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 - Incineration of the essence of tuttha and that of sasyaka

First process.

Essence of tuttha or of sasyaka is to be coated all over with a paste made of the juices of pashana-bhedi and hilamochika, rubbed with sulphur, double in quantity of the essence itself. It is then to be confined in a crucible and subjected to heat by Gaja-puta. It is again to be coated all over with a paste made of the same juices and sulphur, equal in quantity to the essence itself, and subjected to Gaja-puta. Performance of the second process for seven times will result in the incineration of the essence.

Second process.

One part of the essence, two parts of mercury, and four parts of sulphur are to be rubbed together with lime juice for nine hours, then covered with dhutura leaves, and subjected to Gaja-puta. The essence, when cooled of itself, is then to be reduced to powder. This is how it is killed.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Incineration of the essence of tuttha and that of sasyaka’ 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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