Vrndamadhava or Siddha Yoga (The First Treatise of Ayurveda on Treatment) (Set of 2 Volumes)

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Item Code: NAI234
Author: Dr. Premvati Tewari and Dr. Asha Kumari
Publisher: Chaukhambha Visvabharati , Varanasi
Language: Sanskrit Text with English Translation
Edition: 2006
Pages: 1210
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0 inch x 7.5 inch
Weight 2 kg
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About the book

Vrdamadhava, a ninth century book also names as ‘Siddhayoga’ with commentary of Sri Kanthadatta/Naraina, dealing exclusively with the treatment of diseases described on the pattern of ‘Madhavaparanamaka’ is a first book of its kind in Ayurveda. Available second edition, albeit scarcely, i.e. ‘Vrndamadhavaparanamaka Siddhayogah’ is based on six manuscripts, amongst which dates of only three mss are mentioned, which range within span of ten years only i.e. between 1628 A.D. to 1638 A.D.. Another available book ‘vrndavaidyaka’ with Hindi translation is based on only one (but different from above) undated ms.

In present book (being published) subject matter from six additional manuscripts ranging from 1427 A.D. to 1788 A.D. thus covering the period of more than 350 years has been included, which gives the glimpse of changes taking place in the pattern of treatment and also its influence on description of mss. Its English translation being published for the first time and inclusion of some important explanations given by commentators makes it more intelligible even to those erudite not able to understand Samkkrita well. The different readings of mss not accepted in the text but given in footnotes render it possible to the reader to ponder over the subject and take his own decision about acceptability of these readings.

In present scenario when world is anxious to know ancient Indian treasure on medical science and Govt. of India also wants to preserve heritage of traditional knowledge, this book is likely to prove a milestone in this direction and be very beneficial for students, teachers as-well-as research workers of Ayurveda.


About the author

Prof. P.V. Tewari A.M.B.S., Ph.D. Adi. Med. Suptd. Mata Anandamayi Hospital (a charitable institution), elder sister of Dr. (Mrs.) Asa Kumari daughter of freedom fighters Late Pt. Rama Sankara Tewari a recipient of Tamrapatra and Mrs. Rama Devi Tewari, Ex. Dean faculty of Ayurveda & Ex. H.O.D. Dept. of Prasuti tantra, I.M.S., B.H.U. has produced large number of D.Ay.M./M.D.Ay. And Ph.D. published more than 250 research papers, edited and translated/authored twelve books. She has been associated with academic/administrative bodies of all important research and academic organizations of Ayurveda of the country. Her book Ayurvediya prasuti Tantra and striroga has received good recognition an awards.

Dr. (Mrs.) Asa Kumari M.A., Ph.D. exponent in Samskrita has acquired special experience of working on manuscripts during her work tenure with NISTADS (project on History of Science and technology during Medieval Period). Besides editing then translating one ms of Ayurveda and translating in Hindi and English one mahakavya (Setubandham). She has been writing articles, poems and stories in different journals and magazines on literary, social and cultural subjects. Her source of inspiration has always been ancient Samskrita literature.



Ayurveda is eternal science and art of life. In early age, the wisdom revealed by seers from time to time appeared in the form samhitas, of which those of Caraka and Susruta are more popular representing the school of medicine and surgery respectively. Thereafter the Age of compilation begins probably in Gupta period and became more dominant in about 7th-8th cent. A.D. when Madhava appeared on the scene. The author selected some particular topic and drew material from the pervious sources adding thereto his own experience and contemporary advances. Perhaps Madhava’s work ‘Rugviniscaya’ (on diagnosis) and ‘Madhavacikitsa’ (on treatment) are the top most one in presenting the style and work of this age.

