A REVIEW FROM CHARAKA SAMHITA ON VEGASANDHARANA - AS A VYADHIHETU
Dr. Jivan Prabhakar Hanwate* and Dr. Shital O. Chavan
Ayurveda is a science of life. Ayurveda deals with good, bad, blissful and sorrowful life, and with wholesome and unwholesome for it, longevity and about what AYU (life) is in itself. Vegadharana is made up of two words, vega and dharana Vega means natural urges and dharana means suppression therefore vegadharana means forceful suppression of natural urges. Natural urge (vega) is body’s mechanism to expel these products. Acharya Vagbhata suggested that one should immediately attend to natural urges, whenever they come, without being busy in any other activity. Acharya Charaka has emphasised on taking good care of body and explained this with this example like the lord of a city take care of the affairs of his city with first priority, and like a charioteer in the management of his chariot, so should a wise man be ever vigilant in the caring of his own body. If not attended in time vegdharana could lead to various diseases. We can find the references of this fact in Charak Samhita. So, an attempt is made here in this article to collect and explain all the references of vegadharana as a hetu in charaka Samhita to emphasise the fact that vegadharana is really a very important etiopathological cause of many diseases and we can prevent them by just educating people about vegadharana.
Keywords: vegadharana, charak Samhita, vyadhihetu.
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