Aragvadhadi, aka: Aragvadha-adi, Āragvadhādi; 2 Definition(s)


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Ayurveda (science of life)

[Aragvadhadi in Ayurveda glossaries]

Āragvadhādi (आरग्वधादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as having the effect of destroying deranged phlegm, the effects of poison and Meha (morbid discharges from the urethra), Kuṣṭha (skin disease), fever, vomitting and itching of the body, etc, etc. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Āragvadha (Cassia fistula) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Āragvadha, Madana, Kutaja, Pāṭha, Pāṭalā, Saptaparṇa, Nimba, Paṭola and Guḍūcī. The collection of herbs named Āragvadhādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The drugs known as

  1. Āragvadha,
  2. Madana,
  3. Gopaghontā,
  4. Kutaja,
  5. Pāthā,
  6. Kantaki,
  7. Pātalā,
  8. Murvā,
  9. Indrayava,
  10. Saptaparna,
  11. Nimva,
  12. Kuruntaka,
  13. Dāsi-kuruntaka,
  14. the two kinds of Karanja,
  15. Patola,
  16. Kirātttikua,
  17. Guduchi,
  18. Chitraka,
  19. Shāngshtā,
  20. and Sushavi

form the group known as the Āragvadhādi.

The group under discussion destroys the deranged Kapham and the effects of poison and proves beneficial in cases of Meha (morbid discharges from the urethra), Kushtha, fever, vomiting and itching of the body and acts as a purifying (aseptic) agent in the case of an ulcer.

(Source): Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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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