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Rakta is considered as chaturtha dosha – A review

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Dr. Ganapathi Rao, I., Dr. ChandrakanthHalli, Dr. VijayKumar and Dr. AshokNaikar

The Concept of dosha has been around for as long as ancients have been practicing Ayurveda from Charaka to Hippocrates, all have practiced the system on the basis of tri-dosha and panchamahabhuta theory. Tri-doshas are basic elements of the body, mean while Rakta also a major constituent of the body called as chaturtha dosha in Sushrutha samhitha. Through the current literature available has suggested, rakta as to sustain, maintain, support and destroy the body; the comphensive understanding of this concept involves so many questions as Rakta to be considered as chaturtha dosha or not.

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