Ambashthadi, Ambaṣṭhādi, Ambashtha-adi: 2 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Ambaṣṭhādi can be transliterated into English as Ambasthadi or Ambashthadi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Ambaṣṭhādi (अम्बष्ठादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as favoring the healing of ulcers, brings about the adhesion of fractured bones, and dysentery (pākvātisāra). It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Ambaṣṭha and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Amvaṣṭha, Rodhra, Nandivṛkṣa, and Kaṭvaṅga. The collection of herbs named Ambaṣṭhādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Note: Ambaṣṭhā (Ambaṣṭha) refers to either Jaiminum Auriculatum or Oxalis Corniculata according to Monier-Williams, but, the possible synonym Ambaṣṭhakī can refer to either or Clypea Hernandifolia according to Monier-Williams or to Cissampelos pareira according to the M.M.P.N.D. (Multilingual Multiscripted Plant Name Database).

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Drugs known as

  1. Amvashthā,
  2. Dhātaki flowers,
  3. Samangā,
  4. Katvanga,
  5. Madhuka,
  6. Vilva-peshikā,
  7. Rodhra,
  8. Sāvara-Rodhra,
  9. Palāsha,
  10. Nandi-Vriksha
  11. and Padma keshara,

enter into the composition of the group known as the Amvashthādi Gana.

The two medicinal recipes or groups prove beneficial in a case of deranged Pitta, favour the healing of ulcers, bring about the adhesion of fractured bones and prove curative in cases of dysentery where the stools are found to consist of lumps of thick and matured mucous (Pakvātisāra.)

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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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