The subject matter of the work is the studies of the medicinal plants recorded in the compilation of Dhanvantari Nighantu. The compilation in one of the oldest available Nighantus and the topmost authority on the subject of Ayurvedic botany and the pharmacodynamical actions of drugs on human body.
The original work of this compilation is the nearest to the classical texts of Ayurveda such as Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata etc., hence the compilation is helpful to know and identify the plants recorded in the classical books. For the understanding of the arrangements of the subject of identification and confirmation of plants of this Nighantu, a particular method is adopted in his work and unless it is carefully studied, the work cannot be understood thoroughly. The Author has explained this method under the heading 'Proforma'.
Two chapters with comments by Late Vd. D. K. Kamat were published in 1972 & in 1979. Due to pancity of funds the Sanskrit text was not included at that time. In the present edition all the chapters with Sanskrit text, with different readings from various Mss and books, English translation of the text and notes, latest nomenclatures changes of the plants are included.
The Ist volume with comments by Late Vd. D. K. Kamat was welcomed by great scholars of Ayurveda by Late Pd. Shiv Sharma, Dr. C. Dwarkanath etc.