Ala Narayana's research while affiliated with Osmania Medical College and other places

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The name and fame of the world famous Homoeopath Dr. James Tyler Kent needs no introduction to those conversant with the system of similia similibus curantur and his monumental works Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica, Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, Lectures on Homoeopathic Philosophy, New Remedies, Lesser Writings, so well-known...
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The age old aphorism that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" crystallizes the essence of concept of prevention of diseases. Prevention is the most effective way to reduce the disease burden in a community. Preservation of the health, promotion of health, prolongation of life and minimization of the sufferings can be achieved through...
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The age old aphorism that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" crystallizes the essence of concept of prevention of diseases. Prevention is the most effective way to reduce the disease burden in a community. Preservation of the health, promotion of health, prolongation of life and minimization of the sufferings can be achieved through...
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INSCRIPTIONS are one of the most important sources of Indian history. They throw light and provide magnificent information about the time, place and situation connected with the details inscribed. Inscriptions either support the known history or clear the myth related to it as they are considered more authentic than other historical sources.1 Most...
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It is seen that many scholarly veterinary practitioners of Andhra Pradesh compiled earlier texts and written down their experiences blending the traditional knowledge into the science. Accordingly, the work on the text available in Andhra Pradesh in Telugu, was taken up in this present attempt. It covers nearly 1830 treatments intended to treat 322...
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Haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan-Terminalia chebula Retz (Combretaceae Family) denotes “a fruit having dark greenish yellow colour, which drives away diseases” The widely acclaimed Ayurvedic drug is the best wholesome substance and safe for bodily passages (haritaki pathyanam). Haritaki enjoys wide patronage in Tibetan medicine also which is known as A...
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Department of AYUSH has launched the online AYUSH Research portal on 18-04-2011 to serve the scientific community for disseminating the research findings in the domain of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy researchers and allied faculties. Main aim of this portal is to show-case the research findings in an organ...
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The Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has granted an Extra Mural Research projects ‘Collection and Digitization of Medical Manuscripts (CDMM) from South India, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, as part of the priority area to develop a centralized repository of medical manuscripts at NIIMH, Hyderabad. The Instit...
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The term Nosology refers to the science of classification of disease. Developments in area represent heterogeneous process spanning across long timelines and geographical areas. Descriptions of Classification of disease are well documented in Ayurveda codified texts and presents compact classification methodology from the very division of medical s...
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The life style and health oriented medical information available in non-medical treatises may possibly be considered as important indicators in understanding the status of ancient medical practices in India and provide new research leads. Pancatantra is one such treatise written by Visnusarma in 300 BC. Its purpose was to impart knowledge, values o...
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In India, beauty aids and cosmetics were in use from pre Vedic and Vedic periods. Earlier these beauty aids and cosmetics were used in social customs and domestic rituals and later gradually became part and parcel of human life. Moreover it is the human tendency to try for individual unique entity to attract his/ her fiancee. There were many refere...
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Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine, practiced since a long time for leading a disease free life. It relies mainly upon the medicinal plants for the management of various ailments. Aragvadha (Cassia fistula Linn.) is a plant drug which is being used in the medicines in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine since ages. It has good ornam...
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Rasa Shastra, one of the Pharmaco-therapeutic branches of Ayurveda, incorporates many of the inorganic, herbo-mineral and metallic pharmaceutical preparations namely Khalviya Rasayana, Parpati Rasayana, Pottali Rasayana and Kupipakwa RasayanaParpati Rasayanas are one among the Rasaoushidhis mentioned in the Ayurvedic classics and the therapeuticall...
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Āyurveda has given a special place to Śalyatantra (Surgery) in its aśṭāṅga (Eight branches). There is dearth of material evidence in support of surgical practices in ancient, medieval, colonial periods of India, in-spite of the fact that Śalyatantra (surgery) has a enough literary wealth available even today. The paper is a collection some of the v...
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Ancient Indian literature has been serving as a source of invaluable knowledge for the origin and development of many sciences including Medicine. The Indian Medicine, Āyurveda, has been flourishing from the time of immemorial and believed to be originated before the beginning of the written history. Before its origin, as independent science its ro...
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While detailing the Rasāyanatantra, Indra makes the sages acquainted with a series of vitalizing (jīvanīya) plants, growing in the Himālayas and Divyauṣadhi (Devine drugs) which endow the user with physical, mental powers equal to gods and a very long life. This section is an echo and reminiscence of R̥gvedic, indo-Iranian nomadic culture, where th...
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Diabetes Mellitus is a well-known clinical syndrome since antiquity. The disease Madhumeha can be taken as Diabetes mellitus of Modern science. In some contexts the word Prameha has also been used as synonym to Madhumeha and vice versa. Earlier Indians were least prone to Diabetes, now they are more prone than any other population in the world. I...
