Mustadi, Musta-adi, Mustādi: 2 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

1) Mustadi (मुस्तदि) refers to “a medicinal powder”, and is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā.

2) Mustādi (उत्पलादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as curing uterine and vaginal disorders, purifying mother’s milk, and acting as good digestants. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Mustā (Cyperus rotundus, “nut grass”) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Mustā, Haridrā, Haritakī, Āmalakī, Vibhītaka, Haimavatī, Dāvidī and Bhallātaka. The collection of herbs named Mustādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The group of drugs known as Mushtādi Gana is composed of

  1. Mustā,
  2. Haridrā,
  3. Dāru-Haridrā,
  4. Haritaki,
  5. Āmlaki,
  6. Vibhitaka,
  7. Kushtha,
  8. Haimavati,
  9. Vachā,
  10. Pāthā,
  11. Katurohini,
  12. Shāmgashta,
  13. Ativishā,
  14. Dravidi,
  15. Bhallātaka
  16. and Chitraka.

The group under discussion destroys the deranged Shleshmā, cures uterine and vaginal disorders, purifies the breast milk of a mother, and acts as a good digestant (Pāchana).

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Mustādi refers to a medicinal recipe mentioned in the Khalakhaṇḍa (verse 2.3) of the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Khalakhaṇḍa [mentioning mustādi] is named after Khala, in which the medium (of recipes) is buttermilk, and has been given such importance that a whole chapter is being left for it. Recipes treat patients suffering from a variety of conditions (viz., fever, haemorrhagic diseases, piles, 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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