Kalka; 7 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Kalka is the fine paste of macerated fresh plant material. (see the Paribhāṣā-prabandha: an Āyurvedic treatise on medical terminology by Jagannāthaprasāda Śukla).

Source: CCRAS: Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, Appendix I
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Kalka (Paste): Fresh herbs grounded in to fine or coarse paste is Kalka. If the plant does not yield appreciable quantities of juice, kalka is prepared. It has quite an amount of fiber and therefore useful in digestive disorders because it stays longer in the gut. Bhūmyāmalaki (Phyllanthus niruri) is a weed plant that is freshly collected and made into kalka to use in the patients suffering from viral hepatitis.

Source: Academia.edu: Ayurveda and Pharmaceutics

Kalka or ‘wet bolus’ is made by crushing the herbs and plants to make a paste. It is usually used for external applications and if taken internal, the recommended dosage is 1 karsha (12g). For example, Nimba-kalka, Rasona-kalka.

Source: Amala Ayurveda: Ayurveda Medicines

Kalka (Paste): A fresh drug or a dry drug is converted into a paste by rubbing it on a stone with little quantity of water. Fresh or dry drugs are first cleaned with water. In case of dry drug, it is powdered first and filtered with a cloth and mixed with appropriate quantity of water and then rubbed in pestle and mortar and made into a paste. In case of fresh drugs, they are first chopped into fine pieces, pounded and macerated in mortar and pestle until the paste becomes fine.

Kalka can be used both internally and externally. Kala is also used in preparation of oils to add specific color, fragrance and medicinal properties. Dose for internal use is 5-10 gm. Eg. Paste of Nimba (Neem) can be prepared and administered in intestinal worm infestations.

Source: Ayurveda News: Panchavidha Kashaya Kalpana
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Kalka is a medical term used in Ayurveda meaning "paste".

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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Marathi-English dictionary

kalka (कल्क).—n S Medicaments reduced (by levigation, pounding, bruising, boiling &c.) to a slimy consistence.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kalka (कल्क).—a. [kal-ka Uṇ.3.4]

1) Sinful, wicked.

-lkaḥ, -lkam 1 The viscous sediment deposited by oily substances when ground.

2) A kind of tenacious paste; गौरसर्षपकल्केन (gaurasarṣapakalkena) (snapanam) Y.1.277. An unguent paste; कल्काश्चूर्णकषायांश्च स्नानानि विविधानि च (kalkāścūrṇakaṣāyāṃśca snānāni vividhāni ca) Rām.2.91.74; a paste used as plaster or cement also called Yoga (mixture).

3) (Hence) Dirt, filth (in general).

4) Ordure, fæces.

5) Meanness, deceit, hypocrisy; Śi.19.98.

6) Sin. तपो न कल्कोऽध्ययनं न कल्कः स्वाभाविको वेदविधिर्न कल्कः । प्रसह्य वित्ताहरणं न कल्कस्तान्येव भावोपहतानि कल्कः (tapo na kalko'dhyayanaṃ na kalkaḥ svābhāviko vedavidhirna kalkaḥ | prasahya vittāharaṇaṃ na kalkastānyeva bhāvopahatāni kalkaḥ) (dīnadaṇḍareṣā) Mb.1.1.275.

7) Levigated powder; तां लोभ्रकल्केन हृताङ्गतैलाम् (tāṃ lobhrakalkena hṛtāṅgatailām) Ku.7.9.

8) Incense.

9) The wax of the ear.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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