Chapter 4Are Bhasma Nanomedicine of Ancient Times

Archana S Injal

Walchand College of Arts and Science, Solapur University, Solapur, Maharashtra, India

A physician who fails to enter the body of a patient with the lamp of knowledge and understanding can never treat diseases. He should first study all the factors, including environment, which influence a patient’s disease, and then prescribe treatment. It is more important to prevent the occurrence of disease than to seek a cure.Charaka

4.1 Introduction

To understand the concept of the ancient science of Ayurveda, it is imperative that we take a cursory look at the scientific knowledge enshrined in Indian mythology and the old medicinal books of India, and then look at it through the window of modern science. Nanotechnology is a science that has evolved in the late twentieth century. To correlate it with ancient knowledge is a tough job, which we try to do to the best of our ability and knowledge. This demands a cursory look at that ancient period.

4.1.1 Ayurveda: An Age-Old Science that Originated in India with Dhanvantari

Ayurveda is a therapeutic science which takes a holistic approach to treatment, i.e., through mind, body and spirituality. Dhanvantari, the founder of Ayurveda, believed that many things that happen around us at the macro, micro and even smaller invisible level, exert positive or negative effects in three ways; through mind, body and spirituality. According to the ancient Indian concept, people having extra ...

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