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Astrology and Ayurvedic Plants Ramesh Waygaonkar and Dr.

Radha Raman Das

This is a research paper on astrological factors and the efficacy of Ayurvedic plants based on a study undertaken by the authors who are from Indira Gandhi Academy of Environmental Education, Research and Eco planning, Jiwaji University , Gwalior . - Editor astrological magazine February 2202

EVER SINCE the birth of human beings on planet earth, man has been completely dependent on natural resources around him for his survival and basic needs. The story of evolution of civilization is the story of acquisition of knowledge regarding these natural resources and their utilisation for human welfare. Since the very beginning, men have used plants for' their basic requirements of food, fodder, fuel, fiber, spices, condiments, oil, timber and medicine. If plants can express themselves, they will have the same opinion for men as man has for the parasite like the flea and germ living on him. The stars and planets seen in the sky must have bewildered man since the very beginning. The changing pattern of stars and planets in the sky and the happenings on the surface of the earth must have prompted him to correlate the happenings of the sky with the events occurring on the surface of the earth. The relation between lunar cycle and tides was established, perhaps, since beginning of the civilization. The recurring changes resulting in .seasons must have fascinated man and he would have attempted to draw its relation with the combinations of heavenly bodies which is termed as astrological phenomena. The stars and planets act merely as pointers to the auspicious and inauspicious periods for a particular happening in the life of human beings. For the success, therefore, human effort and auspicious moments are both essential. Man's efforts yield maximum benefits only when they are made at an auspicious period. Man plunges into action with full vigour but often meets with failure during inauspicious moments, but when he acts at the auspicious moment, his achievements are phenomenal. The planets also effect plants and animals. The falling and formation

of leaves, flowering and fruiting occur during a particular season. The sunflowercapitultim moves with the movement of the Sun, opening and closing its flowers in a diurnal cycle. These are examples of the relation between planetary movements and biological activities The planets exert their effect on plants and their medicinal properties too. Despite the uses of all pathological and sonographical tests, often it becomes difficult for the medical practitioner to diagnose disease correctly and such patients are used as experimental, tools. Disease diagnosis is infalliable in astrology. Disease diagnosis requires remedial measures for early recovery or eradication of ailment. Shushruta and Charaka have given various good Muhurthas for treatment and administration of medicines in Ayurvedic treatises such a Charaka Samhita. Shushruta Samhita, Nighantu, Rajnighantu etc. It has clearly been mentioned in these treatises mat the medicinal efficacy of plants is best exhibited when they are collected during die period of a particular Nakshatra. Preparation of medicine should also be done during the period of that Nakshatra. The medicine so prepared, if used by the patient on the day of the Nakshatra, will lead to early recovery. It therefore warrants an investigation to find out if there is any change in the chemical composition of the ingredients when plants are collected and processed for medicine in particularNakshatras. Ancient Indian scriptures have reference to medicinal plants being used as drugs. Such descriptions are found in all the four Vedas. The earliest reference is found in the Rig-Veda. It has a description of 67 medicinal plants. There is a separate chapter as Oushadha Sookta. Rig-Veda 10:96/1-23 sonnets andYajurveda sonnets 12/77, 89, 18/12 give a list of 81 medicinal plants, whereas Atharva Veda sonnets 8/7/14 and 11/6/16-17 describes 291 medicinal plants. Ayurveda is a branch of the Atharva Veda. Elaborate descriptions are available in Agni purana, Padma purana, Varaha Purana etc. which are of a later date. Padma Purana Srishti Khanda 2832, Uttara Khanda 28/13-18 and Srimad Bhagwatam, Chapter X 22/34-35 carry references to the significance of plants. Agni purana gives a clear description of medicinal importance for anatomical and physiological diseases in the human body. Rig-Veda, Chapter VI-22 says "Oh Almighty God. They Grace protects water and drugs that are beneficial to mankind like a best friend." Ayurveda is closely connected with the Rigveda and Atharvaveda. In the ancient Vedic period, various therapies were adopted to combat ailments and various practices have been evolved as an aid to Ayurveda. Many formulae have been prescribed in Ayurveda, though the most frequently and popularly used formulations are thousands in number. The basic classification of plants with reference to stars and planets has been described

