Vidanga, Viḍaṅga: 12 definitions
Vidanga 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.
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग) or Viḍaṅgalauha is the name of a Ayurvedic recipe defined in the fifth volume of the Rasajalanidhi (chapter 12, Krimi: worms and bacilli). These remedies are classified as Iatrochemistry and form part of the ancient Indian science known as Rasaśāstra (medical alchemy). However, since it is an ayurveda treatment it should be taken with caution and in accordance with rules laid down in the texts.
Accordingly, when using such recipes (e.g., viḍaṅga-lauha): “the minerals (uparasa), poisons (viṣa), and other drugs (except herbs), referred to as ingredients of medicines, are to be duly purified and incinerated, as the case may be, in accordance with the processes laid out in the texts.” (see introduction to Iatro chemical medicines)
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.
Ayurveda (science of life)Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग):—A Sanskrit word referring to “Embelia”, a herb from the Primulaceae family of flowering plants. It is used throughout Ayurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā. It is also known as Vella. Its official botanical name is Embelia ribes and is commonly known in English as “White-flowered Embelia” and “False Black Pepper“. It is found throughout India and usually grows in hilly regions. The literal translation of Viḍaṅga is “clever”, “able” or “skilful”.Source: Google Books: Essentials of Ayurveda
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग).—The Sanskrit name for an important Ayurvedic drug.—Viḍaṅga is a good anthelmintic drug and eliminates intestinal worms. Besides it alleviates abdominal pain, flatulence, constipation and loss of appetite.Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume I
The Vidanga fruit produces a state of dryness in the body, is heat-making in its potency, light, and pungent in digestion, subdues the Vāyu and Kapham and is slightly bitter and anti-toxic.Source: Ancient Science of Life: Botanical identification of plants described in Mādhava Cikitsā
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग) refers to the medicinal plant Embelia ribes Burm., and is used in the treatment of atisāra (diarrhoea), according to the 7th century Mādhavacikitsā chapter 2. Atisāra refers to a condition where there are three or more loose or liquid stools (bowel movements) per day or more stool than normal. The second chapter of the Mādhavacikitsā explains several preparations [including Viḍaṅga] through 60 Sanskrit verses about treating this problem.
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism
Viḍaṅga is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine commonly known as Emblica ribes.
Languages of India and abroad
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग).—a. Clever, skilful.
-ṅgaḥ, -ṅgam Name of a vegetable and medicinal substance (largely used as a vermifuge).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ṅgaḥ-ṅgā-ṅgaṃ) Clever, able, skilful, conversant. mn.
(-ṅgaḥ-ṅgaṃ) A vegetable and medicinal substance, considered of great efficacy as a vermifuge. E. viḍ to break, to curse, Unadi aff. aṅgac .Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग).—adj. Clever.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
1) Viḍaṅga (विडङ्ग):—[from viḍ] mfn. clever, able, skilful, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
2) [v.s. ...] m. and f(ā). Embelia Ribes, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
3) [v.s. ...] n. the fruit of the above plant (a vermifuge), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). 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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Starts with: Vidangalauha.
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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Sushruta Samhita, Volume 6: Uttara-tantra (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Chapter LIV - Symptoms and Treatment of Worms (Krimi-roga) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter LV - Symptoms and Treatment of repression of natural urging (Udavarta) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
Chapter LII - Symptoms and Treatment of Cough (Kasa) < [Canto III - Kaya-chikitsa-tantra (internal medicine)]
The Garuda Purana (by Manmatha Nath Dutt)
Chapter CCXVII - Various Recipes for the cure of sterility, virile impotency, etc. < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCII - Various other medicinal Recipes (continued) < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Chapter CCXI - Medical treatment of cuts, wounds, scalds, burns, etc. < [Dhanvantari Samhita]
Sushruta Samhita, volume 4: Cikitsasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)
Brihat Samhita (by N. Chidambaram Iyer)
Sushruta Samhita, volume 1: Sutrasthana (by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna)