Eladi, aka: Ela-adi, Elādi; 2 Definition(s)


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Ayurveda (science of life)

Elādi (एलादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified being a cosmetic, and arresting the eruption of pimples, etc. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Elā (Elettaria cardamomum) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Elā, Tagara, Priyaṅgu, Aguru, Uṣira, Punnāga and Keśara, etc. The collection of herbs named Elādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The group of medicinal drugs known as the Elādi-Gana consists of

  1. Elā,
  2. Tagara,
  3. Kushtha,
  4. Mānsi,
  5. Dhyāmaka,
  6. Tvaka,
  7. Patra,
  8. Nāga-pushpa,
  9. Priyangu,
  10. Harenuka,
  11. Vyāghranakha,
  12. Shukti,
  13. Chandā,
  14. Sthauneyaka,
  15. Shriveshtaka,
  16. Chocha,
  17. Choraka,
  18. Vālaka,
  19. Guggulu,
  20. Saijarasa,
  21. Turushka,
  22. Kunduruka,
  23. Aguru,
  24. Sprikka,
  25. Ushira,
  26. Bhadradāru,
  27. Kumkuma,
  28. Punnāga
  29. and Keshara.

The therapeutic virtue of the group consists in subduing the action of Vāyu and Kapham and in neutralising the effects of poison. It is a cosmetic and arrests the eruption of pimples and other vegetations on the skin such as rash, urticaria etc. and checks the itching sensation incidental thereto.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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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