in Narada Purana, Narada Samhita, Sharda Tilak, Vidyarnava Tantra, TrishkandhaPurana and Brihat Sushruta. But nowhere has, a detailed study of chemical ingredients of plants been given for such classification. An English astronomer, herbalist, doctor and astrologer, Nicholas Culpepper, in the 17th century, correlated stars, planets and herbs according to ruler ship e.g., chamomile having volatile oil, yellow in colour containing anthemic acid, tannic acid and glucosides as governed by the Moon. It is used for diseases caused by the Moon as an antispasmodic in treating cough and cold tod is tonic. Mars rules Capsicum annum (cayenne pepper) whose chief chemical is cayennin and is associated with heat like fever and swelling. Medication for the cure of diseases is based on the chemicals derived from chemicals directly or the synthesis of the chemicals in laboratory. Thus, classification is based on either the plant or chemical derived from the herbs e.g. the Sun governs the helianthus annus (sunflower) plant. Whose main chemical areergosterol and calciferol which are also, therefore, governed by the Sun and either directly from the sunflower plant or produced through chemical synthesis. Jupiter mainly governs the chemical pyridoxine which is predominantly found in musa sapientum (plantain). This plant is also governed by Jupiter.

The present work has been undertaken with a view to study in depth the characteristics of plants said to be associated with planets and Nakshatras. The work entails scientific analysis of the claims made in oriental treatises and by doctors (Vaidyas) and astrologers thus providing a scientific basis to the knowledge embodied m oriental treatises. This medicinal system throughout the world uses certain herbs predominantly for the cure of human diseases. The treatises of Ayurveda contain much information about tat curative properties of various plants when collected at a particular time. Present paper deals with scientific evaluation of efficacy of plants when collected underthe constalation to which the plants have been attributed. Plants coming under various Nakshatras growing in die Upper Gangetic Plain have been identified and were collected during the relevant Nakshatras. These plants were also analysed for their active principle contents, the analysts being done as per standard method of analysis Chemical and physiological changes in plants: Star day vis a vis general Day.

The physio-chemical characteristics of nine commonly used plants in Ayurveda and assigned to the nine planets Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu with their respective Nakshatras were collected and classified into General Day and Nakshatra Day sample. These were dried and pulverised to powder to study their various physiochemical properties of active chemicals and their values. 1. 2. 3. Moisture Contents: By infrared moisture balance. Solubility: Soluble in water or alcohol. pH of Solution : pH was measured on Elico Digital pH meter.

4. Ash Contents: The pulverised powder was dried and burnt. The weight of ash was taken and percentage calculated. The ash was dissolved in hydrochloric acid and heated for further dissolution. It was filtered by filter paper. The weight of insoluble was taken and percentage was calculated. This was tested for alkaloids, flavinoids, quinones, and steriods as specific chemicals.
Observations from Ancient Texts Plants and Planets

The affinity of a plant by a governing planet is analysed on the basis of duration and period of flowering and fruiting of a plant and period of the star. The plant of the star used to cure the diseases and those diseases governed by a planet or combination of planets are noted. Plants are used as remedies for diseases. Therulership of planet over plants can be shown by some illustrations. The fruits of juglanas regia (walnut) appear as circumvolutions of the brain. Astrologically, Mercury governs the brain and its activity is governed by the Sun. Both these planets govern the walnut The two lobes of the' seeds of coffea arabica (coffee) are apparently identical to the two cerebral lobes of the brain which are governed by Neptune . The seeds of dolichus labab (kidney bean) and anthyllisvulneraria (kidney vetch) resemble the kidneys. Venus governs kidneys and these plants are also governed by Venus. Sabal serrlata governs the diseases of kidney, prostate and ovaries which are again ruled by

