Alocakapitta, Ālocakapitta, Alocaka-pitta: 2 definitions

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Alocakapitta means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Alochakapitta.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Ālocakapitta (आलोचकपित्त):—A Sanskrit technical term referring to “vision”, it is one of the five upadoṣa (sub functions) of Pitta (one of the three doṣas). A doṣa is a basic component of life. The compound Ālocakapitta is composed of the words Ālocaka (‘causing to see’) and Pitta (‘fire’). These terms are used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. Āyurveda is India’s classical science of medicine.

Source: Cogprints: Concepts of Human Physiology in Ayurveda

Alocaka Pitta:—This is said to be responsible for normal vision. Photosensitive chemicals in the eye, called Photo-pigments and the whole process involved in photochemistry of vision can be represented by ‘Alocaka pitta’. Also, neurotransmitters involved in the visual pathway can be included under this.

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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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