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Charak Jayanti 2024 Date – Birth Anniversary Of Acharya Charaka – Ayurveda

Charak Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Acharya Charaka. It is observed on the Shukla Paksha Panchami day in Shravan month. Charak Jayanti 2024 date is August 9. Acharya Charak was one of the principal contributors to Ayurveda, a powerful system of medicine and lifestyle of India. He is known as the editor of the medical treatise entitled Caraka Samhita, one of the foundational texts of classical Indian medicine and Ayurveda.

Charak Jayanti is celebrated through India especially by the practitioners of Ayurveda and traditional medicine. Lectures and free medical camps are organized on the day.

He is believed to have been born in Kashmir and lived during the 1st century BCE.

The term Charaka is a label said to apply to ‘wandering scholars’ or ‘wandering physicians’. According to Charaka, health and disease are not predetermined and life may be prolonged by human effort and attention to lifestyle.

Charaka was the first proponent of "prevention is better than cure" doctrine.

Charaka states that a physician who fails to enter the body of a patient with the lamp of knowledge and understanding can never treat diseases. He should first study all the factors, including environment, which influence a patient's disease, and then prescribe treatment. It is more important to prevent the occurrence of disease than to seek a cure.

No doubt Charaka conceived the germ theory of the causation of diseases, but he rejected the idea that germs are the only causative factors for disease. On the other hand, he had advanced the theory that it is the imbalance of dosas and vitiation of dhatus which are primary causes of diseases, and various germs may grow in the body only when they get such a congenial environment. Both for metabolic diseases and infective ones, correction of the imbalance of dosas and dhatus constitutes the basic principle of all therapeutics. This is a unique feature of the Ayurvedic concept of diseases and their management as enunciated by Charaka in his monumental work, Charaka Samhita.