Mushkakadi, Mushkaka-adi, Muṣkakādi: 2 definitions



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The Sanskrit term Muṣkakādi can be transliterated into English as Muskakadi or Mushkakadi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Muṣkakādi (मुष्ककादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as having the effect of “removing the defects of semen,” efficacious in meha, piles, jaundice, chlorosis, gravels and urinary calculi in the bladder, etc.. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Muṣkaka (Schrebera swietenioides) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Muṣkaka, Palāśa, Dhava, Citraka, Madana, Śiṃśapā and Triphalā, etc. The collection of herbs named Muṣkakādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The group of medicinal drugs known as the Mushkakādi consists of

  1. Mushkaka,
  2. Palāsha,
  3. Dhava,
  4. Chitraka,
  5. Madana,
  6. Shinshapā,
  7. Vajra-Vriksha
  8. and Triphalā.

The present group is possessed of the therapeutic virtue of destroying fat and removing the defects of semen. Meha, piles, jaundice, chlorosis, gravels and urinary calculi in the bladder are the diseases which yield to its curative efficacy.

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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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