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 from earthworm

First process.

Essence can be obtained from earth worms, if they are boiled with milk, rubbed with the soil raised by these worms or with tankana, and then heated.

Second process.

Earth worms growing in sharat (i.e., the two months next after the rainy season) are to be mixed with molasses, honey, ghee, tankana, tuber of the root of a banana plant, and tuber of shurana. All these are to be rubbed into a ball, dried, and then heated until essence is discharged. This essence is to be taken out of the dirty substance.

Third process (extraction of essence from copper earth-worms).

Earth-worms growing in the proximity of copper mines are to be rubbed with molasses, guggula, lac, wool, small fish, oil cakes, and borax, and made into a ball, which is to be dried and heated, resulting in the discharge of a copper-like essence. An essence can similarly be obtained from pea-cock’s feathers.

Properties of the essence of earth-worms.

Essence of earth-worms is cool. It cures all sorts of carbuncles and leprosy. A draught of water touched by this essence has the property of pacifying all sorts of poisons, organic or inorganic. It imparts to mercury the property of standing the heat of fire. Such are also the properties of the essence of peacock’s feathers.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Extraction of essence from earthworm’ 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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