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Acharya Dridhabala – Contribution to Ayurveda

Acharya Dridhabala – Time Period, Works, Contribution To Ayurveda

Dridhabala was the redactor of Charaka Samhita.

He was the son of Kapilabala.

He was a native of ‘Panchanadapura’, belonging to Kashmir.

‘Panchanadapura’ means the place where the five streams are conjoined. Now it is known as ‘Panjnor’ which is situated about seven miles to the north of Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir.

Vagbhata extensively quoted, Dridhabala in his treatise, Ashtanga Sangraha. It suggests that he must have lived one or two centuries earlier. Cultural data fixes him in the Gupta period. Hence 4th century AD should be considered as the period of Dridhabala.

Seventeen chapters in Chikitsa Sthana, and the entire Kalpa Sthana (12 chapters) and Siddhi Sthana (12 chapters) of the treatise, Charaka Samhita were redacted by Dridhabala.

Redactor is one who elaborates the concise concepts and concise the elaborated concepts and tries to modernize the most ancient work suitable to contemporary needs.

Charaka Samhita was originally composed by Agnivesa in 1000 BC; revised by Acharya Charaka – in the 3rd, and 2nd century AD, and redacted by Dridhabala in the 4th century AD.

Dridhabala not only completed the 41 chapters, which were lost or left unfinished by Charaka but also re-edited the entire book.

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