Sharangadhara Samhita was one among Laghu Trayee.
Who is the author of Sharangadhara Samhita?
The author of “Sharangadhara Samhita’ was Sharangadhara the elder son of Damodara and the grandson of Raghavadev.
Sharangadhara Samhita Chapters and division
The whole treatise consists of 3 divisions, 32 chapters and 2,600 verses.
1st Division – Poorva Khanda -7 chapters.
2nd Division Madhyanma Khanda – 12 chapters.
3rd Division – Uttara Khanda 13 chapters.
Sharangadhara Samhita Poorva Khanda
Poorva Khanda deals with the types of medicinal formulations, examination of the pulse, processing the food items, numerology of diseases, technical terminology, physiology, anatomy, physiology etc.
Sharangadhara Samhita Madhyama Khanda
Madhyama Khanda contains 12 chapters and deals with Pancha Vidha Kashaya Kalpanas, Swarasa, Kalka, Quatha, Seeta, Phanta, Preparation of various types of Powders, Pills, Lehyas, Oils, Asava, Arishtas, Minerals andMetallic Preparations ete.
Sharangadhara Samhita Uttara Khanda
Uttara Khanda contains 13 chapters and deals with Panchakarma, hygienic principles, external applications, ophthalmic treatments etc.
As the style of presentation was different from that of the other treatises; so many commentaries were written on this work by various scholars like Adhamalla, Kasiram Vaidya, Rudra Bhatt etc.
Specialty of this Sharangadhara Samhita
Classification of the seasons according to constellations.
Examination of the pulse.
Definitions for various technical terms like Deepana, Pachana etc.
Detailed classification of diseases.Sodhana, Marana procedures of mineral drugs.
Importance of Panchakarma techniques in the treatment.
Use of single drug formulations ete.
Commentaries and Commentators on “Sarangadhara Samhita”
1. Dipika Adhamalla
2. Gudardha Dipika Kasiram Vaidya
3. Ayurveda Dipika Rudra Bhatt.
4. A Commentary Vopadeva