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Many herbal remedies individually or in combination have been recommended in various medical treatises for the cure of different diseases. Ksharsutra- an Ayurvedic para-surgical measure is used the treatment of Nadi Vrana (sinus), Bhagandara (fistula- in - ano), arbuda (excision of small benign tumour) etc. by using different medicinal plants. The...
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Dushtha vrana (chronic infected ulcer) was mentioned as one of the types of Vrana (wound/ ulcer). Sushruta in his Sushruta samhita, a representative treatise of Indian school of surgery, devoted many chapters for the description and management of Vrana. According to modern medicine and recent researches the etiology and pathogenesis of wound and it...
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The article deals with History and evaluation of Aphrodisia (Vajikarana)
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Ayurvedic scholars from Andhra Pradesh made significant contributions to the Ayurvedic literature both in Sanskrit and Telugu languages. Vaidyacintamani of Vallabhacarya (15th century) is one of the most popular among them and is listed under Ayurvedic books of first schedule in The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It consists of 73 Prakarana (chapte...
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Ayurveda stands on its merit due to its long continuum from the past, and the literary wealth it possesses. Till two centuries back the transmission of knowledge was oral, yet over a period of time many of Ayurveda texts were written down to save them for posterity. Due to the advent of printing technology and revived national interest, few of the...
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Indian scriptures discloses cow as a gift of the gods to the human race. It is believed celestial. being born of the churning of the cosmic ocean. The cow represents the Divine Mother that sustains all human beings and brings them up as her very own offspring. Descriptions from Veda, Purana, Upanishat and contemporary literatures reveal multi dimen...
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Musali is a Sukrala dravya (Aphrodisiac drug) and number of formulations mentioned in the classics with Musali as one of the ingredients. There are two varieties of Musali are mentioned in Bhavaprakasa nighantu viz. Sapheda Musali & Kali Musali. Various botanical sources for both Sapheda and Kali Musali have been described in literature. The actual...
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The antiquity of use of medicinal and aromatic plants. polyherbal. mineral based formulations for therapeutic and cosmetic purpose goes back to the Vedic period (6000 B.C.). Ayurvcdic classics further detail about varied applications of aroma in environmental & public health. pharmaceuticals and therapeutics. The scope and therapeutic utility of Ar...
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Oriental and Far East traditions and other ancient traditions are well known for their close-knit family relationships. They have long traditions of respecting elders and ageing is accepted as an essential phenomenon of life and is well accepted with dignity. One can find concrete references with special considerations to Geriatric care in Ayurveda...
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Nyagrŏdha the Banyan tree (Ficus bengalensis Linn.) is a sacred medicinal plant since Vedic times. The English name Banyan is given by the Britishers to this tree because under the tree Banias i.e., the Hindu merchants used to assemble for business. The triad Ganges, the Himalayas and the Banyan tree are symbolise the images of India, hence it is c...
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The history of veterinary medicine is closely tied to the development of human medicine. Evidence of animal medicine has been found in ancient civilizations, such as those of the Hindu, Babylonians, Hebrews, Arabs, Greeks, and Romans. Ancient Indian literature in the form of the holy Vĕda, Purăna, Brăhmaņa, epics, etc. is flooded with information o...
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The whole universe is intermingling into a unit in the period of globalization. Different cultures, life-styles and sciences are co-operating with each other in this situation. World Health Organization is working towards collaborating all prevalent medical sciences for attainment of good health and family welfare for each and every individual by 2...
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Every Society, in its unending process of evolution, devises its own methods of survival in ethical, medical and emotional aspects. The urge for good and healthy living, the desire for longevity of life are not only inherent but also largely evident in all the societies right from the time of its primitivity. Jews are a wonder community. Though neg...
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Astrology is the art of predicting or determining the influence of the planets and stars on human affairs. The origin of this word is from Greek word astron, star + logos (discourse). Both Ayurveda and Astrology have established a way of life in India since time immemorial. Highly advanced knowledge related to Astrology on medicine is preserved in...
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Udumbara is well known drug for its use since ancient times. Atharvaveda considers this as a divine plant and much used in religious sacrifice. It is also called as Yajñodumbara. It grows abundantly in all parts of India. In Ayurveda bark, leaves and unripe fruits etc. are used externally and internally to cure many diseases like Pravahika (Dysente...
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Agnipurana is one amongst the 18 Purana of the Hindu literature. Its title is so because it was narrated by Agni to Vaśistha. It consists of 16000 stanzas distributed in 383 chapters. It has not only the compilation of special topics from different Ayurvedic texts but also carries information regarding some missing links, serets and some issues whi...
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Narahari Pandita, who was the son of Iśvarasuri and resident of Kashmir was an erudite scholar of all branches of Sanskrit learning and was also well versed in regional languages of Karnataka, Maharastra and Andhra. His work Raja-Nighantu is also known as Nghantu Raja or Abhidhana Cudamani. His date may be placed in 17th century A.D. i.e. after Bha...
