Arkadi, Arka-adi, Arkādi: 2 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Arkādi (अर्कादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as acting as a vermifuge, and a specific asceptic agent amongst other properties. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Arka (Asclepias gigantea) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Arka, Karañja, Nāgadantī, Rasmā and Indrapuṣpī, etc. The collection of herbs named Arkādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The drugs known as the

  1. Arka,
  2. Alarka,
  3. the two kinds of Karanja,
  4. Nāgadanti,
  5. Mayuraka,
  6. Bhārgi,
  7. Rāsnā,
  8. Indrapushpi,
  9. Kshudrashvetā Mahāshvetā,
  10. Vrishchikāli,
  11. Alavanā
  12. and Tāpasha-Vriksha,

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

The group known as the Arkādi destroys Kapham, fat, and the effects of poison. It acts as a vermifuge and a specific aseptic agent in the case of an ulcer and proves curative in diseases of the skin.

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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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