Ashvakshura, Aśvakṣurā, Ashva-kshura: 1 definition


Ashvakshura 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.

The Sanskrit term Aśvakṣurā can be transliterated into English as Asvaksura or Ashvakshura, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Aśvakṣurā (अश्वक्षुरा) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Clitoria ternatea (Asian pigeonwings, butterfly pea or bluebellvine) from the Fabaceae or “legume family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.87-89 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Aśvakṣurā is commonly known in Hindi as Koyal or Aparājitā; in Marathi as Gokarṇī or Kajalī; in Gujarati as Garṇī; in Kannada as Girikarṇikā; in Bengali as Aparājitā; in Telugu as Ditena; and in Tamil as Kākkanan-koṭī.

Aśvakṣurā is mentioned as having fourteen synonyms: Ādrikarṇī, Kaṭabhī, Dadhipuṣpikā, Gardabhī, Sitapuṣpī, Śvetasyandā, Aparājitā, Śvetā, Bhadrā, Supuṣpī and Viṣahantrī.

Properties and characteristics: “This drug [Aśvakṣurā] is cooling and bitter in rasa. It corrects the subservient complications/diseases due to pitta-doṣa. It enhances eye sight and is an antidote to poisons. This drug possesses a soothing effect on all the doṣas”.

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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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