Dugdhika, Dugdhikā: 11 definitions


Dugdhika 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)

Rasashastra (Alchemy and Herbo-Mineral preparations)

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका):—One of the sixty-eight Siddhauṣadhi, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature). These drugs give siddhi (success) in mercurial operations. Even so, they are more powerful than rasa (mercury) itself. These may perform all the kāryas (‘effects’) and grant dehasiddhi (‘perfection of body’) and lohasiddhi (‘transmutation of base metals’) both.

Cikitsa (natural therapy and treatment for medical conditions)

Source: Wisdom Library: Ayurveda: Cikitsa

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका) is a Sanskrit word referring to Euphorbia thymifolia (asthma plant), from the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It has the following Sanskrit synonyms: Raktabinducchadā, Laghudugdhī, Vikṣīriṇī and Payasyā. It als has many botanical synonyms, eg.: Anisophyllum thymifolium, Aplarina microphylla, Chamaesyce mauritiana and Euphorbia afzelii. It is an annual herb with reddish stems usually growing up to 20 centimeters in length. Its leaves are elliptic to oblong measuring 4-7 millimeters. The fruits are hairy capsules, about 1.5 millimeters long.

This plant (Dugdhikā) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā.

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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

Dugdhika [दुग्धिका] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Euphorbia thymifolia L. from the Euphorbiaceae (Castor) family having the following synonyms: Chamaesyce thymifolia, Euphorbia rubicunda. For the possible medicinal usage of dugdhika, 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.

Dugdhika [दुग्धिका] in the Hindi language is the name of a plant identified with Oxystelma esculentum from the Apocynaceae (Oleander) family.

Dugdhika [ದುಗ್ಧಿಕ] in the Kannada language, ibid. previous identification.

Dugdhika [दुग्धिका] in the Sanskrit language, ibid. previous identification.

Dugdhika [दुग्धिका] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Ceropegia edulis (Edgew.) Bruyns from the Apocynaceae (Oleander) family having the following synonyms: Caralluma edulis, Caralluma vittata, Caralluma mouretii, Caudanthera edulis.

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

1) Dugdhika in India is the name of a plant defined with Euphorbia hirta in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Anisophyllum piluliferum (L.) Haw. (among others).

2) Dugdhika is also identified with Euphorbia tirucalli It has the synonym Arthrothamnus ecklonii Klotzsch & Garcke (etc.).

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

· Fl. Trop Afr. (1911)
· Proceedings of the Indian Science Congress Association (1979)
· Nat. Hort. Mag. (Jan) (1934)
· Publications of the Field Columbian Museum, Botanical Series (1909)
· Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris) (1903)
· Pakistan Journal of Botany (1982)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Dugdhika, for example chemical composition, diet and recipes, health benefits, pregnancy safety, extract dosage, side effects, 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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका).—A kind of plant, Asclepias (Mar. dudhī).

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

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका).—f.

(-kā) A sort of Asclepias, (A rosea, Rox.) the Hindi derivative Dudhi, is also applied to Euphorbia hirta and thymifolia. E. dugdha milk, and ṭhan affix, and the feminine form; the leaves, &c. yielding a milky sap.

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

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका):—[from dugdha] f. (written also dhīkā) a sort of Asclepias or Oxystelma Esculentum (med.)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dugdhikā (दुग्धिका):—(kā) 1. f. A sort of Asclepias.

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Dugdhika in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Dugdhika (ದುಗ್ಧಿಕ):—[noun] = ದುಗ್ಧಿಕೆ - [dugdhike -] 1.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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