Vrnda’s work ‘Siddhayoga’ is also called ‘Vrndamadhava’ as it follows ‘Madhava’ in terms of time and pattern. It is also known as ‘Vrndavaidyaka’ (text of medicine by Vrnda), but the original title of the work is ‘Siddhayoga’ as testified by the author himself and the concluding words of Cakrapanidatta in Cakradatta. Vrnda’s work is more advanced than Madhavacikitsa and therefore it was a popular text-book of medicine accepted by Ayurvedic community. Its popularity is proved by the number of manuscripts available in libraries and also that Srikanthadatta the disciple of Vijayarakitsa selected it for commenting upon, but is deficient in many aspects in comparison to Cakradatta, particularly in application of mercurial preparations. In fact, Vrnda’s Siddhayoga stands between Madhava’s work and the Cakradatta. It seems that because of increasing prevalence of mercurial preparations in practice, Cakradatta surpassed and gradually was accepted as the hand-book of medical practice in place of Siddhayoga. The Anandasrama edition of Siddhayoga was regarded as authentic and was based on several manuscripts, but the present work is based on some more manuscripts and as such has added a lot of new material which may be useful for scholars’ as-well-as practitioners.

Prof. P.V. Tewari is an eminent scholar of Ayurveda having long experience of teaching, research and clinical practice. In later years, she developed interest in search and study of Samskrta manuscripts of Ayurveda and started working on this field. In this course she has edited with Dr. Asha Kumari a text ‘Yogacandrika’ of Pandita Laksamana based on eleven manuscripts. Now the present work shows her devotion and sincerity in this pursuit which has contributed and made valuable addition to Ayurvedic medicine. I congratulate her for this important work which would inspire other scholars to work in this field. I also congratulate Dr. Asha Kumari for cooperating in entire work specially for rendering Samskrta text into English making it more accessible to readers at large.



Inspired by the desire of wellbeing of the humanity, its creator Lord Brahma preached Ayurveda, which can quite evidently be seen in vedic literature that-is-why Ayurveda is said to be an upaveda (sub division) of Rgveda or Atharvaveda. Though the eight classified as such. Well classified description was first done in samhitas among which scholars of both the schools i.e. Agnivesa etc. from Atreya School and Susruta etc. from Dhanvantri School authored their respective samhitas (respectively on kayacikitsa and salya-salakya based). These samhitas have though predominance of one subject yet have wholistic approach on Ayurveda such as have descriptions of all the eight subdivisions i.e. methods of protecting good health, energizing methods, aetiologies, clinical features and treatment of all the diseases. This style of creation of Ayurvedic literature persisted uninterrupted for centuries. In seventh century this style took a turn. With the instigation of great physicians Madhava (700 A.D.) wrote a book named ‘Rugviniscaya’ containing short description of diseases with their aetiopathogenesis, complications, prognosis, and clinical features, on the basis of thoughts of many Munis (scholars) with the idea of providing the physicians with a treatise consisting of practical knowledge of diagnosis so that those with little knowledge could also diagnosis so that those with little knowledge could also diagnose the diseases easily. Probably this very Madava authored ‘Madhava cikitsita’ on the treatment of the diagnosed diseases, which is found in the form of manuscripts in some libraries, though the book was published treatise on treatment of diseases. Though some historians contend that ‘Siddhasara’ written by Ravigupta is the first book on treatment, however, ‘Siddhasara’does not deal with only treatment rather it is a treatise on ‘cikitsa-sastra’ (science of treatment),because first four chapters of its first part deal serially with ‘Tantra’, ‘gana’, ‘annapana vidhi’ and ‘aristas’, the twenty eighth is on ‘rasayana’ and ‘vajikarana’, thirtieth deals with ‘pancakarma’, thirty first with kalpa and the rest twenty four chapters have sort description of the five methods of diagnosis, clinical features and treatment of various diseases written in the very style like that of Caraka etc. The second part contains glossary and its index.


Contents (Voluem I)