Venus. The Sun governs cardiospermum viola which is used for relief m cardiac troubles. The Moon governs lunuraria annua (moonwort) and pennisetvm sagina (pearl). Mercury governs mercurialis anuua(Mercury weed). Tylophora asthmatica is governed by by Moon and acts as a medicine for the cure of asthma which is also governed by the Moon. Jupiter governs liver and Jupiter governs marchantiapotymorpha (liverwort) is used as a medicine for the cure of liver attaints. Saturn governs gout and alsoaeogopodbm padagraric (goutwort), a medicine for gout Mercury governs memory and bacopa moniera(Brahmi) governed by Mercury acts as a medicine for memory. This clearly indicates that the plants, which are governed by a particular planet, have the property to cure the diseases caused by the respective planetOcimum sanctum (Tulsi) and Ocimum album chiefly govern skin diseases,, worms, leprosy and chronic disorders. Mercury and Venus govern all these diseases as well as both the plants at the time of flowering.Strobilathus kuchenchinevsis flowers after 18 years and astrologically, the 18-year period is assigned toRahu. Planets, Herbs and Stones Another type of analogy between planets and herbs is that some parts of herbs used as a substitute for a particular gem are assigned to a planet as has been shown in Table I. To reduce the ill-effects of planets, meditation, contemplation, havan and precious stones were often resorted to, but precious stones being costly, were, at times, not within the reach of the common man. Therefore, roots of the plants have been used as a substitute for precious stones as shown in Table 1. Table 1 Plants, Planets and Gems
SI. Na 1 2 3 4

Botanical name of plant Aegle marmelos Mimusops hexandra Hemidesmus indicus Opuntia dillenii

Vernacular Name Bael Khimi Indian sarsaparilla Nagfani

Planet Sun Moon Mars Mars

Stone or Gem Ruby Pearl Coral Coral

5 6 7 8 9 to 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Clerodendron serratum Curcuma longa Musa saplmtum Tephrosia purpuma Punfca granatum Rubia cordifolia Ricinus commnuis Rumex vesicarkis Lettsomia nervosa Pterocarpus santalanus Santalum album Rauwolphia seipentina Withania somnifera

Bharangi Haldi Keta Purple Anar Indian maddar Eranda Sorrel Argyreta Latchandan Chandan Sarpagandha Ashwagandha

Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Venus Venus Venus Venus Venus Mercury Saturn Rahu Rahu Keta

Topaz Yellow sappier Yellow agate Diamond Diamond Diamond Zircon Zircon Emerald Blue sapphire Gomed Alexandria Cats eye

Indeed, havan is a scientific method to cure disease though inhalation of the vapour and smoke emanating through the havan. Plants were classified into 9 groups to match the 9 planets for offering into the havan assamidha. Table 2 shows the classification as given in Garuda Purana.

Table 2
Samidha for Planets Planet sun Moon Vernacular Name ArK (Niaoar) Palash (Dhak) Latin Name Calotropis procera Butea monosperma

Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Rahu Ketu


Khadir (Khair) Apamarg (LaQira) Pipal Audumbar (gular) Shami Durva Kusha

Acacia catechu Achyranthus aspera Ficus religiosa Ficus glomerata Prosopis cineraria Cynadon dactylon Desmostachya biptnoata

