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 2 - Purification of Kankustha (an ore containing tin)

First process.

Kankustha is purified, if subjected to bhavana for three times with the decoction of shunthi.

Second process.

All the uparasas (including kankustha) are purified, if subjected to bhavana for several times with ksharas, amlas, and with the juice of any one of the following:—suryavarta, kadali, bandhya karkotaki, koshataki, devadali, shigru, vajra kanda (wild shurana), jala-pippali, and kakamachi. Essence is discharged by the uparasas (of course, those which have got them), if heated after they have been purified in that way.

Kankustha is full of essence. It is therefore not necessary to extract an essence from it.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Purification of Kankustha (an ore containing tin)’ 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.

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