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Mahauṣadhī, aka: Maha-aushadhi; 3 Definition(s)

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Mahauṣadhī means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Mahauṣadhī can be transliterated into English as Mahaushadhi or Mahausadhi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Āyurveda (science of life)

Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी) is another name for Śuṇṭhī, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Zingiber officinale (dried ginger). It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 5.24-28), which is a  13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Hindu science dealing with subjects such as health, medicine, anatomy, etc. and has been in use throughout India since ancient times.

Rasaśāstra (chemistry and alchemy)

Mahauṣadhī (महौषधी):—One of the sixty-four Divyauṣadhi, which are powerful drugs for solidifying mercury (rasa), according to Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara (chapter 9).

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Mahauṣadhi (महौषधि):—These are sixty seven in numbers and considered useful for sūta-bandhana and māraṇa etc. karmas (purposes). The names of Mahauṣadhis, as per Rasaśāstra texts (rasa literature), are:

  1. Ṛddhī
  2. Śoṣiṇī
  3. Adhoguptā
  4. Śrāvaṇī
  5. Sārivā
  6. Jyotiṣmatī
  7. Tejavatī
  8. Rāsnā
  9. Bākucī
  10. Vimbikā
  11. Viṣāṇikā
  12. Aśvagandhā
  13. Varṣābhū
  14. Śarapuṣpikā
  15. Balā
  16. Atibalā
  17. Nāgabalā
  18. Dantī
  19. Mahābalā
  20. Dravantī
  21. Nīlinī
  22. Śatapuṣpā
  23. Prasāriṇī
  24. Barā
  25. Śatāvarī
  26. Elā
  27. Hapuṣā
  28. Sātalā
  29. Tṛvṛt
  30. Svarṇakṣīrī
  31. Tugā
  32. Pṛthvī
  33. Viśālā
  34. Nāḷikā
  35. Amalī
  36. Indravārūṇi
  37. Kākāhva
  38. Sinduvārā
  39. Ajamodikā
  40. Trāyamāṇā
  41. Asurī
  42. Śaṅkhapuṣpī
  43. Girikarṇikā
  44. Dhātakī
  45. Kadalī
  46. Dūrvā
  47. Amlikā
  48. Kāsamardikā
  49. Jantupādī
  50. Nirguṇḍī
  51. Drākṣā
  52. Nīlotpalā
  53. Śamī
  54. Nālikerī
  55. Kharjūrī
  56. Phalgu
  57. Śiṃśī
  58. Mallikā
  59. Vārṣikī
  60. Śālmalī
  61. Jātī
  62. Grīṣmavarṣā
  63. Yūthikā
  64. Kekicūḍā
  65. Ajagandhā
  66. Lakṣmaṇā
  67. Taruṇī
Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 9

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Rasaśāstra (रसशास्त्र, rasa-shastra) is an important branch of Āyurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasaśāstra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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