Vriksharuha, Vriksha-ruha, Vṛkṣaruhā, Vriksha-aruha: 3 definitions

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The Sanskrit term Vṛkṣaruhā can be transliterated into English as Vrksaruha or Vriksharuha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Source: WorldCat: Rāj nighaṇṭu

1) Vṛkṣaruhā (वृक्षरुहा) is another name for Jantukā, a medicinal plant possibly identified with Ferula foetida (asafoetida) from the Apiaceae or “celery” family of flowering plants, according to verse 3.126-129 of the 13th-century Raj Nighantu or Rājanighaṇṭu. The third chapter (guḍūcyādi-varga) of this book contains climbers and creepers (vīrudh). R. N. Soḍhal considers Jantukā as Hiṅgu (Ferula foetida Regel Umbelliferae/Apiaceae). Raghuvīr Prasāda Trivedī considers Jantukā a parasitic creeper (vṛkṣaruhā); the fruits are like Kapikacchu, thus he identifies it with Cuscuta chinensis Lank. (Convolvulaceae), a plant used in Vietnam as Tho ty tu. Chopra identifies Jantukā with Garcinia lucida Roxb. Vaidyaka Śabda Sindhu equates it with Lākṣā. Together with the names Vṛkṣaruhā and Jantukā, there are a total of twenty-one Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

2) Vṛkṣaruhā (वृक्षरुहा) is also mentioned as a synonym for for Amṛtasravā, an unidentified medicinal plant, according to verse 3.141-142. Vaidyaka Śabda Sindhu informs that Amṛtasravā is a creeper found by its name in the surroundings of Citrakūṭa.

3) Vṛkṣaruhā (वृक्षरुहा) is also mentioned as a synonym for Nāgabalā, a medicinal plant identified with Grewia tenax Forsk. (“white Crossberry”) from the Malvaceae or mallows family of flowering plants, according to verse 4.96-97. The fourth chapter (śatāhvādi-varga) of this book enumerates eighty varieties of small plants (pṛthu-kṣupa). Together with the names Vṛkṣāruhā and Nāgabalā, there are a total of fifteen Sanskrit synonyms identified for this plant.

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

Vṛkṣaruha (वृक्षरुह).—mf.

(-haḥ-hā) A para-ite plant, (Cymbidum tessalloides, &c.) E. vṛkṣa, and ruha growing, having its roots attached to the trunk or branches of another plant or tree.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vṛkṣaruhā (वृक्षरुहा):—[=vṛkṣa-ruhā] [from vṛkṣa] f. ‘tree-grower’, a parasitical plant whose roots attach them selves to another plant (as Cymbidum Thessaloides, Vanda Roxburghii etc.), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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