Panasaphala: 1 definition



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Ayurveda (science of life)

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

Panasaphala (पनसफल) refers to “bread-fruit”, and is sometimes identified with Coca which is mentioned in verse 3.31 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Coca (K wrongly prints a second moca) usually denotes the cinnamon bark but may also stand for the coco-nut, the fan-palm fruit, and the banana (MW p. 402). Adding to this uncertainty, Aruṇadatta identifies it as panasaphala (“bread-fruit”), while Indu is silent on the point. Candranandana and Hemādri, however, give nālikera (“coco-nut”) as equivalent, and this is also the meaning of rgya-star (corrupted to rgyas-ltar in NP), which recurs in 5.19 & 6.117 as the sole spelling of all xylographs and roughly translates “large nut”.

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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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