Avartaki, Āvartakī: 2 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Āvartakī (आवर्तकी) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Cassia auriculata, synonym of Senna auriculata (matura tea tree) from the Fabaceae or “legume” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.135-136 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Āvartakī is known in Hindi as Maroḍaphalī.

Āvartakī is mentioned as having eleven synonyms: Tindukinī, Vibhāṇḍī, Viṣāṇikā, Raṅgalatā, Manojñā, Raktapuṣpī, Mahadādijālī, Pītakīlā, Carmaraṅgā and Vāmāvartā.

Properties and characteristics: “Āvartakī is astringent and sour and has cold potency. It alleviates the vitiated pitta-doṣa”.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Āvartakī (आवर्तकी):—[=ā-vartakī] [from ā-vartaka > ā-vṛt] f. Name of a creeping plant, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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