Snehottama, Sneha-uttama: 1 definition


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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Vagbhata’s Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita (first 5 chapters)

Snehottama (स्नेहोत्तम) refers to the “foremost among fats” (i.e., snehānām uttamam), as mentioned in verse 5.37-39 of the Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā (Sūtrasthāna) by Vāgbhaṭa.—Accordingly, “[...] [ghee is] recommended for [...] foremost among fats [viz., snehottama], cooling, (and) a first-rate preservative of youth: [...]: ghee [viz., ghṛta] (is) possessed of a thousand powers (and), by its (many) ways of application, productive of a thousand effects”.

Note: Snehottama [snehānām uttamam] (“foremost among fats”) has been rendered snum-gyi naṅ-na snum mchog (“the best fat among fats”), for which NP1 read sman-gyi naṅ-na snum mchog (“the best fat among medicines”)—(this being doubtless a redactional change).—The second snum is spelt snuṃ in N; cf. Introduction p. 23 n. 6.

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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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