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...

Gairikara, pansu salt, shunthi, bacha, katphala, and kanji—all rubbed together and made into an ointment—cure swelling of the parts around the ears in typhoid and other fevers caused by an excess of the three doshas. In fevers due to an excess of pitta, gairika may be used with honey, either alone or with mercury and sulphur. It cures rakta pitta, if taken with decoction of dhanya, ushira, and sandal or with ela and sugar. Saindhava, daru haridra, haritaki, gairika, and rasanjana—all rubbed together and made into a paste—cure all sorts of eye-diseases, if applied to the eye-lids and the surrounding region. Red ‘sandal, laksha, buds of malati flower, made into a paste and applied all round the eyes, cure vrana-shukra of a recent growth. Gairika, in doses of one fourth of a tola, taken internally four times a day, with kanji, cures shita pitta. Gairika with turmeric rubbed together and made into a paste cures shita pitta and udarda, by external application. Gairika, in doses of one fourth of a tola, may be taken with water for the cure of diseases due to an excess of pitta. It cures visarpa due to an excess of pitta, by being rubbed with ghee and applied externally to the parts affected. It cures burns, by external application with cocoanut oil or ghee. Gairika, kernel of the stone of a mangoe fruit, bidanga, haridra, rasanjana, and katphala,—all rubbed with water and applied externally cures itches in the vagina.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Uses of gairika’ 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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