Nasya, Nashya, Nāśya, Nāsya: 20 definitions


Nasya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Nāśya can be transliterated into English as Nasya or Nashya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume II

The term Nasya, in the specific sense, is particularly used with reference to the snuffing of any Sneha (oleaginous substance) with a view to make up the deficient oily matter in the brain in the case of a patient complaining of a sense of void or emptiness in the head or to impart tone to the nerves and muscles of the neck, shoulders and chest, or to invigorate the eye-sight.

Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Nasya (नस्य) refers to “sternutatories”, as mentioned in verse 5.26 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] among the (different kinds of milk [viz., payas]), [...] Human milk [viz., mānuṣa] (is) destructive of eye-diseases (coming) of wind, choler, blood, and injury, (and that) in the form of refreshments and instillations (as well as) sternutatories [viz., nasya]”.

Source: PMC: Development of a Nasya fitness form for clinical practice

Nasya (intranasal drug administration) is one of the therapeutic procedures part of Pañcakarma which acts both at local and systemic levels. It is the practitioner's prime duty to consider the patient's fitness prior to any Pañcakarma treatment, as these treatments are similar to any operative procedures used in allopathic medicine.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Vaidyavallabha: An Authoritative Work on Ayurveda Therapeutics

Nasya (नस्य) refers to “errhine therapy”, and is dealt with in the 17th-century Vaidyavallabha (chapter 1) written by Hastiruci.—The Vaidyavallabha is a work which deals with the treatment and useful for all 8 branches of Ayurveda. The text Vaidyavallabha (mentioning nasya) has been designed based on the need of the period of the author, availability of drugs during that time, disease manifesting in that era, socio-economical-cultural-familial-spiritual-aspects of that period Vaidyavallabha.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Snake bite treatment in Prayoga samuccayam

Nasya (नस्य) refers to “nasal administration”, and is used in the treatment of poison (viṣa), according to the 20th century Prayogasamuccaya (one of the most popular and widely practised book in toxicology in Malayalam).—The author has given a detailed description of types of [snake-] bite mark and the corresponding causes and prognosis. [...] Fume therapy using certain drugs can help regain consciousness. The first dung of a calf is ground in the urine of a goat and a suppository is made which is used for dhūmapāna (fume inhalation). This chapter also includes many nasya (nasal administration), añjana (collyrium), lepa (external ointment/liniment), pāna (drink) with simple drugs mentioned.

Chapter four explains rājila-viṣa (krait family) treatment. Vegānusāra-cikitsā (stage wise treatment), symptoms and treatment of 13 types of rājila snakes are mentioned. [...] Nasya and añjana to revive a person from unconsciousness have been described.

Source: Ayurveda glossary of terms

Nasya (नस्य):—Administration of drugs by nasal route, all drugs and measures introduced through nose spread throughout the head and its constituent drugs may influence all the doshas, poisons and disease situated in these parts.

Source: Asian Agri-History: Paśu Āyurvēda (Veterinary Medicine) in Garuḍapurāṇa

Nasya (नस्य) refers to the “errhines”, according to sections on the treatment of Horses (Gajāyurveda or Aśvāyurveda) in the Garuḍapurāṇa.—In certain afflictions when nasya (errhines) become necessary either the juice of Mātuluṅga (Citrus medica) or that of Māṃsī (Nardostachys jatamansi) should be used for that purpose. The first day's dosage is two pala (48gms) weight. Every day it has to be increased by a pala. The maximum for a first class horse is eighten pala. In the average class it is fourteen and for the lowest class of horse it is eight pala weight. Errhines are not to be administered in autumn or summer seasons.

Source: Shodhganga: Kasyapa Samhita—Text on Visha Chikitsa

Nasya (नस्य) refers to “nasal spray” and represents one of the modes of treatment for the venom (viṣa) of snakes, as taught in the Viṣacikitsā of the Kāśyapa Saṃhitā: an ancient Sanskrit text from the Pāñcarātra tradition dealing with both Tantra and Viṣacikitsā. The Viṣacikitsā teaches both general first aid as well as specialised treatment and regimen for the different varieties of snakes. The Kāśyapa Saṃhitā deals exclusively and extensively with the symptoms and the corrective herbal treatment for poisonous bites of snakes. Various modes of treatment like are recommended in different prakaraṇas [e.g., nasya or nasal spray].

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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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Yoga (school of philosophy)

Source: ORA: Amanaska (king of all yogas): A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation by Jason Birch

Nasya (नस्य) refers to “snorting (water)”, according to the Haṭhapradīpikā 3.96-98.—Accordingly, “Having discarded the first flow of water because of its excessive heat and the last flow because it is worthless, [the Yogin] should use the middle flow [which is] cool. In the Khaṇḍakāpālika sect, this is [called] Amarolī. If he regularly drinks the [middle flow called] Amarī; snorts (nasya) [it] everyday and correctly practices Vajrolī Mudrā [in order to draw it up his urethra], it is called Amarolī. He should mix the lunar fluid which is emitted because of [this] practice, with ashes and [then,] put it on the upper body (i.e., the head, eyes, shoulders, throat, chest, arms and so on). [As a result], divine sight arises”.