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Brahmavaivartapurana is one of the important Mahapurana, which is considered as a Vaisnavapurana. The text is divided into four parts called khanda i.e., Brahma, Prakrti, Ganapati, and Srikrsnajanmakhanda. The total number of chapters are 276 and comprising about 20,500 verses. Brahmavaivartapurana comprises both ancient and medieval materials. It...
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To trace out the first person who discovered the first medicine is extremely difficult. Perhaps the origin of medicine and drug and its early history has been lost in myths. The use of medicinal plants dates back not only to human civilization but to ancient people also. Plants have been crucial in sustaining human health and well being of mankind....
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The Purănas are the encyclopedic works of the ancient and medieval Hindu religion, philosophy, history, politics, ethics, sciences etc. There are 18 (Astădaśa) purănas, which are, considered as mahăpurănas, among which Garudapurăna is popular one. The Garudapurăna is divided into two parts viz., Pŭrvakhanda and Uttarakhanda. The first part, which i...
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Palăśa (Butea monosperma (Lamk.) Taub.) is considered sacred both by Hindus and Buddhists. It is known to the Hindus under the Sănskrt name Palăśa as it possesses valuable medicinal properties. This sacred tree is being called the treasurer of the gods and of sacrifice. It grows throughout India except in very arid parts and is a medium sized decid...
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Extraordinary longevity of life, made possible by repeated reading and following of the text Thirumandiram 3000 - written by great Siddhar Thirumŭlar. He the Prince of Mystics is one of the 18 luminous Siddhars and the first and foremost #1 Siva śiddhăndi. Historians and scholars predicted his life period between 5th to 8th centuries AD. In his tea...
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Sŏdhala was a scholar of Ayurvĕda as well as săhitya, Jyotisya, Vyakaraņa and also a good poet who belongs to Gujarat. Sŏdhala contributed two important works to Ayurvĕda literature namely 1. Sŏdhbala nighaņţu, 2. Gadanigraha. Sŏdhala nighaņţu consists of two parts and contains about 2,050 (790+1,260) verses. The section on synonyms, the Nămasangra...
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Aśvattha (Ficus religiosa Linn.) is a tree which has got mythological, religious and medicinal importance in Indian culture since ancient times. As per Vedic Index Aśvattha means horse stand, a place or site or an object where or under which horses stand. Aśvattha is also known as Pipal and Bodhidrma. This tree is the oldest depicted tree in India....
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The study of history of medical science from non-medical sources needs no apology. At first the discussion of what was thought in the past rather than what is known now appears to be of merely antiquarian value. The knowledge of Diet, Dietetics, medicinal plants dates back to the remote antiquity of mankind. The Hebrews can be proud of having prese...
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Pharmaceutical is one of the allied branches of science, which is closely associated with Medical science. Today pharmaceutical chemistry and pharmacognosy are playing important role in treatment for a disease and its prevention. Herbal medicines are being used by about 80% of the world population mostly in the developing countries in the primary h...
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The Păli canon consists of three Pitakas (baskets), which replete the Buddhism and is known as Tripiţaka, viz, Vinaya, Sutta and Abhidhamma Piţakas. The original phase of Tripiţaka (Buddhisim started in 544 B.C. and lastly systematized up to 29 B.C. The Buddhist literature also possesses the esoteric material of Medical Science, which is practiced...
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Mădhavakara, the author of renowned work on 'Nidăna-Rŏgaviniścaya', popularly known as Mădhava Nidăna. It may be the first or earliest compendium detailed description of the diseases based on Nidăna Pancăkam (Five groups of subjects concerned to aetio-pathogenesis). He was the son of Indukara according to the colophon of a manuscript of Văcaspati's...
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Connoisseurs of different areas of learning are apt to hold their particular area higher above all else, as the 'Science of Sciences'. These sciences transmitted to a scholar or to a common man are known through the texts, which are either handwritten or printed. The marvel of accuracy with which the vast literature specially Vedic literature has b...
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Safety and efficacy of a drug mainly depends on the method of preparation. To assess the quality of a finished product, there should be some basic standards as well as methods of preparation. There are several parameters for testing the quality of a chemical drug, which have, are true indicators. So, there is no problem in assessing a synthetic dru...
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Surgery and Medicine are inseparably fused today as essential parts of the art of heeling. Over the millennia of recorded history, Medicine and Surgery have followed separate and largely independent evolutionary pertains. It is obvious that medical care could not have been complete without some surgery in ancient times. This branch of medical skill...
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This Indian Institute of History of Medicine possesses more than 100 medical manuscripts (paper) in Arabic, Persian and Urdu languages. One of the rare manuscripts is known as "Moalejat-e-Hindi", its specialty is that it is on ăyurvĕda in Persian. It contains shlokas in transliterated form. It contains three sections. It has been compiled by the or...
