Bhasiajya Ratnavali is one of the most important classical in Ayurveda written by Sri Govinda Das Sen. This is a compendium of doctrines, disease, diagnosis, drugs and diet apart from behavioural regimen attributed in different conditions. This book is a treasure house of Pharmaceutics, as it deals with very simple drug formulations to highly complex formulations, commonly used preparations, tested and trusted, experienced by great scholars. Most of the Ayurvedic drugs are available in the market in India as well as abroad and also in AFI (Ayurvedic Formulatory of India) are taken from Bhaisajya Ratnavali. This book is as essential as Bhagvad Gita for the pure Ayurvedic Physicians and Ayurvedic drug manufactures as well. This book is also an ornament to the academicians, students of under graduation, post graduation and doctorate level also as it deals with more than 100 diseases, thousands of formulations of herbal and mineral preparations. The asset of this book is inclusion of very single ingredient svarasa preparations to multiple ingredients of rasausadhies in order to give the scope to select the formulation as per the need of the physician based on the condition of the patient.
The English translation of this highly praised classic “Bhaisajya Ratnavali” is done by Dr. G. Prabhakara Rao who is post graduate and doctorate in Rasa Shastra and Bhaisajya Kalpana from the Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences and Banaras Hindu University. He presented this book in very systematically and methodically in two volumes. Maximum cross references, clarity of the text and modern measurements in formulations and schematic presentation of the formulations are few salient features of his translation. This book is highly useful for the practitioners of Ayurveda, drug manufacturers, student fraternity, teaching faculty and researches as it contain all the essential subjects of Ayurveda.