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Aachaarya Charak, around 600 BC, has been crowned as the Father of Medicine.
His renowned work, the "Charak Sanhitaa", is considered as an encyclopedia
of Aayur Ved. His principles, diagnoses, and cures retain their potency and
truth even after a couple of millennia. When the science of anatomy was confused
with different theories in Europe, Aachaarya Charak revealed through his innate
genius and enquiries the facts on human anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, blood
circulation and diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, etc.
In the "Charak Sanhitaa" he has described the medicinal qualities and functions of 100,000 herbal plants. He has emphasized the influence of diet and activity on mind and body. He has proved the correlation of spirituality and physical health contributed greatly to diagnostic and curative sciences. He has also prescribed and ethical charter for medical practitioners two centuries prior to the Hippocratic oath. Through his genius and intuition, Aachaarya Charak made landmark contributions to Aayur Ved. He forever remains etched in the annals of history as one of the greatest and noblest of Rishi-scientists.
Charaka Sanitaa was compiled by a meeting of sages under the leadership of Indra (Lokpaal of the East Direction). Charak was originally a group of 12 Shaakhaa (branches) of Krishn Yajur Ved. 86 Shaakhaa of Krishn Yajur Ved were spread over all 7 Dweep (continents) as described in Charan Vyooh of Shaunak.
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/05/13