Pippalyadi, aka: Pippalyādi, Pippali-adi; 3 Definition(s)


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Pippalyādi (पिप्पल्यादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as acting as a good appetiser, and is an absorbent of intestinal mucous and unassimilated lymph chyle. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Pippalī (Piper longum) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Pippalī, Cavya, Marica, Elā, Sarṣapa, Hiṅgu, Ativiṣa and Vaca, etc. The collection of herbs named Pippalyādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The group of medicinal drugs known as the Pippalyādi consists of

  1. Pippali,
  2. Pippali mulam,
  3. Chavya,
  4. Chitraka,
  5. Shringavera,
  6. Maricha,
  7. Hasti-Pippali,
  8. Harenuka,
  9. Elā,
  10. Ajamodā,
  11. Indrayava,
  12. Pāthā,
  13. Jiraka,
  14. Sarshapa,
  15. Mahā-Nimva-Phala,
  16. Hingu,
  17. Bhārgi,
  18. Madhurasā,
  19. Ativishā,
  20. Vachā,
  21. Vidanga
  22. and Katurohini.

The present group acts as a good appetiser and is an absorbant of intestinal mucous and unassimilated lymph chyle. The range of its therapeutical application includes catarrh, deranged Kapham and Vātam, non-relish for food, abdominal glands, colic and gastralgia.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

Pippalyādi (पिप्पल्यादि) or Pippalyādivarga or Paṇyauṣadhivarga is the name of the sixth chapter of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu (an Ayurvedic encyclopedia). Accordingly, “this chapter deals with the drugs which are obtained from market (paṇyauṣadhīnāṃ). It begins with Pippalī and ends with Māyāphala. Number of drugs = 95”. Also, “a physician (bhiṣaj) can improve upon his knowledge through these chapters [viz., Pippalyādi] and thereafter he may draw his own conclusions”.

Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu
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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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