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 5 - Use of essence of Makshika

Essence of makshika is to be rubbed with mercury until the former disappears altogether. Sulphur is then to be rubbed similarly. Liquefied essence of mica is then to be mixed with the amalgam and made into a ball which is to be subjected to heat for twelve hours in a Lavana-yantra, by means of a mild fire. When cooled of itself, the product is to be taken out, and used in doses of one balla a day with the anupana of honey, trikatu, and bidanga. Thus used, it cures in a week, senility and all sorts of diseases including those which are very obstinate.

Liquefaction of essence of makshika.

Essence of makshika is liquefied, if it is mixed with a little of the compound made of gunja seeds, honey, and tankana, rubbed with castor oil.

Accompaniments of makshika.

Incinerated makshika is to be used in medicine with the following accompaniments triphala, tri-katu, bidanga, and ghee.

Removal op evil effects caused by makshika, not properly purified.

The evil effects of makshika are removed by decoction of kulattha or of the bark of pomegranates.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Use of essence of Makshika’ 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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