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 1 - Characteristics of Navasara (sal ammoniac)

Navasara or chulika salt is a kshara which is sometimes found to grow in karira and pilu wood, when in a state of decomposition. It is the same pale saltish and light thing which is sometimes found deposited on burnt bricks. The stool of man, camel, hog, etc. is to be dissolved with water and filtered through a piece of cloth for several times and then dried up by means of heat, the product being navasara.

Properties of navasara (1)

It helps the exhaustion of mercury and the melting of metals, increases appetite, cures gulma, enlargement of the spleen, and dryness of the mouth. It helps the digestion in the stomach of such heavy food as meat, etc. It is one of the constituents of what is called a vida and is a pacifier of the three doshas.

Properties of navasara (2)

Navasara is saltish. It expedites the discharge from the system of things (such as blood, kapha, pitta, etc.) which have already commenced to come out. It is cool, and is efficacious in dropsy, heart disease, liver complaints, fever, enlargement of the spleen, head disease, tumour, diseases pertaining to the female breast, raktapitta, cough, fracture of bones and in diseases pertaining to the vagina.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Characteristics of Navasara (sal ammoniac)’ 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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