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A Complete Treatise on Ayurveda : Yogaratnakara (2 Parts)

Edited and translated by Asha Kumari and Premvati Tewari, Chaukhambha Visvabharati, 2010, xlvii, 1360 p, 2 Parts, ISBN : 9788190987172, $105.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

A Complete Treatise on Ayurveda : Yogaratnakara (2 Parts)Contents: Part I. Introduction. 1. Basic concepts of Ayurveda. 2. Diagnosis and treatment of fever. 3. Diagnosis and treatment of diarrhoea. 4. Diagnosis and treatment of grahani (disorders). 5. Diagnosis and treatment of piles. 6. Diagnosis and treatment of depleted digestive fire. 7. Diagnosis and treatment of indigestion. 8. Diagnosis and treatment of parasites. 9. Diagnosis and treatment of anaemia. 10. Diagnosis and treatment of haemorrhagic disorders (raktapitta). 11. Diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. 12. Diagnosis and treatment of cough. 13. Diagnosis and treatment of hiccough. 14. Diagnosis and treatment of dyspnoea. 15. Diagnosis and treatment of svarabheda (hoarseness of voice). 16. Diagnosis and treatment of anorexia. 17. Diagnosis and treatment off vomiting. 18. Diagnosis and treatment of thirst (polydipsia). 19. Diagnosis and treatment of swoon. 20. Diagnosis and treatment of panatyaya (alcoholism), paramada (hangover), panajirna (alcoholic-gastritis) and panavibhrama (chronic alcoholism). 21. Diagnosis and treatment of daha (burning sensation). 22. Diagnosis and treatment of unmada (psychosis). 23. Diagnosis and treatment of bhutonmada. 24. Diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. 25. Diagnosis and treatment of vata-ailments. 26. Diagnosis and treatment of vatarakta (gout). 27. Diagnosis and treatment of urustambha (stiffness of thighs). 28. Diagnosis and treatment of amavata. 29. Diagnosis and treatment of sula (colic). 30. Diagnosis and treatment of parinamasula (duodenal ulcer ?).

Part II. 31. Diagnosis and treatment of udavarta (upwards movement of abdominal gases). 32. Diagnosis and treatment of anaha (abdominal distention with constipation). 33. Diagnosis and treatment of gulma (abdominal lump). 34. Diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases. 35. Diagnosis and treatment of urograha (stiffness of the chest). 36. Diagnosis and treatment of dysuria. 37. Diagnosis and treatment of mutraghata (obstructive uropathy). 38. Diagnosis and treatment of urolithiasis. 39. Diagnosis and treatment of meha (urinary disorders including diabetes millitus). 40. Diagnosis and treatment of medoroga (obesity). 41. Diagnosis and treatment of abdominal ailments. 42. Diagnosis and treatment of sotha (oedema/inflammation). 43. Diagnosis and treatment of muskantravrddhivardhmaroga (scrotal enlargement, hernia and inguinal lymphadenitis). 44. Diagnosis and treatment of galaganda gandamala apaci granthi and arbuda (goitre, lymphadenopathy, scrofula, nodular cystic swelling and tumors). 45. Diagnosis and treatment of elephantiasis. 46. Diagnosis and treatment of abscess. 47. Diagnosis and treatment of vranasotha (inflammatory swelling). 48. Diagnosis and treatment of sadyovrana (acute traumatic wounds). 49. Diagnosis and treatment of burn wounds. 50. Diagnosis and treatment of fractures and dislocations. 51. Diagnosis and treatment of sinuses. 52. Diagnosis and treatment of fistula-in-ano. 53. Diagnosis and treatment of upadamsa (penile and veneral diseases). 54. Diagnosis and treatment of sukadosa (penile diseases). 55. Diagnosis and treatment of kustha (skin diseases). 56. Diagnosis and treatment of sitapitta, udarda and kotha (allergic skin manifestations). 57. Diagnosis and treatment of amlapitta. 58. Diagnosis and treatment of visarpa (erysipelas). 59. Diagnosis and treatment of visphota (boils). 60. Diagnosis and treatment of snayuka (guinea worm). 61. Diagnosis and treatment of masurika (pox). 62. Diagnosis and treatment of minor ailments. 63. Diagnosis and treatment of the oral diseases. 64. Diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the ear. 65. Diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the nose. 66. Diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the head. 67. Diagnosis and treatment of the eye diseases. 68. Gynaecological diseases, diagnosis and treatment of pradararoga (menometrorrhagia). 69. Diagnosis and treatment somaroga. 70. Diagnosis and treatment of yonirogas (gynaecological diseases). 71. Diagnosis and treatment of strigarbharoga (obstetric diseases). 72. Diagnosis and treatment of paediatric diseases. 73. Diagnosis and treatment of poisoning. 74. Description of vajikarana (aphrodisiacs). 75. Recipes for the treatment of complications due to improper use of mercury. 76. Description of the appropriate after-drinks according to the diseases. Bibliography. Appendices.

Yogaratnakara the book of mid seventeenth century, written by yet unknown author, but extremely well known in the Ayurvedic world, is like a sun, throwing light on all aspects of Ayurveda not seen in any other available book on Ayurveda, however, since the book is compiled in the period when surgery was almost not being done by Ayurvedist thus the references of subject matter related to salyavijnana (surgery) are scanty: knowledge of sarira (anatomy) being more important to surgeons also finds itself concised in few verse only. It is probably single available book which describes in detail astavidha pariksa i.e. examination of patients from eight important measures including examination of pulse urine and stool. The book is boon for those who desire to know Ayurveda in depth and practice medicine only, but not dare to fathom the sea of voluminous books, as it describes in detail basic concepts of Ayurveda, herbal herbomineral and metallic preparations along with their identification and properties of individual plant and metals or submetals and also method of purification and killing of metals etc, then method of preparation of recipes as-well-as the dosages and after medications. After elaborating aeteopathogenesis, prodromal and clinical features, prognosis, and complications, etc. detailed preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative methods and also cleansing therapy (sodhana cikatsa) is given.

Present English translation done in simple language makes it accessible to those who are not well verse in Hindi or Samskrta. Thus the book is very useful for students, teachers and research workers all alike. (jacket)
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