- Hardcover: 841 pages
- Publisher: Chaukhambha Publications; 2016 edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8189798502
- ISBN-13: 978-8189798505
- Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.5 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ayurvedic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants Dravyagunavignyan 2016th Edition
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“The English translation of Dravyagunavignyan of Vaidya V. M. Gogte has impressed me as a brilliant exposition of the basis of Ayurveda termed by Charaka as Yuktivyapasraya chikitsa (rationalistic medicine.)
“the book entitles ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology And Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V. M. Gogte is a comprehensive study of the basic principle of Dravyapgunavignyan. It will be useful for clinical practice in Ayurveda and for further research work in the subject of Dravyaguna.”
“Dravyagunavignyan by revered Vaidya Vishnu Mahadev Gogte, Ayurvedteerth, is a monumental landmark publication of Ayurveda. But it was inaccessible to those who do not know Marathi language. It is not an easy task to translate such a voluminous publication into English. I congratulate the Academic Team of Bhavan’s SPARC for accomplishing this hard task and putting this repository of knowledge for the benefit of scientists, academicians and Ayurvedic and Modern clinicians. Such endeavours are needed so as to protect the Intellectual Property Rights and exhibit the strong knowledge base preserved by Indian scholars.”
“I am amazed by the conceptual clarity the rock solid foundation if his fifty years of experience in teaching Dravyagunavignyan, as well as his rich interaction with other scholars shines through.
“The scientists at Bhavan’s SPARC and Dr. Jaya Gogte have done a commendable job in enlightening the English-speaking world with the essentials of this timeless classic in Marathi. While the world is reeling under the weight of prohibitively expensive modern medicine and looking for the science of complementary systems, this book comes
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I would like to thank the bublishers - Chaukhambha Publications for publishing this fantastic book. It is really the best english language book on Dravyagunavigñan available on the market, and really far superior to the one by Dr. J.L.N. Sastry. The book is written in very good english, very well laid out and really excellent pre-publishing work has been done. I would like to thank Dr. Gogte, the publishers and the entire translators & specialists team for doing this work.
However, there is one significant shortcoming that I have came across. It is the choise made by translators to translate all the medical effects of the herbs, known as karmas, to english, and omitting the originals sanskrit terms. This, while making the text easy to read, often becomes problematic, since we practitioners are thinking in terms of the sanskrit karma, and the sanskrit word conveys the meaning much better and deeper than the english word. Since karma is so significant part of the action of the dravya (substamce), the sanskrit term should have been retained, at least in brackets).
In the Part I (Basic Principles of Dravyagunavigyan), Chapter Ten (Karma), lists the karmas only in english (p. 196-199), without mentioning the original sanskrit term. This is actually very misfortunate decision by the translators, as nowhere else the terms are explained, and the result is very confusing. Yes, it is nice that different actions are listed in english. But like this it becomes just a listing of english words, and not an elaborate explanation of the karmas. With this listing, one does not actually learn much.
Later on in the book, in the Part II (Medicinal Plants) the karmas are often given in sanskrit (tridoshanashak, kaphavatashamak, tridoshaghna, pittavardhak etc) for the doshic effect, which is fine and correct. But these terms are not explained properly anywhere in the book, as the tranlators had chosen to omit the sanskrit terms in Part I (Karma, p. 196-1999).
Also more descriptive and specific sanskrit karmas, such as sagnyasthapak, shirovirechan, kaphaghna, kusthaghna, medogami, tvachagami, raktapittavaradhak, brimhana are mentioned in Part II, but they are not explained anywhere in the book. This is a shame. The part I (Karma) would have been the right place to do it, and I am sure Dr. V.M. Gogte did it in his original Marathi work.
I'd like to suggest the publishers to provide a list or table, where all the karmas are listed in sanskrit with proper english translations. This list could be published as errata on publisher's website, Facebook page etc, and then later on incorporated in the future editions of this book.
For instance as follows:
(I) Action on nerves / nervous system - (8)
1) Medhya rasayana - Brain tonic
2) Madakari – Intoxicant
3) ?? – Consciousness restoring
4) ?? – Sedative
5) ?? – Causing insomnia
6) ?? – Analgesic
7) ?? – Convulsant
8) ?? – Anticonvulsant
(II) Actins on the senses - (20)
1) Chaksusya – Strengthening the eyes