Vatsanabha, Vatsanābha, Vatsa-nabha: 7 definitions

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: Research Gate: Internal applications of Vatsanabha (Aconitum ferox wall)

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ) (Aconitum ferox) has been categorized under the sthāvara-viṣa (vegetable poisons) group of drugs. Though Vatsanābha is considered as one of the deadly poision, it has been extensively used in ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. All most all classical texts of Ayurveda i.e. Saṃhitā, Nighaṇṭu, Cikitsāgrantha and Rasagrantha provide information about various aspects of Vatsanābha.

Vatsanabha known paryāya (synonyms): Vatsanābha, Amṛta, Pradipana, Vara, Garala, Śambha, Gara, Halāhala, Brahmaputra, Sādhusudhe, Darada, Kṣveda, Raudra, Kālkūṭa (Kālakūṭa?), Śṛṅgika.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Vaidyavallabha: An Authoritative Work on Ayurveda Therapeutics

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ) or Nāga refers to Aconitum ferox, and is the name of a medicinal plant dealt with in the 17th-century Vaidyavallabha written by Hastiruci.—The Vaidyavallabha is a work which deals with the treatment and useful for all 8 branches of Ayurveda. The text Vaidyavallabha has been designed based on the need of the period of the author, availability of drugs (viz., Vatsanābha) during that time, disease manifesting in that era, socio-economical-cultural-familial-spiritual-aspects of that period Vaidyavallabha.

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Śodhana: An Ayurvedic process for detoxification

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ) is a common name for a variety of species of the genus Aconitum viz., Aconitum ferox Wall., Aconitum napellus Linn., and Aconitum chasmanthum Holmes ex. Stapf.—The roots of all the three plants are extremely poisonous but useful in the treatment of various diseases such as fever, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, hypertension, and acts as “rasāyana” (immunomodulators) after their detoxification (śodhana). Most of the alkaloids present in the root of Aconitum species at higher doses are reported to have cardiotoxic and neurotoxic effects. Severe Aconite poisoning results mainly due to the accidental ingestion of wild plant or excess consumption of herbal decoction made from the Aconite roots.

Vatsanābha purification process (śodhana) includes svedana (boiling) in dola-yantra using Godugdha for 3 h daily for three continuous days, followed by washing with water thrice and drying under sun light. After Śodhana process, the total alkaloid content decreases, but the contents of less toxic substances such as aconine, hypoaconine, and benzylhypoaconine increase possibly due to conversion of the toxic aconitine into aconine or hydrolysis of the alkaloids to their respective amino alcohols after Śodhana process. [...] It has been reported that Gomūtra (“cow’s urine”) converts Aconite to a compound with cardiac stimulant property, whereas, raw Aconite showed cardiac depressant properties. Śodhana by both Gomūtra and Godugdha (“cow’s milk”) makes Aconite devoid of cardiac and neuro–muscular toxic effects without affecting its antipyretic activity.

(cf. Āyurvedaprakāśa, Yogaratnākara, Rasataraṅgiṇī, Rasaratnasamuccaya and Bhaiṣajyaratnāvalī)

Source: Shodhganga: Edition translation and critical study of yogasarasamgraha

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ) refers to the medicinal plant known as “Aconitum napellus Linn.” and is dealt with in the 15th-century Yogasārasaṅgraha (Yogasara-saṅgraha) by Vāsudeva: an unpublished Keralite work representing an Ayurvedic compendium of medicinal recipes. The Yogasārasaṃgraha [mentioning vatsanābha] deals with entire recipes in the route of administration, and thus deals with the knowledge of pharmacy (bhaiṣajya-kalpanā) which is a branch of pharmacology (dravyaguṇa).

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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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ).—A hermit. Dharma, once took the form of a she-buffalo and saved Vatsanābha from heavy rain. After this he thought that he was an ungrateful man and so he decided to forsake his body. But Dharma dissuaded him from this attempt. (Mahābhārata Anuśāsana Parva, Dākṣiṇātya Pāṭha, Chapter 12).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ).—

1) Name of a tree.

2) a kind of very strong poison.

Derivable forms: vatsanābhaḥ (वत्सनाभः).

Vatsanābha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vatsa and nābha (नाभ).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vatsanābha (वत्सनाभ).—m.

(-bhaḥ) An active poison; also called Mitha Zeher, the root of the Aconite ferox brought from Nepal. E. vatsa a calf, and nabh to injure, aṇ aff.; the root is sometimes compared to the nipple of a cow, whence perhaps this etymology.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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