Hastikarni, Hastikarṇī: 2 definitions

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Hastikarni 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.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Hastikarṇī (हस्तिकर्णी) is another name (synonym) for Raktairaṇḍa: one of the three varieties of Eraṇḍa, which is a Sanskrit name representing Ricinus communis (castor-oil-plant). This synonym was identified by Narahari in his 13th-century Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 8.55-57), which is an Ayurvedic medicinal thesaurus. Certain plant parts of Eraṇḍa are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), and it is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”.

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Hastikarṇī (हस्तिकर्णी) refers to the “coral tree”, the leaves of which are used for food-utensils, according to the 17th century Bhojanakutūhala (dravyaguṇāguṇa-kathana).—The food-utensils that are made of Hastikarṇī-patra (coral tree leaf) have the following dietetic effects: kṣāra, pathya, uṣṇa and kaṭuka (acidic, hot and pungent in taste), kaphaghna (alleviates kapha), jvaraśātana (treats fever).

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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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