Kapikacchu, Kapi-kacchu: 8 definitions


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Alternative spellings of this word include Kapikachchhu.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु) is a Sanskrit word referring to Mucuna pruriens (“velvet bean”). It is a type of legume (śamīdhānya), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work. It is also known as Ātmaguptā. The plant Kapikacchu is part of the Śamīdhānyavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of legumes”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant. The fruits of Kapikacchu are similar in properties to those of Māṣa, which is aphrodisisac, excellent vāta-alleviating, unctuous, hot, weet, heavy and strength-promoting in character. Māṣa also causes an abundance of faeces and gives sexual potency.

According to the Mādhavacikitsā (7th-century Ayurvedic work), this plant (Kapikacchu) is possibly identified with Vānarī, a medicinal used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) chapter.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Mucuna pruriens (velvet bean or cowhage or cowitch) from the Fabaceae or “bean family” of flowering plants, according to verse 3.50-53 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Kapikacchu is commonly known in Hindi as Kewānch or Kounch; in Marathi as Khāj-kabilī; in Gujurati as Kauch; in Kannada as Vāsgunnī; in Telugu as Pilliadugū or Dulagondī; and in Tamil as Punnaikkalī.

Kapikacchu is mentioned as having twenty-six synonyms: Ātmaguptā, Svayaṃguptā, Maharṣabhī, Lāṅgulī, Kuṇḍalī, Caṇḍā, Markaṭī, Durabhigrahā, Kapiromaphalā, Guptā, Dusparśā, Kacchurā, Jayā, Prāvṛṣeṇyā, Śūkaśimbī, Badarī, Guru, Ārṣabhī, Śimbī, Varāhikā, Tīkṣṇā, Romālu, Vanaśūkarī, Kīśaromā and Romavallī.

Properties and characteristics: “Kapikacchu is sweet, aphrodisiac and useful in vāta, kṣaya (tuberculosis), urticaria, bleeding disorders, and complicated wounds”.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु) is another name for “Ātmaguptā” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning kapikacchu] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

kapikacchu : (m.) the plant Mucana prutitus.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Kapikacchu refers to: the plant Mucuna pruritus Pv. II, 310; °phala its fruit PvA. 86;

Note: kapikacchu is a Pali compound consisting of the words kapi and kacchu.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु).—f. Name of a plant.

Derivable forms: kapikacchuḥ (कपिकच्छुः).

Kapikacchu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kapi and kacchu (कच्छु).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु).—f.

(-cchuḥ) Cowach, (Dolichos carpopogon.) E. kapi a monkey, and kacchu itching; also with final vowel long kapikacchū.

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Kapīkacchu (कपीकच्छु).—f.

(-cchuḥ) Cowach: aee kapikaccha.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kapikacchu (कपिकच्छु):—[=kapi-kacchu] [from kapi] f. us and ūs Mucuna Pruritus, [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā]

2) Kapīkacchu (कपीकच्छु):—[=kapī-kacchu] [from kapi] m. = kapi-ka above.

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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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