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24 December 2008

Key Attributes of TKDL / The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library

What we got here is a page from the

a collaborative effort begun by the government of India. The Indian government was concerned that the integrity of this traditional knowledge was under attack by commercial interests, and wished to use the copyright law to protect this information and defend it from corruption.

The knowledge and wisdom of the past has legal rights!

Specifically, this describes a section from the AYURVEDA , a collection of scientific knowledge from India circa 1500 AD. I don't even know if the original was in Sanskrit or more modern languages. Note that they're storing this in English.

More than that, You Tell Me what is going on here. Be the first to Leave A Comment. Make Vleeptron Wise. Can we have a meaningful, mutually comprehensible dialogue with the intellectual elite of India from 500 years ago? What are they trying to tell us? Are we smart enough to get it? What are the implications of this ancient knowledge for us? Is Big Pharma already translating and distributing this stuff in syringes, suppositories and pill bottles worldwide?

Leave A Comment. It would be nice to hear from someone in Mumbai, as a reflection that the smartest resources in this great city were back on-line and ready for some hot, steamy delicious Vleeptron Pizza. Bangalore also very much welcome, Bangaloreans are very Go-Ahead guys, Pakistanis, also the Ramanujan Institute. Is anybody on this line from Tamil Nadu? Sri Lanka? The Maldives? Gujurat? Make Vleeptron wise. We're in Northampton Massachusetts USA, we got two pretty good Indian restaurants, that's it, that's what we know.


Key Attributes of TKDL



Title of Traditional Knowledge Resource

Knowledge Known Since

500 Years
A01A-1/1207, A01A-1/1592, A01A-1/1686, A01A-1/2080, A01A-1/2113, A01A-1/558, A01A-1/921, A01A-3/30, A01A-3/33, A01D-20/11, A01D-20/42, A01D-22/05, A01D-22/10
IPC Code :
A61K 36/185,A61K 36/48,A61K 36/899,A61K 36/899,A61K 36/87,A61K 36/23,A61K 36/85,A61K 9/08,A61K 9/14, A61K 31/70,A61P 1/04, A61P 29/00, A61P 25/00, A61P 25/02,A61P 43/00, A61P 3/12,A61P 25/00, A61P 21/00,A61P 25/00, A61P 25/26

1. Laghumadh¦kapu¾p¢diph¢´°aª is a therapeutic single / compound formulation consisting of useful parts of following ingredient(s) : Madhuca longifolia (Koen.) Macbr. Syn.: M. indica J.F. Gmel. (Mahua,Mowra, Illipe,Butter tree), Gmelina arborea Roxb. (gumhar), Pterocarpus santalinus Linn. f. (red sandal wood), Coriandrum sativum Linn. (Chinese parsley, Chinese-parsley, coriander), Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash (vetivergrass, Cuscus, Vetiver ), Vitis vinifera Linn. (wine grape )

2. Therapeutic composition / formulation is mentioned below :

Madhuca longifolia (Koen.) Macbr. Syn.: M. indica J.F. Gmel. (Mahua,Mowra, Illipe,Butter tree)

Gmelina arborea Roxb. (gumhar)

Pterocarpus santalinus Linn. f. (red sandal wood)
Stem bark

Coriandrum sativum Linn. (Chinese parsley, Chinese-parsley, coriander)

Vetiveria zizanioides (Linn.) Nash (vetivergrass, Cuscus, Vetiver )

Vitis vinifera Linn. (wine grape )

3. Therapeutic composition mentioned above is prepared as PH¡³¯A :(HOT INFUSION)
Ph¢´°a is a preparation in which powdered plant material is soaked in boiling water for some time, and then filtered to obtain Ph¢´°a (hot infusion).

4. A composition as described above is formulated as Hot infusion .

5. The dose of above mentioned therapeutic composition is 100 ml .

6. It is given with adjuvant of Saccharum officinarum Linn. , Granular sugar .

7. Mode of administration : Oral administration .

8. It is Pittadosa alleviating .

9. It is useful in the treatment of Polydipsia / Excessive thirst , Burning sensation , Syncope/Fainting , Giddiness/Vertigo
¹¢r¬gadhar¢c¢rya¹¢r¬gadhara Sa¼hit¢ - Translated by Smt. Shailaja Srivastava : Chaukhamba Orientalia, Varanasi, Edn. 2nd, 1998. [Time of origin 13th century ]


abbas said...

i'm actually going to maldives next month. will keep you posted.

Vleeptron Dude said...

Well, that settles that: You are henceforth Agence-Vleeptron Presse's Man-on-the-Ground in the Maldives. We shall expect a full report on whatever makes your eyes bug out or your tongue happy, or anything that makes question marks fall from your ears.

(You could also bring me back a cheap airport souvenir, I am particularly fond of Snow Globes from the Tropics.)

A pleasant trip, don't forget the sunscreen!

patfromch said...

Polydipsia is a condiction assocciated with excessive thirst (a condition I only know from massive hangovers, in the case of hangovers a current lack of salt or Vitamin B.BTW the universal cure for hangovers is Berocca which contains a lot of Vitamin B).

This condition can be found among Diabetics but I dunno if this is exlusive.

Ayuveda is the art of well being or good life. It's sorta like Feng Shui for the body, the Vanitas idea by Hildegard von Bingen or what our very own Paracelsus had to say about medicine. Ayuveda is indeed hundreds of years old. I would not be surprised to hear that people like CG Jung brought this knowledge to the west.

The basic idea is that you can live a good and healthy life by followoing certain rules when it comes to nutrition and medical treatmensts. There are several types of eating types/habits and several recommendations on how to eat what. Here is a nice link from the Indian Ministry of Health

The idea of Ayuveda makes a lot of sense considering the fact that the climate in India can be harsh, good or decent food is not available to everyone and an essential knowledge of which plant or spice has a certain virtue may prolong your life.

Untill your post I only knew about Ayuveda in terms of food, taking specially prepared spices and herbs can enhance your digestive system or well-being. The idea of Ayuveda as a sort of alternate medicine is new to me, but it makes sense.

In this contect it would be interesting to know if Ayuveda is known among all casts or just the wealthy or intellectuals in India.

For further info I suggest you call up the next New Age bloke or Hippie Chick in your area, they usually know this kind of stuph better than us mortals. I need to call ExSweetiePie up anyway so that would be a good excuse to drop by with a few lagers and see how much she knows. She usually does when it comes to this kind of stuph anyway. And I havent seen her in a while and miss her somewhat....

There are a lot of students from India or Pakistanat the MIT, Boston, Cambridge etc, your part of the world I reckon who may know more. Or ask Apu at the KwikMart, no wonder he's got so many kids with all the herbal knowledge...

More details from direct sources in India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, Maledives would be welcome, the idea that we have in the west is somewhat fuzzy and distorted I reckon.

Now one essential question remains: How do you get hold of that recipe ?

Tell us about it when you get hold of it. Would be interresting to see that standard medicine has failed and old wisdom rules.

abbas said...

hey pat,

give you a hint. get rid of all the golden arches in the US and everyone gets a whole lotta healthier.

heh jokes aside, the reason spice is such a traditional part of our food is because historically it was used as a preservative. the further south you get, the warmer it gets and hence, the spicier the food. southern india/sri lankan food is seriously bedevilled. middle of india (at karachi latitudes) things are pretty good and have a nice balance between hot and pleasant(IMHO). the futher north and west you get (mountainy areas and towards afghanistan), the drier the foods get and you find more meat is consumed than any other food source and primarily only use salt in their cooking and very little other flavours.

Miss Welby said...

hi Bob, seasonal greetings and best wishes for 2009 :)