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The Carakasaṃhitā is one of the oldest textbooks of Ayurveda representing the school of medicine.
The Carakasaṃhitā has been preserved for over a period of more than 1500 years being edited, reconstructed and expanded in the process. The source of this text is the Agniveśatantra, of which the date of the composition is unknown. Agniveśatantra itself is based on the teachings of Ātreya, who is the founder of the school of medicine in Ayurveda. Around 2nd century BCE, Caraka is said to have extensively edited the work of Agniveśa. He made substantial revisions to the original text that came to be known henceforth as the Carakasaṃhitā. In the 4th century CE, another scholar Drdhabala, a Carakasaṃhitā scholar, also restored missing sections of text.
The Carakasaṃhitā is important for its comprehensive coverage of the principles (tatva), theory (sastra) and practice (vyavahara) of Āyurveda. It also covers the entire scope of Ayurveda in terms of medical treatment as well as spiritual wellbeing, coining the term naiṣṭhikĪcikitsā, or self-transformation as the ultimate solution for all pain and disease. It is an ideal textbook for those who want to explore deeper into the theoretical foundations and philosophy of Ayurveda apart from understanding the principles of treatment.
The Sūtrasthāna is the first section of the Carakasaṃhitā with 30 chapters arranged into 7 quartets of four chapters each. Out of the last two chapters, one chapter is a summary of the section and the last one a summary of the entire text itself. The general topics covered in this section are: treatment, preservation of health, guidelines for healthcare management, cleansing procedures, classification of diseases, guidelines for management of diseases, food and beverages, and the vital organs supporting life.
Some of the chapters are a chronicle of interesting debates between experts of Ayurveda on specific topics. The Carakasaṃhitā is composed in a mixture of verses and prose. It is voluminous compared to other texts like Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayaṃ but gives deeper insights into the theories and philosophy of Ayurveda.
The Carakasaṃhitā is a very interesting read for those who are interested in advanced learning of Ayurveda and the study of Sūtrasthāna is a good preparation to lay the foundation for a learning expedition in the world of Ayurveda. The Carakasaṃhitā Part I includes four chapters from the first quartet– Bhesajacatuska dealing with medicines.
This course is delivered 100% online with set attendance times every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PST. The course runs for 20 weeks.
This 100% online course Carakasaṃhitā Part I includes four chapters from the first quartet – Bhesajacatuska dealing with medicines.
At the end of this course students will:
SCU’s Ayurveda program is offering this course in collaboration with Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham (University). The course will be taught by Vaidya P. Rammanohar from Amrita University.
None. This course is open to all students who want to learn Ayurveda, Ayurveda professionals, or other health care practitioners who would like to have a more in-depth understanding of Ayurveda classical literature.
Acceptance to SCU as a student is not required to attend this course and students do not earn university credit or a grade.
Refund Policy: No refunds are available for this course.