SVA Pharmacopeia Section 1


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This is part one of a 60 hour course on Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

Do you feel frustrated by Ayurveda because you lack and understanding of its herbs and how they work in the body?  Do you get confused by conflicting teachings about Ayurveda? Do you seek practical knowledge of the human body according to Ayurveda and how to keep it in a state of balance?

Until this course, Vaidya Mishra has focused primarily on the vibrational aspects of Ayurveda (prana – soma, agni and marut, mantras, etc.).  Now will begin the study of the physical materials (dravyas) used in Ayurveda.

It’s Time to Dive Deeply into the Ocean of Knowledge

Vaidya Mishra’s specialty is to go back to the original Sanskrit texts and explain word by word the practical wisdom contained there.  You will gain confidence from this this knowledge because it is not a modern teacher’s opinion or interpretation, but is rooted in the ancient shastras (or texts).  You will not find translations of the sanskrit verses, but you will learn the actual Sanskrit itself.  In this way, Vaidya Mishra connects you to the source of Ayurvedic teaching.

In this course you will learn a complete understanding of the body, the tissues, the doshas.  And you will learn how some of the most important Ayurvedic herbs and spices and vegetables affect the state of balance in the body.  With this framework of knowledge you will be able to start using the herbs and spices just as a child begins to put words together to form meaningful sentences. 

The knowledge of dravya guna (pharmacopoeia) is the grammar of Ayurveda.  You must learn the qualities of each herb to be successful in creating health through Ayurveda.

What You Will Learn in This Section of the Course

In this first section of the course you will get an overview of what dravya (Ayurvedic materia medica) is.  You will review and go more deeply into the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), sub-doshas, dhatus (tissues) and shrotas (channels) of the body.  You will also learn the 20 gunas (qualities) used to describe the dravyas (herbs), as well as the rasas (tastes), viryas (potencies), vipakas (after effects), and prabhavas (special properties) used to describe the various herbs in the remainder of the course.

This section of the course is more theoretical than the remaining sections and it provides the basis for understanding all of the herbs listed in the other sections.

How to Use the Course Materials

When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find PDF files (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and MP3 audio files (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes).  You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF documents to make sure that all of the concepts are clear.  The PDFs sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanksrit verses.

We recommend reviewing, and re-listening to these files many times so that the heart begins to recognize and own the knowledge.  These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player and listen in the car.  Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over.  You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.


  • What is Dravya?
  • Two types of Dravya
  • Review of Prana and Soma, Agni, Marut
  • Understanding Vata
  • Prana Vata
  • Udana Vata
  • Samana Vata
  • Apana Vata
  • Vyana Vata
  • Understanding Pitta
  • Pachaka Pitta
  • Ranjaka Pitta
  • Sadhaka Pitta
  • Alochaka Pitta
  • Brajaka Pitta
  • Understanding Kapha
  • Tarpaka Kapha
  • Bodhaka Kapha
  • Kledaka Kapha
  • Avalambaka Kapha
  • Sleshaka Kapha
  • Two Types of Channels
  • Review of Four Types of Ama
  • Classification of Dravyas
  • Rasas (Six Types of Tastes of Dravyas)
  • Anurasas (Sub-Tastes)
  • Classification of Rasas into Two Main Groups
  • Vipaka (Three Types of After Effects)
  • Veerya (Types of Potencies of Herbs)
  • Prabhavas (Special Properties of Herbs)
  • List of Common Prabhavas (Sanskrit Names)
  • The Importance of Sanskar (Combination)
  • Karmas (Actions of the Dravyas)
  • 20 Gunas (Ten Pairs of Gunas, or Qualities)
  • Pranic Concept of Dravya Guna
  • How Diet and Routine Can Disturb the Gunas
  • Seven Dhatus (Tissues) and Seven Agnis (Types of Metabolism)
  • How the Dhatus Comprise the Different Organs in the Body
  • Malas (Waste Products) of the Dhatus
  • Relationship of Dhatus and First Three Layers of the Skin
  • Rasa Dhatu
  • Rakta Dhatu
  • Mamsa Dhatu
  • Meda Dhatu
  • Asthi Dhatu
  • Majja Dhatu
  • Shukra Dhatu
  • Ojas
  • Beginning of Herb Descriptions


This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.


The sole purpose of this blog is to provide information about the alternative healing modalities of Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) as practiced in Vaidya Mishra's ancestral family tradition. The information contained herein is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a licensed health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Otherwise, for more information, you may call Vaidya Mishra's Prana Center toll free in the USA at 1.888.3CHANDI (888.324.2634). or 1.818.709.1005 globally, or email us at: You may also visit:, or

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