A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF METALS AND MINERALS OF VANGASENA
Authors: R. Vidyanath, K.J. Lavanya Lakshmi, K. Nishteswar
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Vangasena Samhita of Vangasena belongs to Bengal region is considered as the first comprehensive Ayurvedic treatise of medieval India, as it contains pathology, description of diseases along with the principles of treatment, different pharmaceutical preparations,
prognosis and dietetics. It also gives us information about the practice of Ayurvedic medicine during 12th century AD. During the course of critical study of this compendium along with plentiful of herbs, as many as 35
metals and minerals are identified. The present study has been taken up to find out the utility of various metals and minerals in different disease conditions during medieval period.