About Maharishi Vagbhata

Maharishi Vagbhata is one of the most influential classical writers of Ayurveda. His life duration was 135years. Several works are associated with his name as author, principally the Ashtangasangraha and the Ashtangahridyasamhita . Both works make frequent reference to the earlier classical works, the Charaka Samhita and the Sushrua Samhita. Vāgbhata is said, in the closing verses of the Ashtanga Sangraha, to have lived in Sind (today in Pakistan), and to have been the son of Simhagupta and pupil of Avalokita. He was a vedic, as is shown by his explicit praise for the Shiva by name at the start of the Ashtangasangraha, and his praise of the Shiva under the title "Unprecedented Teacher" in the opening verse of the Ashtanga hridayasamhita. His work contains syncretic elements. Vagbhata was a disciple of Charaka. Both of his books were originally written in Sanskrit with 7000 sutra. According to Vagbhata, 85% of diseases can be cured without a doctor; only 15% of diseases require a doctor.

Vagbhata are considered to be "The Trinity" of Ayurvedic knowledge, with Vagbhata coming after the other two. According to some scholars, Vagbhata lived in Sindh around the sixth century. Not much is known about him personally, except that he was most likely to have been a vedic, as he makes a reference to Lord Shiva in his writings, and his sons, grandsons, and disciples were all vedic. It is also believed that he was taught Ayurvedic medicine by his father and a veda monk, named Avalokita.

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