wise. Modern explanations were given wherever necessary. Point vise Presentation of the topic has been provided to have comfortable and easy reading.

This book has come out as my 13 years of experience as an undergraduate and post graduate teacher and consultant in the field of Kaumarabhritya which was greatly influenced and enriched by the knowledge and superiority of my teachers at different levels of my academic and professional life. Many explanations, ideas, analysis, references provided in this book are the extension of original ideas of my teachers. I am extremely thankful to Professor C.H.S. Sastrysir who corrected and shaped my professional carrier and kind enough to provide some rare references related to Kaumarabhritya. I always bow my head to the sacred feet of Professor R.D. Sharma, Professor B.M. Singh and professor C.M. Jain sir who guided my academic carrier. I am extremely thankful to Professor. Prasanna Rao, Principal of SDMCA Hassan, and profes or Abhimanyu Kumar, Director, AIIAMS New Delhi for guiding me throughout. I always remember Srinivasa Acharya, Dr. Muralidhara Sharma, Dr. Nagaraj Poojary of SDMCA Udupi for shaping my undergraduate study life.

Explanations, comments, justifications, comparisons, personal views given by me in this book may be incomplete, over explanatory or unjustified as this book is first of its kind. I whole heartedly acknowledge from all for critics, suggestion and better explanations on the subject that I can further incorporate in my next edition.


Section One - Introduction Kaumarabhritya
Chapter -1History of Kaumarabhritya1-7
Chapter-2Definitions of Kaumarabhritya8-12
Chapter-3Classification of Age in Kaumarbhritya13-16
Chapter-4Dosage Schedule in Kaumarabhrithya17-26
Chapter-5Treatment principles in Kaumarabhritya27-38
Chapter-6Importance and scope of kaumarabhritya39-42
Chapter-7Clinical Approach in Kaumarabhritya43-61
Chapter-8Introduction to kashyapa Samhita62-72
Section Two-Samskara and Krida in Kumarbrithya  
Chapter-9Samskara in Kaumarabhritya73-115
Introduciton to Samskara73-79
Jatakarma Samskara80-83
Dolashyana Samskara83-85
Namakarana Samskara85-88
Dugdha pana and Jalapooja Samskara88-89
Suryodaya Darshan and Chandra Darshanaq89-90
Nishkramana Samskara90-92
Anna Prashana - Phala Prashana92-96
Upaveshana Samskara96-100
Karna Vedana Samskara100-104
Chooda Karma106-106
Upanayana Samskara106-109
Akshara Lekhana Samskara109-110
Godhana Samskara110-111
Vivaha Samskara111-112
Varana Banda and Matangi Homa112-114
Procedure of Putra Kamesthi yajgna114-115
Chapter-10Krida in Kaumarbhritya116-125
Kidanaka and Krida Bhumi115-112
Modern concept of Play121-123
Concept of Play school and Playing skills123-125
Chapter-11Concept of Kumaradhara126-132
Kamaradhara and his qualities128-132
Method of child care by Kumaradhara133-136
Chapter-12Concept of Kumaragara133-136
Construction of Kamaragara as per Ayurveda133-134
Construction of neonatal care unit134-136
Section Three: Pancha Karma in Kaumarabhritya 78
Chapter-13Snehana in Kaumarabhritya137-142
Chapter-14Diet Modification in paediatric Pancha Karma143-145
Chapter-16Combinations of Different Rasa146-147
Chapter-17Swedana in Kaumarabhritya148-150
Chapter-17General Introduction toShodana151-154
Chapter-18Vamana Karma in Kaumarabhritya155-157
Chapter-19Virechana Karma in Kaumarabhritya158-160
Chapter-20Basti in Kaumarabhritya161-172
Chapter-21Nasya in Kaumarabhritya173-175
Section Four: Graha-Rogas in Kaumarabhritya
Chapter-22General concept and Treatment176-254
Introduction to Graha Roga, Graha Badha176-177
Graha and its similarities with microorganisms177-180
History origin types causes symptoms of Graha Roga180-195
General Treatment of Graha Roga195
Daiva Vyapashraya Chikitsa, and Mantra in Graha Roga196-199
Yukti Vyapashraya Chikitsa, in Graha Roga199-201
Dhoopana or Fumigation in Graha Roga201-206
Bali Chikitsa in Graha Roga with its scientific understanding206-211
Understanding of Skanda Graha and its treatment211-215
Understanding of Skanda Apasmara and its treatment215-219
Understanding of Naigamesha Graha and Its treatment219-222
Understanding of Shakuni Graha and Its Treatment223
Understanding of Putana, Andha Putana Sheeta Putana Graha and its treatment224-235
Understanding Mukha Mandika and Its treatment235-238
Understanding of Revati Graha and Its treatment238-250
Understanding of Shwa Graha and its treatment251-253
Understanding of Pitru Graha and Its Treatment252-253
Understanding of Shushka Revati and Its Treatment253-254
Section Five: Neonatology
Chapter-23Basics of Neonatology255-278
Definitions and nomenclature in neonatology255-258
Examination of New Born259-265
Assessment of Gestational age, reflexes and anthropometry265-278
Chapter-24Ayurvedic Approach to examination of Newborn279-306
Protocol for Ayurvedic Approach to Examination of Newborn296-306
Chapter-25New Born Care307-329
How to receive the baby307-309
Navajatha Shishu Paricharya Introduction309-310
Nala Chedana311-313
Mukha-Vishodana, Pichu Dharana, Ulbha Parimarjna313-316
Neonatal Bath - Shishu Snana316
Baby Massage-shishu Abhyanga317-318
Jatakarma Samskara and Garbodaka Vamana318-320
Aseptic living condition for newborn - Kumara Raksha vidhi320-324
Mani Dharana, Baby bed (shishu Shayya)324-326
Neonatal care in book-Arogya Kalpa Druma326-329
Chapter-26Activities of the Baby after Birth330-334
Chapter-27Resuscitation of Sick newborn335-347
Introduction to instruments used in Resuscitation345-347
Chapter-28Resuscitation in Ayurveda (Prana Prathyagamana)348-364
Condition which demands -Prana Prathyagamana348-351
Resuscitation in Ayurveda-stimulation of Respiration352-364
Chapter-29disorders of Weight and Gestation365-381
Preterm baby (modern and Ayurvedic concepts)365-369
Small for gestational age (modern and Ayurvedic concepts)369-374
Post term baby (Modern and Ayurvedic concepts)374-375
Twin Babies (modern and ayurvedic concepts)376-378
Management of extremely Low birth weight babies378-380
Feeding in Low birth weight babies as per ayurveda380-381
Chapter-30Neonatal Symptomolgy382-405
Vedana Adhyaya382-391
Protocol for assessment of Vedana Adhyaya391-394
Common neonatal problems 395-405
Chapter-31Neonatal disorders406-435
Ulbhaka and meconium aspiration Syndrome406-409
Prasava Kala Abhigathaja vyadhi (Birth Injuries)410-411
Septicemia and Jatha Harini412-416
Radana and Navajatha Shishu Chardhi416-418
Disorders of newborn like, Rashes, Sadanta Janma, pale baby418-422
Disorder of temperature Regulation-Hypothermia422-425
Navajatha Shishu Kamala425-431
Navajatha Netra Abhishayandata431-432
Rakta Vishamayata432-433
Rakta Sravi vikara (Neonatal Bleeding isorders)433-434
Chapter-32Ayurvedic concept of fetal monitoring436-440
Chapter-33Genetic disorders in Kaumarabhritya441-454
Ayurvedic consideration of genetic disorders441-444
Juvenile diabetes mellitus441-446
Sickle cell disease448-450
Down's syndrome450-451
Turner's syndrome451-452
Klinefelter's Syndrome452
Muscular Dystrohy452-454
Chapter-34Infectious Disorders in Kaumarabhritya455-483
Chicken pox and romantika455-458
Measles and Masurika458-461
Typhoid fever and Antrika Jwara463-466
Neonatal meningitis469-471
Dengue fever477-478
HIV in Children478-479
Section Six: Feeding and Nutrition in Kaumarabhritya
Chapter-35Feeding and Nutrition in Kaumarabhritya484-543
General Introduction to Stanya and its qualities, Vridhi, Kashya, stanya sampath etc484-489
Examination of Stanya (Breast milk), Indication and contraindication of breast feeding490-492
Concept of Animal milk492-503
Modern concept of Breast milk Reflexes, advantages, indications, Contraindications, Adquacy immunology, role of breast milk in brain growth, difference with other animal milk etc.503-514
Concept of artificial milk feeding in Ayurveda-Stanya abave Kimdeyam514-516
Modern concept of Artificial milk feeding516-518
Breast feeding method518-519
Common problems of breast milk feeding520-521
common Breast feeding problems as per Ayurveda 521-523
Breast milk Vitiation and its causes523-524
Pancha Kasheera Dosha as per Hareetha524-526
Asta vidha Stanya dusti and symptomatology as per charaka and its treatment526-543
Chapter-36-Concept of Dhatri in Ayurveda544-556
Introduction and Examination of Dhatri and its importance544-551
Dhatri Chikitsa551-554
Understanding concept of Dhatri in present day practice554-556
Chapter-37Concept of Stanya Shodana and Vardhana in Ayurveda557-562
Chapter-38Weaning Stanyapanayana563-567
Ayurvedic concept of weaning563-567
Modern concept of weaning565-567
Major Books ReferredI-III

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