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 - Extraction of essence of manas-shila

First process.

Manas-shila discharges its essence, if heated strongly by means of a bellows, after having been rubbed with one eighth its weight of oxidised iron, gurh, guggulu, and ghee.

Second process.

Manas-shila, rubbed with kshara and amla, and mixed with the essence of earthworm, tankana, madana fruit, and juice of karaballi leaves, all rubbed together, is to be put into a crucible, and heated by means of charcoal, given twice only. This results in the extraction of essence from manas-shila.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Extraction of essence of manas-shila’ 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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