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.