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...

Part 6 - Use of incinerated mica

Mica of an excellent quality cures pthisis, jaundice, chronic diarrhoea, colic, dysentry, leprosy, fever, asthma, gonorrhoea, aversion to food, loss of appetite, cough, and pain in the abdomen, if taken in doses of one balla at a time, with bidanga, trikatu, and ghee. It also cures all other diseases, if taken with the suitable anupana (as detailed below).

Special accompaniments of incinerated mica.

Mica, even if it is used without any accompaniment, can prevent senal decay, arrival of premature death, and diseases in general, but for the purpose of curing diseases, it may be used with suitable accompaniments.

It is to be used with haridra, pippali, and honey in twenty different kinds of prameha; with incinerated gold in pthisis and for increase of the dhatus; with incinerated gold and silver for increase of the dhatus; with haritaki, molasses, ela, and sharkara (sugar) in raktapitta; with trikatu, triphala, chaturjata, sharkara, and honey, taken in the morning in pthisis, piles, and jaundice; with essence of guduchi and fine molasses (or sugar) in spermatorrhoea; with ela, gokshura, bhudhatri, sharkara, and clarified cow’s butter, in mutrakrichra; with pippali and honey in giddiness and remittent fever; with honey and triphala for improvement of eyesight; with essence of murba in boils, carbuncles, etc., with bhallataka in piles; with shunthi, foot of puskara, bhargi, asvagandha, and honey, in batabyadhi (paralysis etc.); with chaturjata and sugar in excess of pitta; with katphala, pippali, and honey, in excess of phlegm; with all the ksharas for increase of the power of digesting food; with ela, gokshura, bhudhatri, cow’s milk, and sugar, in mutraghata, mutrakrichchra, and ashman; with cow’s milk and bhumi-kushmanda for increase of strength; with juice of vijaya for retention of semen; with labanga and honey for increase of the dhatus; with cow’s milk and sugar in excess of pitta (animal heat); with shaileya, pippali, and honey, in all sorts of spermatorrhoea; with haritaki and molasses in batarakta; with triphala, honey and ghee in eye-diseases and for increase of semen; and with the trisugandhi, triphala, trikatu, sharkara, nagakeshara, and honey in jaundice, pthisis, and fever.

General directions for use of mica.

One should take every morning for a whole year, a pill, one nishka in weight, made of one rakti of incinerated mica and an equal quantity of amalaki, trikatu, and vidanga. The dose is to be increased to two such pills, to be taken every morning during the second year. It is similarly to be raised to three pills, being taken every morning during the third year. A man taking one hundred palas of incinerated mica in the aforesaid way grows very strong with an adamantine constitution. One who takes mica in this way, and observes regulations for proper diet, becomes free, in three months, from all sorts of diseases, including pthisis, five different kinds of cough, heart disease, gulma, chronic diarrhoea, piles, fistula, rheumatism, consumption, jaundice, and eighteen different kinds of leprosy.

Dietary to be observed by one who takes mica.

One who takes mica should avoid taking the following:—ksharas, amlas, pulses, karkati, karabella, brintaka (egg fruit), karira, and oils.

Evil effects of taking mica, not properly incinerated.

Mica, not properly incinerated, including that which has not been deprived of its glaze, may, all on a sudden, put an end to the life of one who takes it internally. Such mica also gives rise to all sorts of diseases, like the fur of a tiger, which finds its way into the belly or any other part of the body,

Removal of the evil effects of impure mica.

One is freed from the evil effects of taking impure mica, if one takes for three days amalaki fruit, rubbed with water.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Use of incinerated 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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