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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Brief Introduction of Pañcamāha Bhūta

In the learning of Āyurveda it is important to understand the concept of Pañcamāha Bhūta. All the substance is made up of Pañcamāha Bhūta. Pañcamāha Bhūta is the 5 elements that constitute the universe and body (macrocosmos and microcosmos). The Pañcamāha Bhūta which is present in universe also present in our body. These 5 elements are Ākāśa, Vāyu, Agni, Jala, and Pṛthvī. Pañcamāha Bhūta also called as Pañca Bhūta, but Pañcamāha Bhūta more common used.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Vibhītakī (Termenalia bellirica): Definition, Indication and Formulation

Vibhītakī is one among triphala. As one among triphala, vibhītakī most commonly used in Ayurveda medicines preparation. Bhīta in Sanskrit term means fear. Vibhīta means lack of fear and Vibhītakī means the fruits that takes away the fear of diseases. Here is the detail of Vibhītakī in table form.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis): Definition, Properties and Usage

Amalaki is called as Indian gooshberry. It is one of the Triphala, commonly used in the preparation of Ayurveda formulation. It is most used Ayurvedic ingredients. It is both used as food and as medicine. The Amalaki name itself from the word amla which mean sour. Amalaki fruit having sour taste, as the predominant taste. 

Sanskrit name

Amalaki, Amalaka

Botanical name

Emblica officinalis Gaertn.



Vernacular name

-          English

-          Indonesia

-          Hindi

-          Kannada

-          Malayalam

-          Tamil

-          Bengali

-          Gujarat

-          Punjab

-          Assam

-          Manipuri

-          Marathi

-          Urdu

-          Arab


Indian gooshberry

Amla, amloko

Amla, Awla, Anwla, Ambala, Amlika

Nelli, Nellikai


Nellikkai, Perunelli, Nellikaae

Aamla, Amla, Aamalaki, Aamro

Aavla, Aamlam, Aamli

Aamla, Ambalo, Ambul

Amlaki, Amla, Amlokhi, Amlok


Aouli, Avalkati, Avil, Avla

Aamla, Amal khushk



Part Used

Fruit pulp

Rasa (taste)

Amla (sour)

Madhura (sweet)

Kaṭu (pungent)

Tikta (bitter)

Kaṣaya (astringent)

Guna (properties)

Laghu (light)

Rukṣa (dry)

Vīrya (Potency)

Śīta (cooling)

Vipāka (metabolic effect)

Madhura (sweet)

Gaṇa (grouping)

Panca Kaṣaya


Mustadi gaṇa

Paruṣakadi gaṇa

Amla skandha

Nikumbhadi gaṇa



Rasayana (rejuvenating)

Vajikarana (aphrodiasiac)

Cakṣusya (eye tonic)

Vayasthapana (youth preserving)



Raktapitta (bleeding)

Amlapitta (gastritis)

Prameha (diabetes)

Daha (burning sensation)

Netra roga (eye disease)

Kusṭha (skin disease)

Arśa (hemorrhoids)

Rajayakṣma (Phthisis)

Pradara (leukoderma)

Mutra krcchra (dysuria)

Effect to  body

Decrease vāta, pitta, kapha

Chemical content

Vitamin C


Nicotinic acid



Fatty acids


Phyllemblic acid

Mucic acid




D-galactosyl residues










3-O-gallated prodelphinidin

Tannin (in bark)

Ellagic acid


Oleanolic aldehyde

O-acetyl oleanolic acid



India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and other tropical country








Tree Bark


Up to 8-18 meters height

Simple, light green, subsessile, resembling pinnate leaves.

Small, greenish-yellow

Round, nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, smooth, shining, presence of vertical stripes.


Brown in colour


Amalaki churna

Triphala churna

Baladya grita

Amalaki avaleha


Amalaki is tridoṣahara drug, means it give benefit to all tridoṣa or curing the disease by imbalance of vāta, pitta as well as kapha.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Brief Introduction of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an Indian science of medicine. In samhita of Ayurveda mentioned that:

Ayuhu vedayati iti ayurvedaha.

The meaning is "The science that tells us about Ayu is known as Ayurveda."

What is ayuAyu is life. In samhita of Ayurveda said that Ayu is the combination of body, sense organs, mind and soul. 

The synonym of Ayu are Dhari, Jivitam, Nityagam and Anubandha.


Ayurveda as Upaveda

Ayurveda is the upaveda of either Rigveda or Atharvaveda. Upaveda mean applied or secondary knowledge. Veda is known as the holy book of Hinduism. Rigveda as well as Atharvaveda is one among the four main holy books in Hinduism. The four holy books are: Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Atharvaveda.

Even though Ayurveda as the upaveda of either Rigveda or Atharvaveda, the knowledge of Ayurveda also mentioned in the remaining three vedas but not as detail as in Atharvaveda. So Ayurveda is considered as upaveda of Atharvaveda. Each veda has its own speciality.

Rigveda mainly contains various hymns for praying to vedic Gods such as Agni, Indra, Mitra, Varuna, Surya, etc. (Wikipedia)

Samaveda mainly contains melodies and chants. Samaveda has the root of music and dance tradition of this planet. (Wikipedia)

Yajurveda mainly contains primarily prose mantras for worship rituals. The Yajurveda is broadly grouped into two – Krishna Yajurveda (black) and Shukla Yajurveda (white).  (Wikipedia)

Atharvaveda contains formula for magic and also the daily rituals for initiations into learning, marriage and funerals. Further, royal rituals and the duties of the court priests are also included in Atharvaveda. (Wikipedia

 The Branches of Ayurveda

There are 8 branches of Ayurveda. As mentioned in Aṣṭāñga Hṛdaya the branches of Ayurveda are:

  • Kāya cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with the treatment of diseases arising from disorders of digestive activity (Inner Medicine).  
  • Bāla cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with the treatment of diseases of children (Paediatrics).
  • Graha cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases arises from possession by evil spirits, pathogenic micro-organism etc. and deal with mainly with mental diseases (Psychiatry).
  • Ūrdhvañga cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases of the head inclusive of the eyes (ophthalmology), ears (otology), nose (rhinology), throat (laryngology), and teeth (dentistry).
  • Śalya cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases of requiring the use of knife or surgery. Also known as śastra cikitsa.
  • Damṣṭrā cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases due to poisoning (toxicology).  
  • Jarā cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases of old age (geriatrics). It is also known as Rasayana cikitsa. and
  • Vṛsa cikitsa – The branch of Ayurveda which is deal with treatment of diseases like impotency, sterility etc. and making man sexually strong (aphrodisiac).