What is Dravya? – Intro to Ayurvedic Phamacopoeia


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Have you ever wanted to know more about herbs?  This 37 minute audio recording is Vaidya Mishra’s introduction to his 60 hour course on Dravya Guna Vaidya (Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia).

We recommend that you get the entire course from beginning to end.  It can be purchased for download in large sections in the Long Audio Courses area of this site.  But if you want to download the smaller lessons one by one, they are all available here in the Short Audio Courses section for $0.99 each for a limited time only.

What You Will Learn in This Section of the Course

Vaidya Mishra goes back to the original Sanskrit texts to explain the word dravya and everything it signifies in Ayurveda.  In this talk you will understand the sounds that make up the word dravya guna and how they contribute to the meaning of the words.  You will also learn what are the main properties we consider when looking at any dravya (material) used in Ayurveda.

We will also learn about two main types of botanical dravyas and the importance of each.  Several general classes of dravyas will also be mentioned.

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 a PDF file (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and an MP3 file (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 PDF’s sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanskrit verses.  If you learn visually, reading along with the PDF will be helpful.

We also recommend reviewing the PDF, and re-listening to the MP3 file many times, so that you begin to recognize the knowledge and own it.  These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player so you can 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.


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: info@prana-center.com. You may also visit: www.vaidyamishra.com, or www.chandika.com

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