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Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs in early Buddhist Literature

 

Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs in early Buddhist Literature

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Flora in Early Buddhist Literature (Pali Tipitaka) -5

Applied Botany in Mahajanapada Era or Buddhist Literature (1425 to 323 B.C.E) –5

BOTANY History of Indian Subcontinent –51

By: Bhishma Kukreti M.Sc. {(Botany), B.Sc. (Honours in Botany), Medical Tourism Historian)-

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Dhammika offers us the details of medical plants (1) especially in Bhesajja Khandka of Vinaya Pitaka. Dhammika informs that Vinaya Pitaka offered details of 27 plants in ‘materia medica’ of Vinaya Pitaka with Pali names of the plants

Here are Pali names of Medicinal Plants mentioned in Vinaya Pitaka (Bhesajja Khandka )  offered by Dhammika

Ativisa Amalaka , Uppala , Usira,  Kappasa, Kutaja, Gothafala, Candana, Tagara, Talisa, Tila, Tandula, Mugga, natamal, Nimba, Pakava, Patola, Paduma, Pipal , Bhariga, Marica, Lasuna, Vaca, Vacattha, Vibhitaka, Vilariga, Singivera , Sulasi or Tulasi, Haritaka, Hallida ,

Hingu.

(Use  The Pali –English Dictionary, edited by T.V Rhys David and William S., 2004, Asian educational Service, New Delhi   for meaning of above plants

References

1-Dhammika, S. (2015), Nature and the environment in early Buddhism, Buddha Dhamma mandala Society, Singapore pages 204 to 209

Copyright@ Bhishma Kukreti, bckukreti@gmail.com , Mumbai India, 2020

History of Botany from Pali/ Maghadi literature, Applied Botany in India in Buddhist literature, Plant Science in early Indian Buddhist Literature ;  Flora mentioned in Buddhist literature, Medical plants and Medicinal views in Buddhist Literature   will be continued

HISTORY of BOTANY in Indian Subcontinent will be continued in next chapter

 

 

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