The study of disease commenced with the dawn of intellect. The cave man surely resorted to the plant kingdom as his therapeutical agents and remedial measures. There is no record available for the medicines used by primitive man. The knowledge of medicinal plants must have been accumulated over centuries. The ancient peoples of India were acquainted with medicinal herbs to a larger extent than the natives of any other country.
The Indian materia medica consists of the Raja Nighantu, the Madanapala Nighantu and the Bhava Prakasha. This work studies all the availableIndia herbs and medicinal plants scientifically, and explains theiruses. Also, a disease wise break up is given. The book is a must forany serious student of medicine, allopathic or ayurvedic.