Ushakadi, aka: Ushaka-adi, Ūṣakādi; 2 Definition(s)

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The Sanskrit term Ūṣakādi can be transliterated into English as Usakadi or Ushakadi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Ushakadi in Ayurveda glossaries]

Ūṣakādi (ऊषकादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as curing gulma, urinary calculii, etc. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Ūṣaka (alkaline earth) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Ūṣaka, Kāsisa and Tutthaka. The collection of herbs named Ūṣakādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The medicinal drugs and substances known as

  1. Ushaka (alkaline earth),
  2. Saindhava salt,
  3. Shilājatu,
  4. the two kinds of Kāsisa,
  5. Hingu
  6. and Tutthaka

enter into the composition of the group known as the Ushakādi Gana.

It destroys kapham (mucous), absorbs the fat of the body and proves curative in cases .of stone or gravel in the bladder (urinary calculi), dysuria and abdominal glands (Gulma).

(Source): archive.org: 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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