The author of this book after 4 decades of teaching the subject in English medium at Govt. Ayurvedic Medical College Bangalore/Mysore has written this book according to the needs of the students and for easy understanding the subjects. Most of the writings are from class notes which are accepted by the students of BSAM/BAMS courses. It is according to CCIM syllabus. For some reference of the topics, the footnotes have been restricted but the references are given there itself.
Upto chapter eleven the basic principles of Dravyaguna has been covered according to classical texts. Modern equivalent terminologies have been used very carefully to avoid confusions and difference of opinions. In chapter eleven some more Karmas, other than mentioned in Syllabus are included which are very common in practice on questioned in viva and practical examinations. Chapter twelve Dravyanamakarana consists of three topics they have been dealt in detail and separately. In chapter fifteen Dravyaguna Itihasa, the author has included the scholars of modern period upto Prof. P.V. Sharma. Mentioned about Indian Medicine central council Act. 1970; CCIM, CCRAS, RAV, etc, Pharmacopoeia laboratory Ghaziabad API, AFI, etc. In chapter sixteen on Nighantus, the Bhavaprakash Nighantu has not been included in CCIM syllabus, the author has discussed about it, because of the importance of this nighantu. This work in English will fulfil the dearth of texts in English language and specially on the basic principles of Dravyaguna-vijnana.
I have written this book after four decades of teaching the subject of Dravyaguna in English medium at Government Ayurvedic Medical College, Bangalore/Mysore upto August 1999 and at ALN Rao Memorial Ayurvedic Medical College, Koppa, Chickmagalur till August 2006. Most of the writing are from my class notes which were accepted by BSAM/BANS Students.
This work is according to CCIM syllabus for BAMS Courses. All the four chapters prescribed in the syllabus has been written. They are (a) study of drugs in detail, (b) Study of drugs in non-detail, (c) Drugs of animal origin and (d) Groups of Drugs. The synonym for detail study of drugs has been covered from different Nighantu like Paryaya Ratnamala, Saushruta Nighantu. Ashtanga Nighantu and Priya Nighantu alongwith other commonly known Nighantus with their references. This plants are described according to synonyms too.
The swaaroopa or the morphological charading of the plant has been described according to botany from different Floras. Completed description is given for detail drugs and salient points are given for the study of non-detail drugs, thereby the vague descriptions of the plants are avoided because the students are well aware of Botany. The part used of each detail drugs is also described.
In the appendix, I have given the list of dissertations done by MD (AY.) Dravyaguna students from different Post-Graduate Centres in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. If anyone interested in knowing more about the drugs may get references from the concerned colleges. This will help in avoiding the repetition of dissertation work in P.G. Courses.