Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa)

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 28,803 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This second volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with the purification, incineration and medicinal uses of various minerals (uparasa), as well as preventing faults due to misuse. It is continued in the third volume which deals with the various metals. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sansk...

First Process.

Mica is purified, if it is heated strongly, (preferably by means of a bellows) for seven times and immersed each time, either in (1) kanji, or (2) cow’s urine; then heated for seven times and immersed each time in the decoction of triphala; and then again, heated for seven times, and immersed in milk with especial care. It is then to be reduced to what is called, “Dhanya-abhra”, and incinerated in the prescribed manner.

Second process.

Mica may also be purified, if it is heated and then immersed, while still hot, into a decoction of hog plums. It is next to be rubbed with two hands and dried. Thus reduced to powder, it becomes finer and better than Dhanya-abhra. (It is next to be incinerated exactly in the same way as Dhanya-abhra).

Mica is purified, if it is heated strongly for seven times, and immersed each time in the juice of nirgundi leaves. Mica, thus purified, is to be reduced to Dhanya-abhra, and incinerated,

Fourth process.

Black mica is to be heated and immersed in milk. Its layers are then to be separated from one another and subjected to bhavana with the juice of tanduliyaka and a sour non-metallic liquid. Mica is thus purified.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Purification of Mica’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa). The text includes treatments, recipes and remedies and is categorised as Rasa Shastra: an important branch of Ayurveda that specialises in medicinal/ herbal chemistry, alchemy and mineralogy, for the purpose of prolonging and preserving life.

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