The oldest system of medicine Ayurveda, is a combination of science and philosophy that aspires for the perfect health and development (physical, mental, social and spiritual ) of the individual and the society. The utility of this science consists in the maintenance of health in the healthy and quieting of diseases in the ailings. It is a science of longevity and perfect health which is based on sound fundamental principles which are the highest generalization and have been formulated by various inductive methods and proved by deductive applications.
In the present book Authors have tried their best to present the basics for Dravyaguna in very elaborative and simple way so that all the parameters of dravya (related to drug actions) namely Guna, Rasa, Vipaka, Virya, Karm and Prabhava etc. be easily understood along with brief description of pharmacy (Kalpakhanda) as it is believed to be a part of Dravyaguna. During description special attention has been given regarding references taken from the original texts in form of footnotes wherever necessary which will be very much beneficial in understanding the facts.
Further more, regarding identification of plants through their taxonomic approach an effort has been made to as certain their identity (family wise). In addition to these a glossary related with specific identifying characteristics with topographic representation in separate section will be proved helpful.
In view of above efforts this book will give a new guideline in understanding the basics of Dravyaguna and so Ayurveda as a whole to the students to serve the sufferings Via Ayurveda, the science of life and certainly the oldest system of medicine.