Banafsha: 3 definitions


Banafsha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Advances in Zoology and Botany: Indigenous Knowledge of Some Medicinal Plants of Himalaya Region

Banafsha refers to the medicinal plant “Viola canescens Wall. ex Roxb.” from the violaceae family, and is used for ethnomedicine treatment of Fever in Ahmednagar district, India. The parts used are: “Seeds, Roots, Leaves”. Instructions for using the plant named Banafsha: The decoction of leaves and flowers is given internally in the treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs and asthma to treat. The same is used as gargle to treat mouth and throat infections.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Banafsha [बनफ़्शा] in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Viola indica W. Becker from the Violaceae (Violet) family. For the possible medicinal usage of banafsha, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Banafsha [बनफ़्शा] in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Viola pilosa Blume from the Violaceae (Violet) family having the following synonyms: Viola serpens Wall., Viola pogonantha.

Banafsha [ﺑﻨﻔﺸﻪ] in the Kashmiri language, ibid. previous identification.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Banafsha in India is the name of a plant defined with Viola biflora in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Chrysion biflora (L.) Spach.

2) Banafsha is also identified with Viola canescens It has the synonym Viola canescens Wall. ex Roxb. (etc.).

3) Banafsha is also identified with Viola cinerea.

4) Banafsha is also identified with Viola odorata.

5) Banafsha is also identified with Viola patrinii It has the synonym Viola patrinii Matsum. & Hayata (etc.).

6) Banafsha is also identified with Viola pilosa It has the synonym Viola serpens Wall. ex Ging. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· The Flora of British India (1872)
· Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica (1996)
· Diagnoses plantarum orientalium novarum (1842)
· Int. Organ. Pl. Biosyst. Newslett. (Zurich) (1995)
· Notes from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (1920)
· Opera Botanica a Societate Botanica Lundensi (1999)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Banafsha, for example extract dosage, side effects, pregnancy safety, diet and recipes, chemical composition, health benefits, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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