Sushruta Samhita

Definition - What does Sushruta Samhita mean?

The "Sushruta Samhita" is an ancient Sanskrit text that covers areas of both surgery and medicine. It is widely regarded as one of the most important documents on these topics to have reached present day from the ancient past. This compendium is also considered to be one of the main foundations of Ayurveda, which is a traditional form of Indian medicine.

Among the most valuable chapters in the "Sushruta Samhita" are those covering the subjects of surgical training and procedures in a historically unique way.

Yogapedia explains Sushruta Samhita

Some scholars suggest that the "Sushruta Samhita" dates back to the first millennium B.C.E., while some parts of the text may have been even older. There is still a large degree of uncertainty as to how many authors contributed to it and when these various parts were written.

Sushruta, known by some as "the founding father of surgery," is credited as being the main author. He is given the title of Maharishi (great sage). It is believed that he was a physician who lived sometime in the period between 1200 B.C.E. and 600 B.C.E. It has also been said that there were two different people both with the name of Sushruta who wrote parts of the book in different centuries.

Among the many suggestions given for living a healthy life is the need for regular, moderate exercise. This fits well with the aims and practices of many modern yogis. The health benefits of practicing yoga regularly continue to be felt by millions of people today.

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