Dravya (द्रव्य) refers to “drugs” and represents one of the four pādas or factors to make a treatment perfect. The Ayurvedic system says that the body (śarīra) is also pañcabhautika and the medicines i.e. plants and animals are also pañcabhautika. The four pādas or factors to make a treatment perfect are:
1. Bhiṣak: Vaidya-doctor
2. Dravya: drugs
3. Paricāraka: bystander/helper and
4. Rogī: Patient.
If these four pādas perfectly merge the treatment will be a success.
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