Vacadi, Vaca-adi, Vacādi: 2 definitions

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Vacadi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Vachadi.

In Hinduism

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Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Vacādi (वचादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants. Together with the Haridrādi group, they are classified as purifiers of breast milk, and curative of mucous dysentery (āmātisāra). It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Vacā (Acorus calamus) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Vacā, Musta, Abhayā, Bhadradāru and Nāgakeśara, etc. The collection of herbs named Vacādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The group known as the Vachādi Gana, consist of

  1. Vachā,
  2. Mustā,
  3. Ativishā,
  4. Abhayā,
  5. Bhadradāru,
  6. Nāgakeshara

These two groups (Vachādi and Haridrādi) are the purifiers of breast milk and specifically act as the assimilators of the deranged humours of the body, their curative properties being markedly witnessed in cases of mucous dysentery (Āmātisāra).
 

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

1) Vacādi refers to a medicinal recipe mentioned in the Tailakhaṇḍa (verse 3.177) of the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Tailakhaṇḍa [mentioning vacādi] contains recipes and medicated oils (taila) that treat the patients on such conditions as fever, dyspnoea, cough, asthma, etc.

2) Vacādi refers to a medicinal recipe mentioned in the Lepakhaṇḍa (verse 4.229) of the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Lepakhaṇḍa [mentioning vacādi] contains recipes according to circumstances as advised by tradition. They treat the patient suffering from conditions such as fever, piles, emaciation, anorexia, tuberculosis, diarrhea, etc.

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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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