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...
Haritala is a compound of sulphur and arsenic, and is of four kinds, viz. Patra-haritala, or vansha-patra-haritala, Pinda-haritala, Godanta-haritala, and Vakadala-haritala. The last two are very rare,
(1) Patra haritala.
Patra-haritala is gold-coloured, heavy, soothing and soft, full of thin layers, and glazy. It consists of several layers, and is competent to cure and prevent, when properly prepared, physical decay and senility.
Pinda-haritala has no layers, is found in lumps, has very little essence or substance, is heavy, and can stop the discharge of menses. It is inferior in quality to the other varieties.
Godanta-haritala is found in long bars, is very soft, has the appearance of cow’s teeth, is heavy, and yellow with blue streaks at the centre.
Vakadala-haritala is very soft and is generally known by the name of cold haritala, It has layers, is heavy, and can cure leucoderma and leprosy.
This concludes ‘Characteristics of Haritala (orpiment)’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. 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.