15 Weeks – 2 Hours Per Week – 100% online
The Carakasaṃhitā is one of the oldest textbooks of Ayurveda representing the school of medicine. The Carakasaṃhitā is exceptional in that it has been preserved for over a period of more than 1500 years, of course, being edited, reconstructed, and expanded in the process. The source of this text is the Agniveśatantra, the date of composition of which is unknown. Agniveśatantra itself is based on the teachings of Ātreya, who is the founder of the school of medicine in Ayurveda. Around the 2nd century BCE, Caraka is said to have extensively edited the work of Agniveśa. He made substantial revisions to the original text that it came to be known henceforth as the Carakasaṃhitā. In the 4th century CE, another scholar Dṛḍhabala restored missing sections of the 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 well-being 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, the vital organs supporting life. Some of the chapters are 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 reading material 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.
In part two of this course, the four chapters (5-8) comprising the Svastha chatushka or quartet on maintenance of health will be discussed. This section covers chapters dealing with daily routine, seasonal routine, natural urges and wholesome conduct. The most important concepts of preventive health in Ayurveda is discussed in this section of Caraksamhitā.
This course is delivered 100% online with set attendance times every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PST. The course runs for 15 weeks.
This 100% online course Carakasaṃhitā Part II includes four chapters from the second quartet – Svasthacatuska dealing with medicines.
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At the end of this course students will:
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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 the preventive aspect of Ayurveda.
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.