Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Medicine (Hinduism)

  • Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_60-1


The genetic and archaeological evidence indicates that ancient Hindus had a vast amount of medical knowledge which gradually evolved through trial and error and by mutual exchange of know-how between diverse races and communities [1]. In the Ramayana, there is a reference to a magical herb, namely, Sanjeevani. It is believed that this herb could cure any malady – the herb was so powerful that it could even revive a person from the deathbed. This medicine is mentioned in the Ramayana when Meghnad gave a mortal wound to Lakshma; Hanuman brought this herb from the Himalayas to save his life. In the Mahabharata, Gandhari gave birth to a lump of flesh which was cut into a 101 pieces by Vyasa, and later on the lump developed into a girl and 100 boys. The Hindus believe in the narratives of Ramayana and Mahabharata, and following that they claim that ancient Indian medical science was more developed than the present time [3]. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro sites...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia