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2015, Vol. 7, Issue 1

Some Internal Diseases and their Medicines or Treatments as Reflected in the Atharvaveda

Author(s): Maumita Bhattacharjee

Abstract: Vedas are the store house of all kinds of knowledge. Ṛgveda, Yajurveda, Sāmaveda and Atharvaveda are the oldest recorded documents on earth. They are not only a collection of religious text but also represent the various aspects of the ancient Indian civilization. Among the four Vedas, the medical topics have been dealt primarily in the Atharvaveda. The Indian medical science recognizes the Atharvaveda as its source. The Atharvaveda is a curious treasury of medicine in its various stages of evolution. Atharvaveda is a collection of spells which deals with diseases, demons and monsters, remedy of diseases, binding up of a vain, worms, jaundice, snakebite etc. These types of hymns of the Atharvaveda are known as Bhaiṣajyāni Sūktāni. This Veda identifies the causes of various diseases and a variety of incantations or plant-based drugs in order to counter the diseases. Charms to cure all these diseases are given in the Atharvaveda and practice concerning these charms is given in the Kauśikasūtra. In the Atharvaveda, the early beginnings of an art of healing and knowledge of healing herbs are found. Several diseases like Yakṣman, Takman, Jalodara, Kuṣṭha, Atisāra, Balāsa, Hariman, Kṛmi, Kilāsa, Palita, Apacit, Snake bite etc. are discussed in the Atharvaveda. This paper is an effort to present some internal diseases and their medicines as reflected in the Atharvaveda.

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Maumita Bhattacharjee. Some Internal Diseases and their Medicines or Treatments as Reflected in the Atharvaveda. Prācyā. 2015; 7(1): 131-137.