Hastishyamaka, aka: Hastiśyāmāka, Hasti-shyamaka, Hastin-shyamaka; 1 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Hastiśyāmāka can be transliterated into English as Hastisyamaka or Hastishyamaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Hastishyamaka in Ayurveda glossaries]

Hastiśyāmāka (हस्तिश्यामाक) is a Sanskrit word referring to Echinochloa crusgalli-Beauv, which is a variety of Śyāmāka (Panicum Frumentaceum, or ‘Indian barnyard millet’). It is a type of “awned grain” (śūkadhānya), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The word is derived from hasti (‘green’) and śyāmaka (‘dark-coloured’) which is derived from śyāma (‘black’ or ‘dark’). The plant Hastiśyāmāka is part of the Śūkadhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of awned grains”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. Hastiśyāmāka is similar to Śyāmāka in properties, which it is said to be astringent-sweet and light in character. It also aggravates vāta and alleviates kapha and pitta. It is cold, constipating and absorbent.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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