Raktapunarnava, Rakta-punarnava, Raktapunarnavā: 6 definitions


Raktapunarnava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, biology. 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.

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[«previous next»] — Raktapunarnava in Ayurveda glossary
Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

Raktapunarnavā (रक्तपुनर्नवा) is the Sanskrit name for a medicinal plant identified with Boerhaavia diffusa Linn. or “red spiderling” from the Nyctaginaceae or “four o'clock” family of flowering plants, according to verse 5.117-120 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. Note: Raktapunarnavā is also known as Vṛścīva. Cf. Punarnavā and Nīlapunarnavā.

Raktapunarnavā is mentioned as having twenty-one synonyms: Krūrā, Maṇḍalapatrikā, Raktakāṇḍā, Varṣaketu, Lohitā, Raktapatrikā, Vaiśākhī, Raktavarṣābhū, Śophaghnī, Raktapuṣpikā, Vikasvarā, Viṣaghnī, Prāvṛṣeṇyā, Sāriṇī, Varṣābhava, Śoṇapatra, Śoṇa, Sammīlitadruma (Saṃmīlitadruma), Punarnava, Nava and Navya.

Properties and characteristics: “The red-flowered Punarnavā or Raktapunarnavā is bitter (tikta), purgative and cures the oedema. It is useful in menorrhagia or other types of dysfunctional uterine bleeding. It quells diseases due to vitiated pitta and anaemia”.

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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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Biology (plants and animals)

[«previous next»] — Raktapunarnava in Biology glossary
Source: Google Books: CRC World Dictionary (Regional names)

Raktapunarnava in India is the name of a plant defined with Boerhavia diffusa in various botanical sources. This page contains potential references in Ayurveda, modern medicine, and other folk traditions or local practices It has the synonym Boerhavia erecta L. (among others).

Example references for further research on medicinal uses or toxicity (see latin names for full list):

· Actes de la Société d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris (1792)
· Species Plantarum (1753)
· Fl. Cochinch. (1790)
· Mant. Pl. Altera (1771)
· Mus. Senckenberg.
· Phytographia (1794)

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This sections includes definitions from the five kingdoms of living things: Animals, Plants, Fungi, Protists and Monera. It will include both the official binomial nomenclature (scientific names usually in Latin) as well as regional spellings and variants.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Raktapunarnava in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Raktapunarnavā (रक्तपुनर्नवा):—[=rakta-punarnavā] [from rakta > raj] f. a red-flowering Punarnavā, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Raktapunarnava 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

[«previous next»] — Raktapunarnava in Kannada glossary
Source: Alar: Kannada-English corpus

Raktapunarnava (ರಕ್ತಪುನರ್ನವ):—[noun] the plant Boerhaavia diffusa ( = B. procumbens, = B. repens) of Hyctaginaceae family; spreading hog weed.

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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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