Viratarvadi, aka: Virataru-adi, Vīratarvādi; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

[Viratarvadi in Ayurveda glossaries]

Vīratarvādi (वीरतर्वादि) is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as having the property of curing all urinary troubles. It was originally composed by Suśruta in his Suśrutasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna XXXVIII, a classic work on Āyurveda. The name is derived from the words Vīrataru (Dichrostachys cinerea) and ādi, translating to “first” or “commencement”. Examples of plants pertaining to this category include Vīrataru, Gundra, Nala, Kuśa, Kāśu and Aṣmabhedaka. The collection of herbs named Vīratarvādi is but one of the thirty-seven gaṇas (‘sections’) of such groups.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The drugs known as Virataru, the two kinds of

  1. Sahachara,
  2. Darbha,
  3. Vrikshādani,
  4. Gundrā,
  5. Mala,
  6. Kusha,
  7. Kāsha,
  8. Ashma-bhedaka,
  9. Agnimantha,
  10. Moratā
  11. Vasuka,
  12. Vasira,
  13. Bhalluka,
  14. Kuruntaka,
  15. Indivara,
  16. Kapotavankā,
  17. and Shvadanstrā

enter into the composition of the group known as the Viratarvādi.

The group subdues all disorders incidental to the deranged state of Vāta and proves curative in Ashmari, Sharkarā, Mutra-krichhra, Mutrāghāta and urinary troubles.

(Source): Sushruta samhita, Volume I
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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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