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...

Shilajatu is incinerated, if it is mixed with manas-shila, gandhaka, and haritala—all rubbed together with the juice of matulunga, and then subjected to puta with a fire made of eight pieces of cowdung cakes.

Use of incinerated shilajatu.

Incinerated shilajatu, in doses of 3 raktis, mixed with an equal quantity of kanta iron, vaikranta, triphala, trikatu, and ghrita should be prescribed in jaundice, anemia, pthisis, loss of the power of digestion, spermatorrhoea, piles, gulma, enlarged spleen, udara-roga, all sorts of colic, and diseases of the vagina.

Essence of shilajatu.

Shila-jatu discharges its essence, if rubbed with the dravana-varga and some vegetable acid, and heated in a crucible by a strong fire made of coal, which is to be blown by means of bellows. The essence, thus extracted, has the appearance of iron. It should be incinerated and applied in medicines in the same way as iron,

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Incineration of shilajatu’ 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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