Kakolyadi, Kakoli-adi, Kākolyādi: 2 definitions


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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kākolyādi (काकोल्यादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as increasing the quantity of milk in the breast. It is a restorative, and an elixir, and is endued with the therapeutic virtue of augmenting the virile potency of a man. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Kākolī (Fritillaria cirrhosa) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Kākolī, Kṣīrakākolī, Mudgaparṇī, Medā, Mahāmedā, Chinnaruhā, Padmaka, Ṛddhī and Vṛddhī. The collection of herbs named Kākolyādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The drugs known as

  1. Kākoli-Kshira-Kākoli,
  2. Jivaka,
  3. Rishabhaka,
  4. Mudgaparni,
  5. Māshaparni,
  6. Medā,
  7. Mahāmedā,
  8. Chhinna-ruhā,
  9. Karkata-Shringi,
  10. Tugākshiri,
  11. Padmaka,
  12. Prapaundarika,
  13. Riddhi,
  14. Vriddhi,
  15. Mridvikā,
  16. Jivanti
  17. and Madhuka,

combinedly form the group known as the Kākolyādi Gana.

The group of medicinal drugs under discussion subdues the action of the deranged Pittam, blood and Vāyu. It increases the quantity of milk in the breast (galactagogue) and favours the accumulation of phlegm (Kapham) in the body. It is a restorative and an elixir and is endued with the therapeutic virtue of augmenting the virile potency of a man.


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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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