Charaka Samhita

Definition - What does Charaka Samhita mean?

The "Charaka Samhita" is also known as the "Compendium of Charaka." It is a Sanskrit text that deals with the traditional Ayurveda medicine that originated in India.

This is one of the oldest surviving Hindu texts to have reached us intact from ancient times. It was compiled sometime before the 2nd century C.E. and is made up of 120 chapters across eight books.

Yogapedia explains Charaka Samhita

The content of the "Charaka Samhita" includes segments on the human body, different diseases and types of treatment. It also covers hygiene, diet and a wide range of diverse medical education.

The overall aim of the book is described as being that of showing what kind of lifestyle leads to a good or bad, happy or unhappy life.

The book is commonly credited to Charaka, although it is thought that many different writers contributed to, revised, and/or edited it.

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