Dhanvayasa, Dhanvayāsa: 5 definitions

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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Dhanvayāsa (धन्वयास):—One of the sixty-eight Rasauṣadhi, very powerful drugs known to be useful in alchemical processes related to mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Dhanvayāsa (धन्वयास) is the Sanskrit name for an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 4.53-55 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu.

Dhanvayāsa is mentioned as having thirteen synonyms: Durālambhā, Tāmramūlī, Kacchurā, Durālabhā, Duḥsparśā, Dhanvī, Dhanvayavāsaka, Prabodhanī, Sūkṣmadalā, Virūpā, Durabhigrahā, Durlabhā and Duṣpradharṣā.

Properties and characteristics: “Dhanvayāsa or Durālabhā is pungent, bitter, sour, alkaline and hot in potency (vīrya). Its sweet ingredient controls vāta and pitta-doṣa and it wins over the fevers, gulma (false abdominal lumps due to wind) and obstinate urinary affections including diabetes”.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci

Dhanvayāsa (धन्वयास) refers to a medicinal plant known as Alhagi camelorum Fisch., and is mentioned in the 10th century Yogaśataka written by Pandita Vararuci.—The Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci is an example of this category. This book attracts reader by its very easy language and formulations which can be easily prepared and have small number of herbs (viz., Dhanvayāsa). It describes only those formulations which are the most common and can be used in majority conditions of diseases.

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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

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Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhanvayāsa (धन्वयास).—m.

(-saḥ) A plant: see the last, alse simply yāsa, &c.

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

Dhanvayāsa (धन्वयास):—[=dhanva-yāsa] [from dhanva > dhanv] m. idem, [Caraka]

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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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