Grahanidosha, Grahaṇīdoṣa, Grahani-dosha: 3 definitions



Grahanidosha 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 Grahaṇīdoṣa can be transliterated into English as Grahanidosa or Grahanidosha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Grahaṇīdoṣa (ग्रहणीदोष) refers to “dysentery”, as mentioned in verse 5.13-14, 34 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] as concerns (water from) wells, ponds, etc., one should know (if it comes) from jungle, swamp, or rock. No water or, in case of incapability, little (is) to be drunk by those suffering from weak digestion and visceral induration (and) by those suffering from jaundice, abdominal swellings, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, dysentery [viz., grahaṇīdoṣa], and cutaneous swellings. Except in autumn and summer, even a healthy man shall drink only little”.

Note (verse 14): Grahaṇīdoṣa (“dysentery” [lit. “disturbance of the grahaṇī”] has been paraphrased by pho-bai drod chuṅ (“poor heat of the stomach”. —The so-called grahaṇī is a certain organ at the entrance of the intestinal tract which contains the gastric fire, taking in the undigested food and putting out the digested one; if it is impaired by poor gastric fire, the food passes undigested, bringing about looseness of the bowels. Cf. Aṣṭāṅgasaṃghraha II.3.49 sqq. Hoernle (Bower MS. p. 268) identifies this organ as the duodenum.

Note (verse 34): Grahaṇīdoṣa (“dysentery”) has been translated by pho-nad, which properly means “stomach trouble”; for details see v. 14.

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

Grahaṇīdoṣa (ग्रहणीदोष).—m. diarrhœa, [Suśruta] 1, 175, 6.

Grahaṇīdoṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms grahaṇī and doṣa (दोष).

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

Grahaṇīdoṣa (ग्रहणीदोष):—[=grahaṇī-doṣa] [from grahaṇī > grah] m. idem, [Mahābhārata iii, 13857] (‘constipation’ [Scholiast or Commentator]), [Suśruta]

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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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