Varunadi, Varuṇādi, Varuna-adi: 2 definitions



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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

Varuṇādi (वरुणादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as being efficacious in cases of cephalacgia, gulma and internal abscesses, etc. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Varuṇa (Crataeva nurvala) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Varuṇa, Pūtika, Agnimantha, Vāsuka, Bilva, Ajaśṛṅgī and Darbha. The collection of herbs named Varuṇādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

Source: Sushruta samhita, Volume I

The drugs known as

  1. Varuna,
  2. Ārtagala,
  3. Shigru,
  4. Madhu-Shigru,
  5. Tarkāri,
  6. Mesha-Shringi,
  7. Putika,
  8. Naktamāla,
  9. Morata,
  10. Agni-mantha,
  11. the two kinds of Sairiyaka,
  12. Vimvi,
  13. Vasuka,
  14. Vasira,
  15. Chitraka,
  16. Shatāvari,
  17. Vilva,
  18. Ajashringi,
  19. Darbhā,
  20. and the two kinds of Vrihati

form the group known as the Varunādi.

The group is possessed of the efficacy of reducing the deranged Kapham and fat and proves efficacious in cases of cephalaegia, Gulma and internal abscesses.

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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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