In Ayurvedic treatises each Nakshatra period has been assigned certain plants. These Nakshatras are said to be responsible for certain diseases. Some of the common plants growing in the Upper Gangetic Plain, assigned to various Nakshatras, are listed in Table 3 with details of their vernacular name, botanical name, and family, the part of the plant used as medicine, active chemicals and therapeutic use. According to Ayurvedic literature, the curative properties of plants differ from Nakshatra to Nakshatra, their collection in a particular period and the processing of drugs as affected by the Nakshatra. The Nakshatra-wise list of plants growing in the Upper Gangetic Plain has been drawn and their active principles identified. Nine plants each assigned to a planet and a Nakshatra have been selected for the study. The active principles of these plants were identified. They were collected during the Nakshatra to which they are assigned and also on a general day. The analysis with respect to moisture content, solubility, pH of solution, total ash contents and acid ash test has been carried out. The results are given in Table 4. Table 4 indicates that ash content and acid ash test indicative of curative characteristics are quantitatively higher in samples collected during the Nakshatra to which the plant is assigned, as compared to the same estimated for the sample of the plant collected on a general day without reference to the Nakshatra. Table 3 Nakshatras, Plants and Diseases Ruled by Nakshatras Proof not corrected

ID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 3 1

Nakshatra Aswini Aswini Aswini Bharani Bharani Bharani Bharani Krutika Krutika Mrigasira Mrigasira

Name Kutaki Rakhiphool Coffee Eranda (oil) Dhataki Gwarpatha Isabgole Harsingar Chawal Shunti Pyaj

Family Scrophulariec eae Passsfioracea e Rubiaceae Euphorbiacea e Lytheraceae Berberidaceae Plantaginacea e Oleaceae Poacaae Scitaminaceae Liliaceae

Botanical Name Picronhizeakurroa Passifloraquadrangul ans Coffea arabica Ricinuscommunis Woodfordiafruticosa Aloe vera Plantago major Nyctanthusarbortristis Oryza sativa Zingiber offtinale Allium cepa

Part Name Root Leaves Seeds, leaves Root, leaves, seed oil Flower Flower and leaves Full plant Leaves, bark Seeds, leaves Stem Bulb, leaves

Active Chemical Picrorrtizin, cathartic acid, glucose, wax Passiflorine Caffeine Ricin, oilate,palmtin-synin Tanin Barbaric acid Mucilage Nyctan-thine Fats, vitamins Malic acid, alkali Cholesterol

Therapeutic Use Meningitis high fever Spasm Migraine, meningitis Liver disorder Vaginal discharge Pulmonary catarrh Mucus reins Malaria Piles, indigestion Indigestion, flatulence Pains, sciatica, fever, skin disease

Mrigasira Aridra Aridra

Kuchla Pipata (bark) Tambakoo

Loganiceae Urticaceae Solanaceae

Strychnosnuxvomica Flcus mligiosa Nicotianatabacum

Seed, fruit Bark, fruit, leaf Leaves

Alkaloidstrychina, brucia Tannicadd, rubber wax Nicotine,nicotinamide

Itching,haemopty asis Bronchial asthma, bronchitis Eosinophila,

4 1 5 Punarvasu Hingu Umbelliferae Ferula foetida Latex Alkyl per sulphideasaresinotannot,mafi c, formic,valoriamic, actiticand ferulli c acid 1 6 1 7 1 8 1 9 2 0 2 1 2 2 2 3 2 4 Aslesha Kassni Asteraceae Cichoriumendivia Aslesha Tulsi Labiate Ocimumsanctum Leaf, root seed Root Aconite Mg, Alumina Yellow green oilbasi, camphor Aslesha Sonpha Umbelliferae Foeniculumvugare Seeds, fruits Anethote Pushya Hadjod Vitiaceae Vitisquadrangularis Stem, leaves Pushya Vijaysar Fabaceae Pushya Kutaja Apocynaceae Holarrhenaanlidysent ehca Ptemcaipussantotinus Bark Kinotanic acid,Pyrocatichin,Galic acid Resins Pushya Babool Punarvasu Arka Asclipiadecea e Fabaceae Aicacia arebica Punarvasu Kalmegha Acenthaceae Andrographispanicula ta Calatropisprocera Root, stem, fruit, leaves Flower, roots, leaves Fruit, bark leaf, stem, gum Seed, bark Kurchichicine,kuchine Taminic acid, Arabic acid Ca, Mg, K. Gum Malic acid, potash Kalmeghinchlorohyil Nad, K-Salt

