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Etymology/ Definitionजगद्विषण्णं तं द्दृष्ट्वा तेनासौ विषसंज्ञितः । अ.ह्र.उ.३५।२, अत एवासौ जगद्विषनात् विषसंज्ञः। अ.ह्र.उ.३५।२ अरुणदत्त
Literary MeaningM / W – poison, venom
Implied MeaningThese substances have disastrous effect on the body constituents especially on Ojas .
If used innovatively and with appropriate care by competent physician they can be used to a great benefit.
ElaborationDepending upon the source Visha or poisons are broadly classified into two categories: Jangama ( poisons from animals and insects ), and Sthaavara ( poisons from plants and mineral, metal kingdom ). The third category is called Gara Visha, which is a result of various combinations of two or more substances, or food articles.
It can be very fast acting or slow in effect. If it is acute, then it can kill a person and when it is slow acting it vitiates the Dhaatu and creates an environment conducive to manifestation of subsequent diseases.
All the poisons exhibit attribute contrary to Ojas, and hence Ojas is the worst affected constituent by the poisons.
Type of Visha , which vitiates, and contaminates Dhaatu is called Dooshi Visha.
When consumed food remains undigested due to inadequate Agni it is also called Aamavisha.

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 11:24 am

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