According to the Tantra and the search for soma, many different substances can be used as “soma” if it is administered appropriately and at the proper time.
Ayurveda from India and Chinese medicine are both unique medicine models that are independent from each other. As a practitioner of both modalities, it is interesting to compare and observe the influences they have had upon each other. One of those instances is China’s search for soma.
There is historical evidence that these two cultures had communication with one another during the 3rd century BC. At that time India had already produced many literary texts, some already hundreds of years old. These included texts on religion, astrology, and medicine such as the Charaka Samhita ( चरक संहिता) on the science of Ayurveda.