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Glossary of Ayurvedic Terms - C

commonest meanings defined in simplest way.

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Chaksu

Eye.

Chakhyushya

Natural ayurvedic herbs that are good for eyes and increase the tone of the ciliary muscles.

Chakra

These are the energy centers in the body that are related to the nerve plexus center, which govern the body functions.

Charaka

Charaka meaning the wanderer is believed to have spent many years between the wild animals in dense jungles, which enabled him to coin his experiences in the book considered as the bible of ayurveda and called the Charaka Samhita.
Charaka's encounter with nature and its beings for many years led to the writing of the great text relating ayurveda, naturotherapy and use of natural substances for curing and preventing diseases when mankind was unaware of the medicinal values of these substances and the various measures quoted by him.

Churna

It is a Sanskrit word that means powder.

Chikitsa

Treatment, a therapy to retain balance of Doshas, practice or science of medicine.

Chitraka

Name of an herb, Latin Name: Plumbago zeylanica.
Citraka- mula - The root of the herb citrak (Plumbago zeylanica). Its root is good for increasing the strength of the digestive power.
Citrakadi vati - An Ayurvedic medicine made using citrak as the main ingredient.