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Herb Name Sanskrit Chinese Latin Cross Reference

Vata Herbs Pitta Herbs Kapha Herbs Tridoshic Herbs

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In this Online Materia Medica Herbal Database of Ayurvedic Herbs we give preference to listing an herb first using its English Name if it is in common everyday use (such as Pomegranate for Dadima, Grapes for Draksha , Licorice for Yasthi Madhu, Cumin for Jiraka, Calamus Root for Vacha or Turmeric for Haridra).

Then, if there is no common everyday use English Name, then we prefer to use the Ayurvedic Sanskrit Name since this is the name most commonly found in the ancient Ayurvedic Classics such as Charaka, Sushruta, Vagbhata, Bhavaprakasha, Sharngadhara and others.

After that, we list in preference the Pharmaceutical Name followed by the Botanical Name. While both in Latin, the Pharmaceutical names require the listing of the plant part and are thus more accurate in identifying the particular specific medicinal uses of a plant species rather than the less accurate, less specific Botanical name.

We then list the Mandarin Name used in China and Taiwan in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) if that name is available. This facilitates communication with our colleagues in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine fields. It also helps us as Ayurvedic Practitioners to obtain a wider variety of Ayurvedic herbs (that are also used in TCM) more readily and more affordably than we could by only using Indian or Nepalese sources such as Banyan Botanicals, Om Organics and Bazaar of India (Vedik Herbs), Pukka Herbs (

Lastly, we list the Hindi Name, although these are rarely used in the West (USA, Canada, UK) where the Sanskrit name is preferred. The except to this rule is the use of Hindi name Kutki instead of Sanskrit name Katuka and Hindi name Neem instead of Sanskrit name Nimba.

Sanskrit Herb Name, Botanical Name, Pharmaceutical Name, Mandarin Name, Tibetan Name, Chinese Name

See our list of Chinese Herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

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Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Vol. I : Part I. Reprint. Delhi, The Controller of Publications, 2001, xxviii, 260 p., figs., tables, ISBN 81-901151-3-8.


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