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...

One unit of essence of bimala is to be rubbed with an equal quantity of mercury, and the same quantity of sulphur, until the sulphur disappears altogether; It is next to be mixed with the following;—

Three units of haritala, five units of manas-shila, one tenth of a unit of incinerated silver, the same quantity of incinerated vaikranta. All these are to be mixed together and sifted through a piece of cloth, and then subjected to heat by means of a Baluka-yantra,

The medicine, thus prepared, cures the following diseases, if taken with trikatu, triphala, and ghee:—senility which causes unhappiness, swelling of the body, anemia, gonorrhoea, loss of appetite, piles, chronic diarrhoea, colic, pthisis, jaundice, and all sorts of diseases due to an abnormal excess of vayu (air) and pitta (animal heat) in the system. For the cure of these diseases, no other medicines are considered necessary.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Use of the essence of Bimala’ 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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