Guducyadi, aka: Guḍūcyādi, Guducya-adi; 3 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Guduchyadi.

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Guḍūcyādi (गुडूच्यादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as being a good appetiser, and acting as a general febrifuge, etc. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Guḍūcī (Tinospora cordifolia) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Guḍūcī, Nimba, Kustumbara, Candana and Padmaka. The collection of herbs named Guḍūcyādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The drugs known as

  1. Guduchi,
  2. Nimva;
  3. Kustumvuru,
  4. Chandana,
  5. and Padmaka,

combinedly form the group known as the Guduchyādi Gana.

It is a good appetiser, and acts as a general febrifuge and successfully combats such symptoms as nausea, want of relish for food, vomiting, thirst and burning sensation of the body.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Guḍūcyādi (गुडूच्यादि) or Guḍūcyādivarga or Vīrudvarga is the name of the third chapter of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). Accordingly, “this chapter begins with Tinospora cardifolia—Guḍūcī, and ends with an unidentified one Palāśī. Apart from 42 drugs cited at verse 1-7, it contains certain others also which will be described later. This is the chapter for climber and creeper (vīrudh)”. Also, “a physician (bhiṣaj) can improve upon his knowledge through these chapters [viz., Guḍūcyādi] and thereafter he may draw his own conclusions”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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