Trikatu, aka: Trikaṭu, Tri-katu; 6 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Trikaṭu (त्रिकटु, “three spices”) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, eg:

  1. Pippalī (long pepper ), 
  2. Marica (black pepper ), 
  3. Śṛṅgavera or Śuṇṭhī (dried ginger).

They are classified as destroying fat and kapha, meha, curing abdominal glands, catarrh, dullness of the appetite and indigestion. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words tri (‘three’) and kaṭu, translating to “pungent” or “spice”. The collection of herbs named Trikaṭu is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

According to the Mādhavacikitsā it also has medicinal properties used for the treatment of all major fevers (jvara), as described in the Jvaracikitsā (or “the treatment of fever”) chapter. In this work, it also bears the name Vyoṣa.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Trikaṭu (त्रिकटु).—The Sanskrit name for an important Āyurvedic drug combination.—Trikaṭu, like Triphalā, is the combination of three pungents—Śuṇṭhī, Pippalī and Marica. It destroys vāta and kapha and promotes digestive fire.

Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda

The Trikatu group consists of

  1. Pippali,
  2. Maricha
  3. and Shringavera.

It destroys fat and Kapham, proves curative in cutaneous affections, leprosy (Kushtha), and morbid discharges from the urethra, and is possessed of the virtue of curing abdominal glands, catarrh, dullness of the appetite and indigestion.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Trikatu refers to a combination of the three pungents, viz., shunthi, pippali, and maricha. (see Bhudeb Mookerji and his Rasajalanidhi)

Source: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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trikaṭu (त्रिकटु).—m S An aggregate of three spices, viz. dry ginger, black pepper, long pepper.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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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

Trikaṭu (त्रिकटु).—dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper taken together as a drug; शिरामोक्षं विधायास्य दद्यात् त्रिकटुकं गुडम् (śirāmokṣaṃ vidhāyāsya dadyāt trikaṭukaṃ guḍam) Śālihotra 62.

Trikaṭu is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms tri and kaṭu (कटु).

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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