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Mentions of Geography in Sushruta Samhita: The Tourism Development Indicators

Mentions of Geography in Sushruta Samhita: The Tourism Development Indicators

Indicators of Medical Tourism Development in Sushruta Samhita -6

History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in Nagavansha Period (176-340 A.D.) -7

History of Medical Tourism, Health and Wellness Tourism in India, South Asia- 125

(With Special mentions of History of Medicines in India)

By: Bhishma Kukreti (Medical Tourism Historian)

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In past, Historians never paid any attention on historical aspects of medical tourism. As such, the term medical tourism came in existence in last century only. Medical tourism is there from the time ma kind came in this earth.

In Sushruta Samhita there is no mention of word, Chikitsa Paryatan (Medical tourism)  and even not Paryatan (tourism). Therefore, the medical tourism historians have to find the factors of each period those are responsible for indicating medical tourism development.

One of the important factors for indicating tourism is the description of geographies. Sushruta Samhita discusses various aspects of Indian geography that means there was tourism or people were touring and discussing the different geographical matter among them. People were also informing geographies to scholars as Sushruta or Sushruta type of scholars were visiting various places.

Charaka Samhita deals about North West India only from geographical point of views (1). However, Sushruta Samhita discusses the matter of all India geography (1). The Chikitsa Sthan book of Sushruta Samhita (30.32) mentions the names of Kalinga in east  and Kashmir on north. The Chikitsa Sthan book of Sushruta Samhita (29/17) mentions name as Uuttar Kuru. Same way, the Chikitsa Sthan book of Sushruta Samhita 29/27-30 ) mentions that Sahyadri, Mahendra, Malayachal, Shriparvata, Devgiri and Sindhu River are in Himalaya.

Commercial Tours in Sushruta Samhita period

After thorough analysis , Vidyalankar states (2)that There was well  connection/introduction  between South and North India thorough commerce and commerce was well developed at that time. That is there reason there is mentions of articles famous in particular place (2)

The mentions of geographical places in Sushruta Samhita indicate that there was well developed tourism (for commerce etc.) and tourism development means there would be medical facilities for tourists .

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1-Vidyalankar Atrideva   , 1960 ka Vrihat Itihas, Hindi Sahitya Samiti, Banaras pages -190

2-Vidyalankar Atrideva   , 1960 ka Vrihat Itihas, Hindi Sahitya Samiti, Banaras pages -191

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History of Medical Tourism, health Tourism and Wellness Tourism and History of Medicines in India will be continued in next chapter –

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