Kiratatikta, Kirātatikta, Kirata-tikta: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Kiratatikta in Ayurveda glossary

Cikitsa (natural therapy and treatment for medical conditions)

Source: Wisdom Library: Ayurveda: Cikitsa

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त) is a Sanskrit word referring to “chiretta plant”, a plant from the Gentianaceae (gentian) family of flowering plants, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known by the name Bhūnimba in Sanskrit, and as Kālamegha or Kalpanātha in the Hindi language. The official botanical name is Swertia chirata and is commonly referred to in English as “Green chiretta” or “Creat” among others.

This plant (Kirātatikta) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Kirātatiktādigaṇa group of medicinal drugs.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त) refers to the medicinal plant Swertia chirata (Roxb. Ex. Flem.) Kar., and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the Ayurvedic Formulary of India (as well as the Pharmacopoeia).—Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal. The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Kirātatikta] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.

The plant plant Swertia chirata (Roxb. Ex. Flem.) Kar. (Kirātatikta) is known as Bhūnimba according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2.

Note: Andrographis paniculata Nees is also used as Kirātatikta but there is not mention of it in the ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India’. It is better known as Kālamegha.

Kalpa (Formulas, Drug prescriptions and other Medicinal preparations)

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त) refers to a medicinal plant known as Swertia chirata Wall., and is mentioned in the 10th century Yogaśataka written by Pandita Vararuci.—The Yogaśataka of Pandita Vararuci is an example of this category. This book attracts reader by its very easy language and formulations which can be easily prepared and have small number of herbs (viz., Kirātatikta). It describes only those formulations which are the most common and can be used in majority conditions of diseases.

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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)

[«previous next»] — Kiratatikta in Hinduism glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

Kirātatikta is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine commonly known as Swertia chirayita.

Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Kiratatikta in Biology glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Local Names of Plants and Drugs

Kiratatikta [किराततिक्त] in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Swertia souliei Burkill from the Gentianaceae (Gentian) family having the following synonyms: Swertia subspeciosa, Swertia corymbosa. For the possible medicinal usage of kiratatikta, you can check this page for potential sources and references, although be aware that any some or none of the side-effects may not be mentioned here, wether they be harmful or beneficial to health.

Kiratatikta in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Swertia lawii Burkill from the Gentianaceae (Gentian) family.

Kiratatikta in the Sanskrit language is the name of a plant identified with Swertia paniculata Wall. from the Gentianaceae (Gentian) family having the following synonyms: Ophelia paniculata, Ophelia wallichii, Swertia gracilescens.

Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Kirata-tikta in India is the name of a plant defined with Swertia chirayita in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Ophelia chirata Wall. (among others).

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

· Planta Medica (1991)
· The India Journal of Experimental Biology (IJEB) (1991)
· Journal of Non-Timber Forest Products (1996)
· Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2003)
· The India Journal of Experimental Biology (IJEB) (1996)

If you are looking for specific details regarding Kirata-tikta, for example chemical composition, extract dosage, side effects, pregnancy safety, diet and recipes, health benefits, 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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kiratatikta in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त).—Name of a medicinal herb (Mar. kirāīta, cirāīta).

Derivable forms: kirātatiktaḥ (किराततिक्तः).

Kirātatikta is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms kirāta and tikta (तिक्त).

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

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त).—m.

(-ktaḥ) A kind of gentian, (Gentiana cherayta.) E. kirāta a savage, tikta pungent, bitter.

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

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त):—[=kirāta-tikta] [from kirāta] m. the plant Agathotes Chirayta (a kind of gentian), [Suśruta]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Kirātatikta (किराततिक्त):—[kirāta-tikta] (ktaḥ) 1. m. Gentian.

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Kiratatikta in German

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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 (even English!). 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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Kannada-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Kiratatikta in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Kirātatikta (ಕಿರಾತತಿಕ್ತ):—[noun] = ಕಿರಾತ - [kirata -] 3.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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