Sadharanarasa, aka: Sādhāraṇarasa, Sadharana-rasa; 1 Definition(s)
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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Sādhāraṇarasa (महारस):—The name of a group drugs, as listed in the Rasaprakāśasudhākara (Sanskrit book on rasaśāstra, or ‘Indian medicinal alchemy’).
These are the names of the various drugs (Sanskrit name first, english name in brackets):
- Navasāra (‘amoniu chloride’),
- Varāṭikā (‘cowrie’),
- Hiṅgūla (‘cinnabar’),
The following additional drugs are added to this group by other text.
- Girisindūra (‘red oxide of mercury’),
- Boddāraśṛṅga/Mṛddāraśṛṅga (‘yellow oxide of lead’),
Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.
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