Carakasamhita Were First Medical Texts

Carakasamhita, a medical text from the first century CE, and the Susruta Samhita, a surgical text from the seventh century written in Sanskrit were the first medicine books. The material covers plastic surgery, lithotomies, and cataract operations performed circa 49 BCE. Ayurveda, meaning “science of life” in Sanskrit, is a system of medicine that attributes disease to an imbalance in the doshas, three physical forces corresponding more or less to bile, phlegm, and wind. Its principles originated in the Atharvaveda, a collection of magical lore dating back to circa 1500 BCE, brought to India from Iran by the invading Aryans. They also brought three other Vedas that became the sacred texts of Hinduism.

Date:
      50 CE
Location:
      India

Additional Information:

  • The Ancient Ayurvedic Writings – The Ayurvedic Institute
    The Charaka Samhita is believed to have arisen around 400-200 BCE. It is felt to be one of the oldest and the most important ancient authoritative writings on Ayurveda. … It presents most of the theoretical edifice of Ayurveda and concentrates on the branch of Ayurveda called kayachikitsa (internal medicine).
  • Charaka Samhita – Wikipedia
    Charaka Samhita. The Charaka Saṃhitā or Compendium of Charaka (Sanskrit चरक संहिता IAST: caraka-saṃhitā) is a Sanskrit text on Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine). Along with the Suśruta-saṃhitā, it is one of the two foundational Hindu texts of this field that have survived from ancient India.
  • Charaka – Wikipedia
    Jump to Charaka and the Ayurveda – Charaka was one of the principal contributors to Ayurveda, … prominent place than treatment, including restructuring of lifestyle to … popularity and came to be known as Charaka Samhita.
  • Charaka-samhita | Indian medical text | Britannica
    Charaka-samhita, comprehensive text on ancient Indian medicine credited to Charaka, who was a practitioner of the traditional system of Indian medicine known as Ayurveda. … Ayurvedic medicine is an example of a well-organized…
  • Medical geography in Charaka Samhita – NCBI
    Ayurveda, Charaka Samhita, Desha, geography, medical geography … Though attempts were made in past to compile and interpret the geographical …

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