Mamsi, Māṃsī: 4 definitions



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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Māṃsī (मांसी) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “Indian spikenard”, flowering plant/herb from the Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle) family, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. The official botanical name of the plant is Nardostachys jatamansi and is commonly known in English as “spikenard” or “muskroot”. It grows in the alpine Himalayas on medium through high altitudes. It is derived from the Sanskrit word māṃsa, which, when literally translated means “flesh, meat”. It has been used since ancient times as as a perfume. In traditional Indian medicine, Bimbī is used as part of various recipes and pastes.

This plant (Māṃsī) is possibly identified as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers, 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 referred to as Bālaka.

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Māṃsī (मांसी) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Nardostachys grandiflora DC.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning māṃsī] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Māṃsī (मांसी).—Nardostachys Jatāmansi (jaṭāmāṃsī).

See also (synonyms): māṃsikā, māṃsinī.

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

1) Māṃsī (मांसी):—[from māṃsa > māṃs] a f. Nardostachys Jatamansi, [Varāha-mihira; Suśruta]

2) [v.s. ...] = kakkolī, f.; = māṃsa-cchadā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) Māṃsi (मांसि):—[from māṃs] m. sperm

4) [v.s. ...] mfn. having the smell of sperm, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) Māṃsī (मांसी):—[from māṃs] b f. Nardostachys Jatamansi, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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