|Etymology/ Definition||अनुशस्त्राणि हीनशस्त्राणि शस्त्रसदृशानि वा। सु.सू.८/१५डल्हण|
|Reference||S. Su.8/15 D`alhan`a|
|Literary Meaning||M / W – any subsidiary weapon or instrument, anything used in place of a regular surgical instrument ( e. g. finger – nail ).|
|Implied Meaning||It is not an actual surgical instrument but it is used for similar functions due to its applicability|
|Elaboration||There is a dual intention to call them Anus`hastra ( Subsidiary sharp instrument ) 1. While treating diseases, if there is a need to use a sharp instrument but patient is scared about the application of any particular S`hastra , then Anus`hastra is used e. g. for bloodletting. Jalaukaa ( leeches ) is the alternative choice of any sharp instrument and it is also indicated in children. 2. Unavailability of S`hastra e. g. where probing is indicated, and probe is not available hair, fingers are used for probing.|
Other Anus`hastra : Kshaara , Agni , Leech, Baamboo etc.
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