1. Treatment of Fever 3--90
2. Treatment of Fever with Diarrhoea 91-95
3. Treatment of Diarrhoea 96-116
4. Treatment of Grahani (disorders of grahani) 117-132
5. Treatment of Piles 133-158
6. Treatment of Indigestion etc. 159-177
7. Treatment of Krmi (parasites) 178-181
8. Treatment of Anaemia 182-192
9. Treatment of Haenorrhagic disorders 193-211
10. Treatment of Tuberculosis 212-234
11. Treatment of Cough 235-249
12. Treatment of Hiccough and Asthma 250-256
13. Treatment of Dysophonia 257-260
14. Treatment of Anorexia 261-265
15. Treatment of Vomiting 266-272
16. Treatment of Polydipsia 273-277
17. Treatment of Murcha (swoon) 278-280
18. Treatment of Alcoholism 281-285
19. Treatment of Burning sensation 286-288
20. Treatment of Psychosis 289-296
21. Treatment of Epilepsy 297-302
22. Treatment of Vata (disorders) 303-363
23. Treatment of Vatarakta (gout) 364-379
24. Treatment of Stiffness of Thighs 380-386
25. Treatment of Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis?) 387-405
26. Treatment of Colic 406-421
27. Treatment of Parinamasula (colic during or 422-434
after digestion i.e. duodenal ulcer?)  
28. Treatment of Udavarta (upwards movement of gases) 435-440
29. Treatment of Anaha (abdominal distension due to constipation) 441-442
30. Treatment of Gulma 443-462
31. Treatment of Caradiac ailments 463-469
32. Treatment of Dysuria 470-477
33. Treatment of Obstructive Uropathy 478-482
34. Treatment of Urolithiasis 483-491
35. Treatment of Prameha (urinary disorders) 492-504
36. Treatment of Obesity 505-509
37. Treatment of Abdominal ailments 510-525
38. Treatment of Sothodara (oedema as a consequence 526-528
of abdominal ailments  
39. Treatment of Oedema/inflammation 529-539
40. Treatment of Vrddhi (scrotal enlargement) 540-547
41. Treatment of Galaganda (goitre) etc. 548-560
Contents (Voluem II)


42. Treatment of Elephantiasis etc. 561-566
43. Treatment of Abscess 567-571
44. Treatment of Wound-inflammation 572-584
45. Treatment of Exogenous wounds 585-591
46. Treatment of Fractures and Dislocations 592-596
47. Treatment of Sinus 597-601
48. Treatment of Fistula in Ano 602-606
49. Treatment of Upadamsa (penile and venereal diseases) 607-610
50. Treatment of Sukadosa (penile diseases) 611-614
51. Treatment of Kustha (skin diseases including leprosy) 615-652
52. Treatment of Sitapitta etc. 653-656
53. Treatment of Amlapitta (gestritis syndrome) 657-665
54. Treatment of Visarpa (ertsipelas) 666-669
55. Treatment of Visphota (eruption/blisters) 670-673
56. Treatment of Masurika (pox) 674-683
57. Treatment of Minor ailments 684-708
58. Treatment of Oral diseases 709-732
59. Treatment of the diseases of the Ear 733-745
60. Treatment of the diseases of the Nose 746-752
61. Treatment of Eye diseases 753-807
62. Treatment of diseases of the Head 808-819
63. Treatment of Pradara (menometrorrhagia) 820-825
64. Treatment of Yonirogas (gynaecologic ailments) 826-832
65. Treatment of Female (obstetric) diseases 833-844
66. Treatment of Paediatric diseases 845-853
67. Treatment of Balagraha (graha affliction) 854-859
68. Treatment of Poisoning 860-869
69. Description of Rasayana 870-882
70. Description of Vajikarana (aphrodisiac therapies) 883-896
71. Description of Snehana (oleation) 897-902
72. Description of Sudation 903-906
73. Description of Vamana (emesis) 907-912
74. Description of Puragation 913-920
75. Description of the method of Basti (enema) 921-929
76. Description of methods of Niruha-basti (cleansing enema) 930-941
77. Description of methods of Smoking 942-944
78. Description of methods of Nasya (nasal administration) 945-951
79. Description of Kavala (mouthful retention) 952-954
80. Description of Arista (bad prognostic features) 955-961
81. Swasthadhikara 962-979
82. Misrakadhikara 980-988
Bibliography 989-990
Appendices 991-1144
1. MS. BHU.4 991
2. Examination of Pulse 1057
3. Extra verses added and missing or replaced verses of 1059
Vrndamadhava in other books/mss.  
4. Unit of Weights 1067
5. English equivalent of terms of V.M. relating to therapeutics 1068
6. Modern equivalents to pathological conditions of V.M. 1073
7. Recipes 1097
8. Flora of Vrndamadhava 1107
9. English equivalents of metals, minerals and others 1142


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