Agnimantha, Agni-mantha: 7 definitions

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ) is a Sanskrit word referring to Premna serratifolia, a small tree from the Verbenaceae (verbena) family of flowering plants. Among the botanical synonyms are: Premna integrifolia and Premna obtusifolia. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is a large shrub or small tree growing up to 9 meters in height. The plants grows in the plains throughout India. Its leaves are simple and opposite with small flowers of greenish-yellow or greenish-white color, having a strong odour. The fruits resemble globose drupes. The literal translation of Agnimantha is “producing fire by friction”, and it is composed of the words Agni (‘fire’) and Mantha (‘friction’ or ‘stick’).

This plant (Agnimantha) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is known as Medā. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Daśamūla group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ).—The Sanskrit name for an important Ayurvedic drug.—Tarkārī is of two types—one is Tarkārī (smaller plant) and the other Agnimantha, a big tree. Agnimantha is bitter-astringent, hot and destroys kapha, vāta and oedema.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Evaluation of Cyavanaprāśa on Health and Immunity related Parameters in Healthy Children

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ) refers to the medicinal plant known as Clerodendrum phlomidis, St. Bk., and is used in the Ayurvedic formulation known as Cyavanaprāśa: an Ayurvedic health product that helps in boosting immunity.—Cyavanaprāśa has been found to be effective as an immunity booster, vitalizer and a preventer of day to day infections and allergies such as common cold and cough etc. It is a classical Ayurvedic formulation comprising ingredients such as Agnimantha. [...] Cyavanaprāśa can be consumed in all seasons as it contains weather friendly ingredients which nullify unpleasant effects due to extreme environmental and climatic conditions.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Premna corymbosa Rottl.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning agnimantha] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ) is a Sanskrit word, identified with Premna spinosa by various scholars in their translation of the Śukranīti. This tree is mentioned as having thorns, and should therefore be considered as wild. The King shoud place such trees in forests (not in or near villages). He should nourish them by stoole of goats, sheep and cows, water as well as meat. Note: Premna spinosa is a synonym of Premna serratifolia.

The following is an ancient Indian horticultural recipe for the nourishment of such trees:

According to Śukranīti 4.4.110-112: “The powder of the dungs of goats and sheep, the powder of Yava (barley), Tila (seeds), beef as well as water should be kept together (undisturbed) for seven nights. The application of this water leads very much to the growth in flowers and fruits of all trees (such as agnimantha).”

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ).—producing fire by friction; or the Mantra used in this operation.

-nthaḥ [अग्निर्मथ्यते अनेन मन्थ्-करणे घञ् (agnirmathyate anena manth-karaṇe ghañ)] Name of a tree गणिकारिका (gaṇikārikā) (Mar. naravela) Premna Spinosa (tatkāṣṭhayorgharṣaṇe hi āśu vahnirutpadyate),

Derivable forms: agnimanthaḥ (अग्निमन्थः).

Agnimantha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms agni and mantha (मन्थ). See also (synonyms): agnimanthana.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Agnimantha (अग्निमन्थ).—m. (nthaḥ) A small tree, (Premna spinosa.) E. agni and mantha churning, because fire is produced by friction of two pieces of its wood

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