Lakshadi, Lākṣādi, Laksha-adi: 2 definitions

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Lakshadi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.

The Sanskrit term Lākṣādi can be transliterated into English as Laksadi or Lakshadi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Lākṣādi (लाक्षादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as acting as a vermifuge, being an aseptic agent in cases of bad and malignant or indolent ulcers. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Lākṣā (lac produced by Coccus lacca) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Lākṣā, Ārevatā, Kuṭaja, Aśvamāra, Nimba, Saptachhada, and Mālatī. The collection of herbs named Lākṣādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The drugs known as the

  1. Lākshā,
  2. Ārevata,
  3. Kutaja,
  4. Ashvamāra,
  5. Katphalam,
  6. Haridrā,
  7. Dāru-Haridrā,
  8. Nimva,
  9. Saptachchhada,
  10. Mālati,
  11. and Trāyamānā

form the Lākshādi Gana.

This consists of astringent, bitter and sweet taste (Rasa) and acts as a good vermifuge and a purifying (aseptic) agent in cases of bad, malignant or indolent ulcers. Diseases due to the deranged Kapham and Pittam prove amenable to its curative properties, which extend to cases of cutaneous affections (Kushtham) as well.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

1) Lākṣādi refers to a medicinal recipe mentioned in the Tailakhaṇḍa (verse 3.24) of the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Tailakhaṇḍa [mentioning lākṣādi] contains recipes and medicated oils (taila) that treat the patients on such conditions as fever, dyspnoea, cough, asthma, etc.

2) Lākṣādi refers to a medicinal recipe mentioned in the Lepakhaṇḍa (verse 4.4) of the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Lepakhaṇḍa [mentioning lākṣādi] contains recipes according to circumstances as advised by tradition. They treat the patient suffering from conditions such as fever, piles, emaciation, anorexia, tuberculosis, diarrhea, etc.

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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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