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  • Kadali  Plantain, banana, musa paradisiaca or sapientum.
  • Kajjali take shudda (pure) parade in mortar and gradually add equal parts of powder of shudda ghandaka (sulphur) in its prescribed ratio.Triturate it with pestle, till globules of mecury disappears and fine homogeneous powdered is made.
  • Kalka a kind of paste prepared by grounding the drugs on a stone with water. The drug is first soaked in water and then grounded on a stone.
  • Kamala Jaundice. It’s yellowing of skin and sclera of eye.
  • Kamala Lotus (Nilumbo nucifera)
  • Kampavata Tremors
  • Kamsya Bronze (one of the minerals mentioned in the Ayurveda)
  • Kanchana  Gold (one of the minerals mentioned in the Ayurveda)
  • Kandu  Pruritus
  • Kandughna Antipruritic, a drug that cures itching sensation
  • Kandu-hara Antipruri
  • Kanji  A sour or fermented liquid preparation of a cereal or a pulse.
  • Kansya Bronze
  • Kanta lauha Cast iron
  • Kantha Gullet; throat
  • Kantha roga  Disease of the throat
  • Kapala  Skull
  • Kapata Valve
  • Kapha One of the three main doshas of the body.Kapha is repository for all constructive activities. It is also called Slehsma. One of its main functions is to provide nutrition to the body tissues. Kapha is of five types viz: Kledaka kapha, Avalambaka kapha, tarpaka kapha, Bodhaka kapha and shleshaka kapha. Kledaka kapha is situated in the stomach. It is slimy (pichchila) in quality, sweet in taste and has the action of moistening the food ingested. It also protects the digestive organs from being hurt by digestive juices. Avambalaka kapha is located in the chest where it provides the nutrition to the heart. Bodhaka kapha is found in the tongue and is responsible for perceiving the taste. Seat of function of Shleshaka Kapha is the joint where it lubricate the juices so that they may function properly. Tarpaka Kapha is situated in the head and gives nutrition to the mental faculties.
  • Kaphaja  Caused due to a disorder in kapha dosha
  • Kaphaja chhardi  A disease. Vomiting thick and whites colour material having sweet taste.
  • Kaphaja hridroga A disease. Feeling of seizure of the heart, heaviness in the body; excessive secretion of phlegm, loss of appetite, and sweet taste in the mouth are the symptoms of kaphaja hridroga
  • Kaphaja javara A disease. Low grade fever, aversion to food, sweet taste, lassitude, heaviness, stiffness, feeling of cold and moist wrapping on the body, cough, nausea and excessive sleep are the signs and symptoms.
  • Kapi kachchu The term literally meaning ‘ a fruit that causes an itching sensation like that of a monkey’ irritative, allergenic. Cowage.
  • Karna Roga  Ear disease
  • Karna shrava  Otorrhoea
  • Karna shula  Earache
  • Karpura Camphor or Cinnamomum camphora
  • Kasa  Cough. From the treatment point of view kasa may be divided into two groups viz Shushka kasa (dry cough) and Ardra Kasa (cough with expectoration_
  • Kasa-hara  Antibechic
  • Kashaya 1. astringent 2. decoction
  • Kashtartava  Dysmennorrhea. painfull menses
  • Kati Shula  Lumbago
  • Kaumarabhritya / Balachikitsa  Paediatrics
  • Kavala Gargle mouthwash
  • Kayachikitsa  Internal medicine
  • Kesh  Hair
  • Khalitva  Baldness
  • Khalitya  Alopecia
  • Khanda  A pharmaceutical preparation.
  • Khanja  Monplegia cruralis. A disease
  • Kharala  Mortar
  • Klaivya  Impotency of the male
  • Klama Fatigue
  • Krimi Parasitic, infections type
  • Krimi Worms
  • Krimi danta. Caries of the teeth.
  • Krimi roga  Worm infestation. Krimi roga is a disease caused by the presence of worms in the body, particularly in the intestines.
  • Krimighana A drug that kills or destroys worms. Anthelmentics
  • Krimija Caused due to worms
  • Krishna  The term literally meaning ‘ the black’. This is in reference to the black colour of pippali
  • Krishna lavana  Black salt
  • Kshara  Extract
  • Kshara karma  Cauterizations by caustic alkalis
  • Ksharameha Alkalinuria
  • Kshira  Milk
  • Kshira dosha  Disorder of lactation types
  • Kshira peya  Beverage made with milk
  • Kshirapaka  Medicated milk
  • Kshudra Shvasa  Chronic bronchitis
  • Kubjatva Hunchback condition
  • Kukkura kasa  Whooping cough. Kukkura kasa is a disease that is frequent among children and characterized by peculiar paroxysm of cough ending in a loud whooping inspiration.
  • Kukkuta puta  A particular process of steaming or boiling drugs.
  • Kumari ghrita kumari Aloe vera barbedensis.
  • Kunahha  Felon onychia. If the inflammation around the nail bed is of mild nature, then it causes fragility of the nail
  • Kupipakva  Process of pharmaceutical preparation.
  • Kurcha  Middle of the eyebrows, moustache
  • Kurcha  Brush like structure. They are 6 in mumber as per the Ayurveda
  • Kushtha Chronic skin disease; Leprosy.
  • Kusthaghna A drug that cures skin diseases.
  • Kvatha Decoction.





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