Brihatpancamula, Bṛhatpañcamūla, Brihat-pancamula: 1 definition


Brihatpancamula 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 Bṛhatpañcamūla can be transliterated into English as Brhatpancamula or Brihatpancamula, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Brihatpanchamula.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Bṛhatpañcamūla (बृहत्पञ्चमूल) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as being appetisers. It is also known as Mahatpañcamūla. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words bṛhat (‘solid’) and pañcamūla, translating to “five roots”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Bilva, Agnimantha, Ṭuṇṭukā, Pāṭalā and Kāsmāri. The collection of herbs named Bṛhatpañcamūla is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

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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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