DEPARTMENT OF SHALAKYA TANTRA
Shalakya tantra is one of the branches of Asthang Ayurveda specifically for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all the diseases occurring above the neck such as eyes, nose, ear, mouth and head. The father of Shalakya tantra was Nimi (king of videha). He got the knowledge of this science from lord Sun. The branches of shalakya tantra includes Nethrachikitsa (Ophthalmology), Karnachikitsa (otology), Nasachikitsa (rhinology), Mukharogachikita(oral hygiene, Dentistry and Laryngology), and Shirorogachikitsa(diseases of the cranium). This science uses a lots of ‘Shalaka’ which means probe which justifies the name Shalakya tantra.