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 rasaka

Essence of rasaka with haritala is to be placed over fire upon an earthen pot or an iron cauldron, with an equal quantity of purified haritala being put upon it, little by little, and turned all the while by means of an iron rod, until the whole thing is reduced to ashes. This powder is to be mixed with an equal quantity of incinerated kanta iron and is to be applied in doses of 8 raktis a day with the accompaniment of the decoction of triphala, kept overnight in a kanta iron pot, with three or four drops of oil extracted from tila, (sesamus) put upon it. It speedily cures the following diseases spermatorrhoea, pitta (an excess of the animal heat), consumption, anemia, dropsy, gulma, rakta-gulma of women, leucorrhoea, menorrhagia, diabetes, all sorts of vaginal diseases, malaria, kala-azar, pain at the time of menstruation, bronchitis, asthma, and hiccough.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Incineration of the essence of rasaka’ 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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