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Medical Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana

History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana Epic, India
History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in India, South Asia -8
By: Bhishma Kukreti (Medical Tourism Historian)
Epic Valmiki Ramayana is called first Sanskrit Poetry and thought to be dated back five to first BCE.
Valmiki is the creator of Valmiki Ramayana.There are 24000Shlokas and 7 cantos (Khandas) and there are 48002 total words in the epic.
Hindus think that Ramayana is history (Puran) . The epic story is about King Dashratha, his three queens and his eldest son Rama with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana going to forest for fourteen years. Ravana kidnapped Sita and there is battle between Rama and Ravana. There are many other topical stories in Valmiki Ramayana. Most of the time in Ramayana, Rama spent his time in forest. In fact, it is appropriate to state that Ramayana is Forest Touring.
Medicinal Plants in Valmiki Ramayana
In Valmiki Ramayana, there are mentions of a few medicinal plants as –Kutz, Ashok, Kadamb, Sarj, Asin, etc (Atidev, Ayurveda ka Vrihad Itihas page 78)
Medicines mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana
Atidev in Ayurveda ka Vrihad Itihas (page 77.78)offers examples of medicines mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana as
Forest touring with taking education
Rama and Lakshmana visit Forests with Vishwamitra and learned weaponries and many more subjects there through Vishwamitra . (Valmiki Ramayana (VR) , Balkand, 19 – 65 Chapter ).
Knowledge for Medicinal plants by Forest tourists
Rama,Lakshamana and Sita were forest tourists for fourteen years. That clearly shows that the roamers should have knowledge of medicinal plants or medicines as and when is required. In VR, there is mentions of Rama knowing the importance of Gajkand tubor . Rama asks Lakshmna to bring Gajkand for rituals after building hut in Chitrakoot.
अयं सर्व: सम्स्तांग श्रित: कृष्णमृगो मया
देवता देवसंकाश यजस्व कुशलो ह्यासि (VR, Ayodhyakand 65/28)
O Brother! I cooked well the black barked Gajkand that cures all disorder of body, Now , you may perform Vasty Ritual.
It is part and partial for a tourist to take care of his health.
King Dasharatha visiting Fertility improvement expert Sage Rishyashring
Rishyashring sage was expert of rituals for making infertile couples as fertile couples. Emperor Dasharatha was having three wives but was childless. His minister Sumant advised dahsharath for visiting Rishyashring age in his ashram for prforming Ashwamedha yagya for fertility. Dasharatha visited the sage and requested him for performing fertility Rituals. Sage Rishyashring accepted the invitation and visited Dasharatha palace and performed fertility Yajya. Therefater Dasharatha got four children
Visiting a medicine expert for aids and medicine expert visiting the patient are parts of Medical Tourism.
Example of Medical Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana
Valmiki mentions an example of medical tourism in Yudha Kand .When battle between ravana and Rama, Meghnada used most powerful weapon Shakti on Lakshamana and monkey soldiers, Monkeys and Lakshmana got unconscious. Rama called Doctor Vaidya Sushain for curing Lakshamana and monkey soldiers. Sushain advised for medicines Sanjivani before sun rise. However, Sanjivani medicinal plants were found only in Kailash shrine, Uttarakhand Himalaya. Rama sent hanuman for bringing Sanjivani plants or medicines from Himalya. Sushain explained the characteristics of Sanjivani plants (glows in night). Hanuman went flying to Himalaya but was confused and he de-rooted the whole mountain and brought the mountain to Lanka. Monkeys crushed sanjivani plant and Vaidya Sushain extracted medicines from plants and all including Lakshmana became conscious by smelling the medicine. (VR Yudha Kand 74/73)-
तावप्युभी मानुष राजपुत्रौ गंधमाघ्राय महीषधीनाम
वभूवतुस्तन तदा विशल्यावुतस्थुरगये च हरिप्र्वीरा (VR Yuddh kand 74/73)
Valmiki Ramayana is nothing but stories of forest tourists and their managing the forest tour from all angles including security, sustaining environment, guest welcome and care, treating the hosts and tourists taking health care too.
There are many instances of geuet care and welcome in Valmiki Ramayana.

Copyright @ Bhishma Kukreti, /6/2018
History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in India will be continued in –
History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana, India , North India , South Asia;, History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , South India; South Asia, History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , East India, History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , West India, South Asia; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , Central India, South Asia; ; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , North East India , South Asia; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in India , Bangladesh , South Asia; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India, Pakistan , South Asia; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , Myanmar, South Asia; ; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , Afghanistan , South Asia ; ; History of Medical, health and Wellness Tourism in Valmiki Ramayana India , Baluchistan, South Asia, to be continued

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