Kulattha; 8 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Āyurveda (science of life)

Kulattha (राजमाष) is a Sanskrit word referring to Macrotyloma uniflorum (“horse-gram” or “kulthi bean”). It is a type of “awned grain” (śūkadhānya), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant Kulattha 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. Kulattha is hot, astringent and amlapāka in character. It alleviates kapha, semen and vāta. It is constipating and beneficial for cough, hiccup, dyspnoea and piles. Also see Kaulattha, “a drink prepared with Kulattha”.

According to the Bhāvaprakāśa it is also known as Kulatthikā. The Bhāvaprakāśa, which is a 16th century medicinal thesaurus authored by Bhāvamiśra.

According to the Mādhavacikitsā (7th-century Āyurvedic work), this plant (Kulattha) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) chapter. In this work, the plant is also known by the name Kulathī.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The seeds of Kulattha are hot, irritant, slightly sour and aggravate pitta. They break calculi and windy tumours and destroy semen.

(Source): Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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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.

General definition (in Hinduism)

In different classical texts of Ayurveda, seed of Kulattha (Dolichos biflorus Linn, Fabaceae), is being recommended as both drug and diet. It is one of the drug of choice for the management of urinary calculi (Ashmari). It has been used for internal as well as external application, Yusha (Soup) prepared from Kulattha seed has therapeutic effect in many diseases like Shwasa (Dyspnoea), Kasa (Cough), Pinasa (Sinusitis), Hikka (Hiccough) etc.

(Source): ResearchGate: Safety Valuation of Kulattha

Horse gram (kulattha) is scientifically known as Macrotyloma uniflorum. It also goes by the name Dolichos biflorus. Due to a lot of confusion in the Dolichos category, the right name for Horse gram scientifically is Macrotyloma uniflorum. According to the USDA database both the names Macrotyloma uniflorum and Dolichos biflorus mean the same Horse gram.

It is a dark brown lentil which round and flattened in shape. Horse gram is known to have many therapeutic effects but not scientifically proven though it has been recommended in ayurvedic medicine to treat renal stones, piles, edema etc. It is rich in iron, calcium molybdenum, polyphenols which have high antioxidant capacity, and hemagluttinin which is a substance found in antibodies and autoimmune functions.

(Source): innovateus.net: What are the Health Benefits of Horse gram?

In Buddhism

Pali

kulattha : (m.) a kind of vetch.

(Source): BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Kulattha, a kind of vetch M. I, 245 (°yūsa): Miln. 267; Vism. 256 (°yūsa). (Page 223)

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

General definition (in Buddhism)

Kulattha (कुलत्थ) refers to Delichos biflous.—A kind of black or grey-seeded lentil known in Hindi as kulathī. It is sometimes referred to as “horse gram”.

(Source): Google Books: Divine Stories: Divyavadana

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

Kulattha (कुलत्थ) refers to a type of pulse (Dolichos uniflorus) and represents one of the seventeen varieties of dhānya (“grain”) according to Śvetāmbara tradition and listed in Hemacandra’s 12th century Yogaśāstra (verse 3.95). Dhānya represents one of the classes of the external (bahya) division of attachment (parigraha) and is related to the Aparigraha-vrata (vow of non-attachment).

(Source): archive.org: Jaina Yoga
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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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