Shunthi, aka: Śuṇṭhī, Śuṇṭhi; 5 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit terms Śuṇṭhī and Śuṇṭhi can be transliterated into English as Sunthi or Shunthi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Shunthi in Ayurveda glossaries]

Śuṇṭhī (शुण्ठी) is a Sanskrit word referring to “dried ginger”, referring to Zingiber officinale, a species of plant from the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. In Sanskrit, ginger is also known as Ārdraka. It is used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is employed as medicine or as a culinary spice. The word Śuṇṭhī is the feminime form of Śuṇṭha, either referring to a type of grass, or a piece of fleash or meat. It is derived from the root śuṇṭh, meaning “to limp” or “become dry”. It is a perennial herb growing stems of about a meter in height. It features narrow green leaves and has yellow flowers.

This plant (Śuṇṭhī) is also mentioned as a medicine used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) which forms the first chapter of the Sanskrit work called Mādhavacikitsā. In this work, the plant is also known by the synonyms Nāgara, Viśva, Viśvabheṣaja, Viśvauṣadha, Śṛṅgavera, or Mahauṣadha. In this work, the plant is mentioned being part of the Trikaṭu group of medicinal drugs.

According to the Rājanighaṇṭu (verses 5.24-28), dried ginger (śuṇṭhī) has the following synonyms: Śṛṅgavera, Mahauṣadha, Mahauṣadhī, Viśvā, Viśvabheṣaja, Viśvauṣadha, Kaṭugranthi, Kaṭubhadra, Kaṭūṣaṇa, Gandholī, Sauparṇa, Kaphāri, Ārdraka, Śoṣaṇa, Nāgarāhva and Cāndraka.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Śuṇṭhī (शुण्ठी).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug.—Nāgara and Viśvā are its popular synonyms. It is pungent, hot, destroys kapha and vāta, digests āma (immature factor) and is mainly useful in āmavāta (condition where vāta is associated with āma as in theumatoid arthritis).

(Source): Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

[Shunthi in Marathi glossaries]

śuṇṭhī (शुंठी).—f S Dry ginger.

(Source): DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

śuṇṭhī (शुंठी).—f Dry ginger.

(Source): DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

[Shunthi in Sanskrit glossaries]

Śuṇṭhi (शुण्ठि) or Śuṇṭhī (शुण्ठी).—f.,

-śuṇṭhyam Dry ginger.

Derivable forms: śuṇṭhiḥ (शुण्ठिः).

(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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. 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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