Giddiness, injury Indigestion, gastritis

Liver disorder Dropsy, worms Dental disorders,pyorrho ea Diarrohoea,dysen try Diabetes Diarrhoea some junction Diarrhoea, dysentery, indigestion Cough Dyspepsia

2 5 2 6 2 7 2 8 2 9 3 0 3 1 3 2 3 3 3 4 3 5 3 6

Makha Makha Jyeshta/ Asles ha Poorvaphakju ni Poorvaphakju ni Poorvaphalgu ni Uttaraphalgun i Uttaraphalgun i Hasta Hasta Hasta Chitta

Shirisha Raasna Vidhara Pudina Satawari Seb Bel/ bilva

Fabaceae Orchidaceae Conolvulaceae Labiate Liliaceae Rosaceae Rutaceaa

Albizzia lebbeck Vandaroxburgxii Lettsoinianervosa Mentha virktis Asparagusofficinalis Pyrus ma/us Aegle Marmelos

Bark, seed, leaf, flower Seed leaves Leaf, stem Stem Fruit Root, bark, leaf, fruit

Saponin Glucosides Kamferien Piperment thymol Starch Ferric contents Mucilage, pectin,tanin,marmetosione Margosine, volatile oil,margosa oil,afkali, K. Fe. AICO, Kitonamic acid,galic acid,moodoo ga oil orkino oil Malic add coriander oilcoriandrol, geranial babini oil Olicadd Embelic add, volatile oil, rot,christembinealkali, tannic acid

Bronchial asthma Arthritis, gout Cuteneousaffecti ons Vomiting General tonic Aneurysm, cardiac problems Diarrhoea, dysentery, heart disease Piles, scabies bowels Worm infestation Fever, typhoid Fever, anxiety Worm infestation




Flower, seed, leaves, bark

Palasha Dhaniya Loonuk Vidanga

Fabaceae Umbelliferae Portulaceae Myrsinaceae

Buteamonosperma Coriandriumsativum Portulacaoleracea Emblia ribes

Bark, flower, seed, leaf Seed, root, flower stem Fruit, leaves Fruit

3 7 3 8 3 9 '4 0 4 1 4 2 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 6 4 7 4

Chitta Chitta Chitta Chitta Swati Vishaka Vishaka

Ashoka Ashwagandh a Kapikachhu Beltari Kanta karanj a Bharangi Haridra

Fabaceae Solanaceae Fabaceae Cucurbitaceae Fabaceae Verbenaceae Scitaminaceae

Saraca indica Withaniasomnifera Mucuna prunius Bryonia alba Caesalpiniabonducell a Cterodendronsenatu m Curcuma longa

Bark, seed, flower Root Seed, root Leaves, fruit Seed, fruit, root Root Stem

Haematoxylintanin, cataohini Somniferin alkali Rol, lamun, Mn Requinanecrossferic acid Protein, starchnalina, banducin Starch, Rol, fat alkali Curvuminturmeric oil, rol, alkali, vermonine

vaginal discharge Anxiety neurosis, mild hypertension Neurosis worms Fever Malaria, eczema Bronchial asthma Uraemina, diabetes, asthma, wounds Pain in abdomen, cough, diarrhoea Narcotic effects Peptic ulcer, uterine ulcer, syndrome Constipation, piles, bowels, fistula

Anuradha Anuradha Jyeshta

Parasikayav ani Afim Aanvla

Solanaceae Papevaraceae Euphorbiacea e

Hyoscyamusniger Papavarsomnifervm Emblicaoffidnalis

Leaf, seed Latex, seed Fruit

Hyoscyaminehyosdne Sedatives Galic add, tank; add, albmincellulose vit. C.






