Referred to as the Father of Medicine, Charaka was born around 300 BC and was the court physician of the Buddhist King Kanishka.His renowned work, the “Charak Samhita”, is considered as an encyclopedia of Ayurveda.
His principles, diagnoses, and cures retain their potency and truth even after a couple of millenia. When the science of anatomy was confused with different theories in Europe, Acharya 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 Samhita” 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, Acharya Charak made landmark contributions to Ayurveda. He forever remains etched in the annals of history as one of the greatest and noblest of rishi-scientists.~ Parikshitt Sai