Lottaka, aka: Loṭṭāka; 1 Definition(s)

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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Lottaka in Ayurveda glossaries]

Loṭṭāka (लोट्टाक) is a Sanskrit word referring to Amaranthus tricolor (chinese spinach), from the Amaranthaceae family. Certain plant parts of Loṭṭāka are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”. Caraka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic value of the plant.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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