Kantapunkha, Kaṇṭapuṅkhā, Kanta-punkha: 2 definitions


Kantapunkha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Kantapunkha in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kaṇṭapuṅkhā (कण्टपुङ्खा) is a variety of Śarapuṅkhā, a medicinal plant identified with Tephrosia purpurea Linn. (“common tephrosia”) from the Fabaceae or “legume” family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.71-74 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu.

Kaṇṭapuṅkhā is mentioned as having two synonyms: Kaṇṭālu and Kaṇṭapuṅkhikā.

Properties and characteristics: “Kaṇṭapuṅkhā is another variety of Śarapuṅkhā. It is also pungent, hot and relieves worm infestations and colic”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Kantapunkha in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

1) Kantapunkha in India is the name of a plant defined with Tephrosia spinosa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Cracca spinosa Kuntze (among others).

2) Kantapunkha is also identified with Tephrosia uniflora It has the synonym Tephrosia quartiniana Cufod., nom. nud. (etc.).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Willdenowia (1987)
· Tentamen Florae Abyssinicae (1847)
· Hooker’s Journal of Botany and Kew Garden Miscellany (1850)
· Synopsis Plantarum (1807)
· Revisio Generum Plantarum (1891)
· Flora of Tropical Africa (1871)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kantapunkha, for example diet and recipes, side effects, health benefits, extract dosage, pregnancy safety, chemical composition, have a look at these references.

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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