Samanavayu, Samānavāyu, Samana-vayu: 2 definitions


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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Samānavāyu (समानवायु):—A Sanskrit technical term referring to “stimulating digestive fire”, it is one of the five upadoṣa (sub functions) of Vāta or Vāyu (one of the three doṣas). A doṣa is a basic component of life. The compound Samānavāyu is composed of the words Samāna (‘universal’ or ‘pervading’) and Vāyu (‘breath’). It is also known as Samānavāta. These terms are used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. Āyurveda is India’s classical science of medicine.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume II

The Samāna Vāyu courses in (governs) the stomach (Amāshaya) and in the region of intestines (Pakvāshaya). Its functions consist in digesting the chyme brought down into the intestines in unison with the digestive ferment (Agni), and especially in disintegrating its essence from its refuse or excreted matter. A deranged or aggravated condition of the Samána Váyu causes dysentery, Gulma, and impaired digestion, etc.

The Samāna is the same as the energy of the epigastric plexus.

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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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