Sharngeshta, aka: Śārṅgeṣṭā; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śārṅgeṣṭā can be transliterated into English as Sarngesta or Sharngeshta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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1) Śārṅgeṣṭā (शार्ङ्गेष्टा) is a Sanskrit word referring to Dregea volubilis (sneeze wort), from the Apocynaceae family. Certain plant parts of Śārṅgeṣṭā are eaten as a vegetable (śāka), according to Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Āyurvedic work. The plant is therefore part of the Śākavarga group of medicinal plants, referring to the “group of vegetables/pot-herbs”. The plant is native to India.

Śārṅgeṣṭā is also identified as a synonym for Hemajīvantī, referring to the same Dregea volubilis, according to Narahari in his Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 6.183), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

2) Śārṅgeṣṭā (शार्ङ्गेष्टा) is another name for Mahākarañja, which is a Sanskrit word referring to Millettia piscidia. It is classified as a medicinal plant in the system of Āyurveda (science of Indian medicine) and is used throughout literature such as the Suśrutasaṃhita and the Carakasaṃhitā. The synonym was identified in the Rājanighaṇṭu (verse 7.69), which is a 13th-century medicinal thesaurus.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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