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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

nasya (नस्य).—a S Relating to the nose, nasal.

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nasya (नस्य).—n S Snuff &c. or any medicine administered through the nose, an errhine.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

nasya (नस्य).—a Relation to the nose, nasal.

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nasya (नस्य).—n Snuff &c. or any medicine ad- ministered through the nose.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Nasya (नस्य).—a. [nāsikāyai hitaṃ tatra bhavaṃ vā yat nasādeśaḥ] Nasal.

-syam 1 The hairs in the nose.

2) A sternutatory; कुरुते मूढ एवं हि यः श्रेयो नाधिगच्छति । धूपैरञ्जनयोगैश्च नस्यकर्मभि- रेव च (kurute mūḍha evaṃ hi yaḥ śreyo nādhigacchati | dhūpairañjanayogaiśca nasyakarmabhi- reva ca) || Mahābhārata (Bombay) 12.14.34.

-syā 1 The nose.

2) The string through the nose of an animal; नस्यागृहीतोऽपि धुवन्विषाण- योर्युगम् (nasyāgṛhīto'pi dhuvanviṣāṇa- yoryugam) Śiśupālavadha 12.1.

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Nāśya (नाश्य).—a. Destructible.

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Nāsya (नास्य).—A nose-cord, the rein of a draught-ox (passed through the septum of the nostrils); Manusmṛti 8.291.

Derivable forms: nāsyam (नास्यम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nasya (नस्य).—mfn.

(-syaḥ-syā-syaṃ) Nasal, relating or belonging to the nose. n.

(-syaṃ) A sternutatory, snuff. f.

(-syā) The nose. E. nasā the nose, yat aff.

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Nāsya (नास्य).—n.

(-syaṃ) The rein of an ox passed through the septum of the nostrils. E. nāsā the nose, śarīrāvayavatvāt yat aff. nāsāyāṃ bhavam .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nasya (नस्य).—[nas + ya], n. 1. A sternutatory, [Suśruta] 2, 235, 21. 2. f. , A nosebridle.

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Nāsya (नास्य).—i. e. nāsā + ya, n. 1. A nose-cord, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 8, 291. 2. A multitude of noses (?), [Harivaṃśa, (ed. Calc.)] 15996.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Nasya (नस्य).—[adjective] being in the nose; [feminine] ā the string through the nose of an animal (cf. [preceding]); [neuter] a sternutatory.

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Nāśya (नाश्य).—[adjective] to be removed or destroyed.

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Nāsya (नास्य).—[neuter] nose-cord (cf. nasya).

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

1) Nasya (नस्य):—[from nas] mfn. belonging to or being in the nose (as breath), [Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa]

2) Nasyā (नस्या):—[from nasya > nas] f. n°-cord, [Yājñavalkya [Scholiast or Commentator]] (cf. nāsya)

3) [v.s. ...] the nose, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

4) Nasya (नस्य):—[from nas] n. the hairs in the n°, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā]

5) [v.s. ...] a sternutatory, errhine, [Mahābhārata; Rāmāyaṇa; Suśruta]

6) Nāśya (नाश्य):—[from nāśa] mfn. liable to be destroyed or removed or banished, [Bhāṣāpariccheda; Kapila] (-tva n.)

7) Nāsya (नास्य):—[from nās] n. the nose-cord (of a draught-ox etc.), [Manu-smṛti viii, 291]

8) [v.s. ...] ([probably]) an errhine (in next).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Nasya (नस्य):—[(syaḥ-syā-syaṃ)] 1. a. Nasal. f. (syā) The nose. n. Snuff.

2) Nāsya (नास्य):—(syaṃ) 1. n. An ox nose-rein.

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Nasya in German

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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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Kannada-English dictionary

Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Naśya (ನಶ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] any kind of medicinal powder, taken by inhaling.

2) [noun] a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostrils by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum; snuff.

3) [noun] ನಶ್ಯ ಏರಿಸು [nashya erisu] naśya ērisu = ನಶ್ಯ ಹಾಕು [nashya haku]; ನಶ್ಯ ಹಾಕು [nashya haku] naśya hāku to draw in snuff through the nostril; to inhale snuff.

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Naśya (ನಶ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] that which is not permanent; impermanence.

2) [noun] the quality or fact of being impermanent.

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Nasya (ನಸ್ಯ):—

1) [noun] anything that is related to the nose.

2) [noun] the act or process of making a person inhale a medicinal powder, snuff, etc. through nostrils.

3) [noun] a kind of medicinal powder, taken by inhaling.

4) [noun] a preparation of tobacco, either powdered and taken into the nostril by inhalation or ground and placed between the cheek and gum; snuff.

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Nāśya (ನಾಶ್ಯ):—[noun] that may or is liable to be ruined, spoiled; that may perish; perishable.

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Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.

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