Vajikaranacikitsa, Vājīkaraṇacikitsā, Vajikarana-cikitsa: 1 definition



Vajikaranacikitsa 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 Vajikaranachikitsa.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Ancient Science of Life: Critical Review of Rasaratna Samuccaya

Vājīkaraṇacikitsā (वाजीकरणचिकित्सा) or simply Vājīkaraṇa refers to “aphrodisiac therapy”, and mentioned in the Rasaratnasamuccaya: a 13th century C.E. alchemical treatise, authored by Vāgbhaṭa, is a useful compilation related to preparation and properties of drugs of mineral and metallic origin.—The 26th and 27th chapters are devoted to jararoga (geriatric diseases), rasāyana (rejuvenation) and vājīkaraṇacikitsā (aphrodisiac therapy) respectively, through the use of both herbal and herbo-mineral formulations.

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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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