Tanic, galic acid,chelrilinic add





Root, leaves,

Salidficadd, potassium, calcium

vaginal discharge

8 4 9 5 0 5 1 5 2 5 3 5 4 Sravana Apamarag Amaranthacea e Acbyranthesaspera Sravana Punamava Nyctaginaceae Rohini Kantakari Solanacae Solanumxanthocerpu m Boerhaaviadrffusa Uttarashadha Bakuchi Fabaceae Psoraliacorylifolia Poorvashada Baragad Urticaceae ficusbangalensia Moola Bhringaraja Asteraceae Eclipta alba

fruit, leaves, bud Leaves Bark, leaves, fruit, stem Seed oil, seeds Leaf, flower, fruit seed, bark, stem Root seed, leave, flower, fruit, stem Root, seed, leaf, stem, fnit, flo w&r Alkali, potash Punamavine, alkali, K. no3 fat .So4, CaNo3 Solamine, Kd, K. No3 FeSolamcarpine Rol, alkali,vermoninealbimin Eciptine Tanin, rubber

leucorrhoea Peptic ulcer, syndrome Diabetes Leucoderma Cough, bronchial asthma Oedema


5 5 5 6 5 7 5 8

Sravana Sravana

Bishloomba Adusa

Cucurbitaceae Acanthaceae

Citrulluscotosynthis Adhatoda vasica

Root, leaves Root, leaf, flower

Colosynthin,ferulic acid Oil fat, fol,vasidne,aadhatodic acid, gum Allumin, volatile OH, sulphur comp. Alsenoiden,crepic acidbranhim

Goul, rheumatism Cough

Dhanishta Poorvabhadra

Lahasuna Sankhapush pi

Liliaceae Convolvulacea e

Allium sativum Evotwkisalsenoides

Stem, oil Root stem, fruit, flower

Indigestion, heart tonic Anxiety, neurosis, mild hypertension

5 9 6 0 6 1 6 2 6 3 6 4 6 5





Fruit, root, stem, leaf, flower

Berberine strach

Urinary tract, oleos, infection, fever

Utarabnadra Uttarabhadra

Guggulu Karpoor

Burseraceae Lauraceae

Commiphommukul Cinnamomumcampho ra

Latex Latex, root

Gumerol Volatile oil

Arthritis Sprain, anodyne,adynae mia

Revathi Revathi Revathi Revathi

Baheda Guductii Chirboii Badi Sounf

Comberetacea e Menispimacae Solanaceae Apiaceae

Terminalia be/erica Tinosporacardifolia Physalis indica Pimpinellaanethum

Bark Stem Leaves, bark Roots, fruits

CaCo, Ca. salt, tannin, Al. Mg. Berberine Alkaloids Thymol, anethol

Heart tonic, elixir Fever Gout Flatulence, abdominal disorders

Table 4 Qualitative and Quantitative Characteristics of Plants Assigned to Planets and Nakshatras Planet Nakshatra Botanical Name vernacular Name Moist Cont Solubili ty pHSol % Ash % Sun Uttamphalguni General Day Moon Rohini General Day Mara Chitta General Day Mercu ry General Day Jupiter Poorvattadra General Day Baccopa monerria S*rfve//usefeemmf es Evolwlusalsenokfo s Bramhi Shankhapus hpi Shankhapuih pi 6-4 10-78 6-71 7-90 740 16-49 19-21 6.45 6-70 Jyeshta Aegle marmetos Aegb marmetos Acorns calamus Acoms calamus Ptstadaintsgerrima Ptstadaintsgerrima Baccopa monerria Bihwa Bihwa vacha Vacha Karkatashru ngi Karkatashru ngi Bramhi 8-80 21.63 6.40 4.40 30.8 5.80 6-25 6-60 9-82 1003 4-08 31-7 4-80 18-48 18-50 10-78 18-28 7-0 7-3 5.6 5-71 1357 7.5 7 1061 501 5.4 5 4.4 9 1690 1378 274 1 274 2 254) 4 2171 Quinonsalkalo ids Quinonsalkalo ids Gelsinglucosides Gelsinglucosides 0865 0.86 5 1473 9.49 alkaloids Branhim alkali 0.47 4-39 Quinonsalkalo ids Quinonsalkalo ids Flavanoids, alkaloids Flavanoids, alkaloids alkaloids Branhim alkali Corticosteroids Acorin starch, calcium oxalate Acorin starch, calcium oxalate Corticosteroids 1.43 Quinons Pectinmargalocin Acid Test % 4.25 Quinons Pectinmargalocin
Quantitative veco mp.


