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Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Nov;58(6):413-6. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.119945.

Skin in health and diseases in ṛgveda saṃhiṭa: an overview.

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Consultant Dermatologist, Skin Clinic, Asansol, West Bengal.


Ṛgveda is the oldest religious book of the Aryans. It picturises the early lives of the Aryans. We get mention of various diseases in this Veda. Skin - both in health and diseases had caught attention of the Vedic sages. Skin was not merely an organ of attraction and look but its colour was important socially. Mentions of various diseases like leprosy, guinea worm, jaundice etc., are interesting. Mention of different disorders of the nails and hair are also there, though in a very primitive and mystic form. Management strategy was consisted of herbs, amulates, chanting of mantras, touching the body, uses of water and sunrays etc. This may be presumed that this Veda founded the base for the Āyurveda of the later period.


Veda; skin diseases; Ṛgveda Saṃhiṭa

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