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Man has been fascinated by nature since he evolved from his primitive ancestors, the apes. No doubt to start with, he hunted for food mainly by killing the wild animals, but if there was anything on which he could depend upon with any confidence towards its availability, it was the plant. Not only the fact that a large number of plants provided him...
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The diseases of the Annavaha Srotas (Gastro-Intestinal tract) seem to have been very frequent in ancient India as is evidenced by vivid descriptions on various gastro-intestinal tract diseases in a great length in the treatises of Caraka, Susruta, Vagbhata etc., and some Indian medical classics. The discussions of these diseases reveal a comprehens...

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... To get relief from Dharunaka (Dandruff) the paste of Aragvadha pallava (leaves of Cassia fistula Linn), Dharati phala (fruit of Emblica officinalis), prapunnata (seeds of Cassia tora Linn.) were applied externally. Badara's (Zizyphus jujube Lal.) seed powder was used to make a paste along with butter, honey and jaggery and when applied externally helps in Vyanga (hyperpigmentation) (Penchala et al. 2011). ...
... Unique features of Ayurveda such as individualized approach, seasonal diet, contradictory food (virud dhaahara), contraindication of certain diet were not taken up for scientific work. [25][26][27] Health benefit of vegetables has long been identified by the authors of various classical texts of Ayurveda. 28 Based on this leads from Ayurveda literature, food supplements and prophylactic nutritional interventions may be developed. ...
... Reviews of Indian archaeology state that on the entire subcontinent, the only surviving ancient surgical tools were excavated at Taxila (18,48). The surgical instruments from Taxila are made of almost pure copper (18). ...
... Extracts from different parts of diverse species of plants like root, flower, leaves, seeds, etc. exhibit antibacterial properties were applied on cotton material for wound, healthcare care application. It is a well-known fact that the demand for the herbal drug treatment of various ailments is increasing and plant drugs from the ayurvedic system are being explored more, not only in India but also globally [2] . Haritaki (Terminalia chebula Retz.) is a drug which acquires highest position among all the drugs. ...
... Geophysical attributes of the sampling site are representative of the state's rural regions. The Jawali region has three state government funded primary health centers (HC) catering to the population; the health centers maintains daily outpatient data records in conformity with ICD10 code (Narayana et al., 2010;CBHI report, 2005). The prevalence of state-wide practice of biomass combustion as a primary energy source exists in the Himalayan region, which to a large extent contributes to the poor ambient air quality and high concentration of PM in the environment (Kumar and Attri, 2016). ...
... Minimal attempts have been made to reach at consensual agreement on defining the terminologies and neither any training was proposed to train the end users for using such comprehensive system of Ayurveda disease coding. (8 ) As may be predicted, this attempt of CCRAS could not generate any conspicuous sign of awareness among the people responsible for data keeping in Ayurveda . Only in the recent past, in wake of the developments made by the TCM counterparts and as a prelude to find a place in upcoming ICD revision, some refreshed revival attempts have been made by CCRAS in this direction. ...
... The study population was DC practitioners, who are registered under the Department of Indigenous Medicine Sri Lanka, under Section-55 (1) (e) in Ayurvedic Medical Council (AMC). The study area was selected as respective districts declared by the AMC database [17]. ...
... Ayurveda, Unani, and Chinese. 1 It grows in East Africa, South Africa, China, Brazil, India, Nepal, Mexico, Mauritius, and Pakistan. 2 In Pakistan, it is widely cultivated in the east of the Indus plains continuing north of the Himalayas, it grows to an approximate height of 1,200 m. 3 Whereas, iso-orientin is the active compound of Parkinsonia aculeata L (Leguminosae), a small, spiny tree commonly known as Retama, Mexican Palo Verde, Jerusalem thorn, and Jelly bean tree and is generally found in arid or seasonally flooded areas. The tree is widely distributed in tropical regions of America, India, Hawaii, Egypt, Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, tropical Africa, Australia, and Pakistan. ...
... Previous research in this area either randomized trials 7,8 revealed that all signs and symptoms were decreased by more than 80%, with the reduction being statistically significant. The key clinical symptom of this condition, blood in the stool, was reduced by 93.02 percent, and steroid use was reduced by 80 percent. ...
... Among seventeen research works found through the databases and other; three were reviews [6,13,14] , four research works covered physicochemical analysis [15,16,17,18] , five used pre-clinical evaluation of various samples of avartita ghrita and their respective ekapaki ghrita (ghrita obtained after single processing cycle) [18,19,20,21,22] . Research works involving humans were six; out of that three studies used avartita sneha by oral route, two by nasal route and one used local application [23,24,25,26,27,28] . ...