I. Clinical application of Ayurvedic remedies
II. Price list of Ayurvedic preparations:
- Churnas (Powder mixtures)
- Avalehas (Confections)
- Rasas (Mercurial preparations)
- Miscellaneous preparations
III. Vocabulary of Sanskrit drugs into Latin
IV. Diet tables
V. Poisons and their antidotes
VI. Pulse rate
IX. Indian and English weights compared
X. Doses proportionate to age
This book is actuated by two motives. In the first place to supply to native physician a sort of the guide in their profession. The original works of Ayurvedic medicine are in Sanskrit; there are very few reliable translations of these works. In the second place, many doctors have latterly taken to the use of native drugs either out of respect to our Ayurveda or the patient demand them.
These doctors have no time to study the Sanskrit texts of Ayurvedic medicine and their scientific training does not allow them to make experiments on human lives, of drugs about which they know nothing definite.
In preparing this book the prescriptions were taken from Charaka, Sushruta, Vriddha, Vag Bhatta Astanghridaya, Rasahridaya, Sharangdhar, Bhavprakash, Rasa Ratna Samuchachaya, Yoga Ratnakar, Bhaishajya, Ratnavali, Nighantu Ratnakar and other, and for symptoms of diseases Madhav Nidhan is consulted.
This book is made up of three divisions:
- An index of diseases
- An index of medicines
- Miscellaneous information for Vaidyas.
The index of the diseases is alphabetically arranged and an index of their Sanskrit names is given at the end. So that one can easily find the treatment of any disease, if one knows either its English or Sanskrit name.
In the second division, decoction, powders, pills, tablets, confection etc. are shown separately, and then under each heading, they medicines are arranged alphabetically; so that if any one knows whether a particular drug is a pill or decoction or powder he can find it out at once under its proper heading. For other there is also a general index of all the drugs at the end.
In the third division, hints are given as to the general regimen in different cases, urine examination, tables of weights and measures etc. A separate chapter on diet has been included. The doses prescribed herein are only general and will require modification, in particular cases. The dose depends upon the condition of the patient, the stage of the disease, the age of the patient, his habit etc. A short chapter on diagnosis of diseases by urine examination is also included.
The book will be of immense use to general reader as well to the practitioner of medicine.