Varishaya, aka: Vāriśaya; 1 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Vāriśaya can be transliterated into English as Varisaya or Varishaya, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Vāriśaya (वारिशय) is the Sanskrit name for a group of animals referring to “animals who live in marshy land”, the meat of which is used as a medicinal substance. Vāriśaya is a sub-group of Māṃsavarga (“group of meat”). It is a technical term used throughout Āyurveda. It is also known by the name Vārija. They were originally composed by Caraka in his Carakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXVII.

The Vāriśaya group contains the following animals:

  1. Kūrma (tortoise),
  2. Karkaṭaka (crab),
  3. Matsya (fish),
  4. Śiśumāra (estuarine crocodile),
  5. Timiṅgala (whale),
  6. Śukti, (pearl oyster)
  7. Śaṅkha (conch snail),
  8. Udra (cat-fish),
  9. Kumbhīra (crocodile),
  10. Culukī (gangetic dolphins),
  11. Makara (great Indian crocodile).

Vāriśaya meat is heavy, hot and sweet in character. It promotes strength and development and acts as an aphrodisiac. It alleviates vāta but aggravata kapha and pitta. It is useful for the persons taking regular physical exercise and having strong digestive power.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
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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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