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 3 - How to take gandhaka

First method.

Gandhaka, purified in the way described above, if taken every morning, in doses of one fourth of a tola a day, with triphala, ghee, juice of bhringaraja, and honey gives the man who takes it a long life, being free from diseases, and an eye sight as clear and strong as that of a vulture.

Second method.

Sulphur, duly purified, and smelted in an iron pot, smeared with ghee, and taken out of the pot by means of an iron ladle smeared with ghee, may be taken for the cure of pthisis and other diseases, and especially of leprosy.

Third method.

Gandhaka cures skin diseases, if taken with ripe banana fruit. It cures loss of strength, if taken with powdered chitraka root. It also cures loss of appetite, If taken with a decoction of triphala. All sorts of diseases pertaining to the upper part of the body are cured very soon by gandhaka, well prepared and taken regularly.

Fourth method.

Purified sulphur increases strength and semen, if taken for a month in doses of one fourth of a tola per day with milk. Taken for six months at a stretch, it cures all sorts of diseases, and increases longevity and eye-sight.

Fifth method.

Sulphur, five palas in quantity, is to be powdered, saturated with three times its weight of the juice of bhringaraja, and dried in shade (without being exposed to the heat of fire or sun or electricity). To this is to be added haritaki, honey, and ghee, one pala each. The total quantity, thus prepared, is to be taken in the course of two months (in doses of 1/16th part of the whole thing per day). This procedure may result in an old man being restored to youth.

Sixth method.

A man is freed in three weeks from carbuncle, piles, etc. if he takes sulphur, well prepared, in doses of one fourth of a tola, rubbed with a little of tila oil, and if he takes bath regularly every day in tepid water. One who is habituated to take sulphur in the above way is freed from all physical ailments and diseases.

Seventh method.

One who takes powdered gandhaka, with an equal quantity of pippali and haritaki, becomes strong and healthy, with a very clear and keen eye-sight.

Eighth method: the Rasayana-gandhaka

Purified sulphur is to be subjected to bhavana with cow’s milk, and the decoction or juice of each of the following separately chaturjata, guduchi, haritaki, bibhitaki, amalaki, trikatu, bhringaraja, and ginger. When this is done, the product is to be mixed with an equal quantity of sugar. The medicine, thus prepared, is called the “Rasayana-gandhaka.” If taken in doses of one tola a day, it prevents waste of the dhatus, cures all sorts of spermatorrhoea and gonorrhoea, loss of appetite, colic, diseases pertaining to the stomach, and the eighteen different kinds of leprosy. It increases semen, strength, and power of speech.

Ninth method.

All sorts of leprosy are cured, if gandhaka is taken with an equal quantity of maricha and six times its weight of triphala, all rubbed with the juice of the root of aragbadha, and if at the same time gandhaka rubbed with the very same juice is applied externally.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘How to take gandhaka’ 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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