total Ash


Bharani General Day

Ocimum sanctum Ocimum sanctum Tinosporacordifolia Tinosporacordifolia Plumbagozylanicu m Plumbagozylanicu m Nardostychisjatam asi Nardostychisjatam asi i

Tulsi Tulsi Guduchi Guduchi Chitramul Chitramul Jatamasi Jatamasi

7.80 % 8-20 1002 8.47 5-2 8-04 4-51 8-01

15-48 15-10 16-71 11.80 7.80 10.61 9-27 12-12

5-25 6.40 6.40 7-21 5-85 6..61 5-27 5.61

674 528 6.4 8 551 378 333 1512 1452

2-79 1.59 0.60 1 0331 1-09 0-99 1321 10.3 8

Alkaloids flavanoids Alkaloids flavanoids Alkaloid steroids Alkaloid steroids Flavanoids alkaloid Flavanoids alkaloid Alkaloid Flavanoids Alkaloid Flavanoids

Metatile oils,malarin Metatile oils,malarin Glionin,gliosterol,gluco side Glionin,gliosterol,gluco side Plumbagin Plumbagin Esters alcohol Esters alcohol


Anuradha General Day


Shatatarka,shatabhi sha General Day


Makha General Day

It has been observed in many patients that the same drug administered at different times manifests differently and exhibits variations in its curative properties. In this case also, it has been observed that the maximum efficacy is achieved when the drug is administered during the period of the Nakshatra to which that herb is assigned. These facts clearly indicate that the postulates laid down in astrological, Ayurvedic and ancient treatises have great bearing both on the commencing of the disease and its treatment by specific herbs or the chemicals contained in those herbs assigned to a planet and / or Nakshatra. The science of astrology perceives a holistic approach based on the twelve houses and the placement of the 9 planets in them, their ' relationship and aspects. All these together : constitute a complicated system in which perception and prediction of the overall effect becomes extremely difficult. Coming to conclusions without in depth and analytical study of the horoscope can make a mockery of medical astrology and astrological predictions. But a careful analysis and scientific holistic approach towards the reading of a horoscope can easily translate into a scientific and statistically analyzable reality. The use of medical astrological principles can be quite helpful in

correct diagnosis of certain problematic diseases and their cure by carefully selecting appropriate herbs or chemicals contained in them.

Ancient Indian society utilised all the axioms of knowledge gathered till then for all activities of life. The cure of disease has also not remained in isolation from this belief of the society. Thus a very intimate and practical relation was drawn between astrological principles and the herbs attributed to a particular Nakshatra and / or planet for the, cure of disease caused due to the effect of those Nakshatras and planets. This worked very well in the cure as well as abatement of diseases. The scientific revolution has smothered astrological knowledge and pushed it back branding it mystical knowledge. This has led to the neglect of astrology in the treatment of disease The present research, therefore, has been undertaken to reestablish the relationship between the astrological diagnosis of a disease and its cure through herbs of me active chemicals obtained from herbs mat can cure the disease. The analysis and the results obtained clearly prove astrology is a valid science. Thus, there is a great need to reform the disease management, strategy through the use of astrological principles and herbs associated with specific Nakshatra planets to achieve the required goal of heath and happiness in society. This article / paper published in 2002 February astrological magazine. .