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AAM. 2018; 7(3): 96-103

Exclusivity of the Bower Manuscript- Naavaneetakam

Yashashree Vasant Joshi.


Literature research is of much importance in Ayurveda as Ayurveda fraternity accepts the information depicted in the original and ancient Ayurveda Sanskrit Texts. Research of Ayurveda literature is not confined to Ayurvedic Samhitas only but is extended to allied literature including Manuscript studies. Naavaneetakam is a part of the Bower Manuscript (BMS) - one of the oldest birch bark manuscript and is unique in many respects. It is a compendium of prescriptions for various diseases. The manuscript contents some attention-grabbing information regarding various formulae which includes different indications, unusual etiology of some conditions and unfamiliar names of a few diseases. Such atypical information along with brief information of the BMS is explored to Ayurveda fraternity through this article. All these exclusivities of the BMS have potential to provide the nucleus for applied research.

Key words: Bower Manuscript, Literary Research

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