Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 47,185 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This third volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with purification techniques of the Seven Metals (sapta-dhatu) and various Gems (ratna). It also deals with substances such as Alkalis (kshara), Salts (lavana), Poisions (visha) and Semi-poisions (upavisha) as well as various alcholic liquors. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, che...

Part 16 - Evil effects of taking iron not properly incinerated

Iron roasted with too little in quantity of the liquids prescribed, or by a fewer than the prescribed number of putas, or by being rubbed with sulphur or mercury of inferior quality (i.e. not properly purified), is injurious, and serves to shorten the longevity of the man who takes it.

Remedy of the evil effects of iron not properly incinerated.

(1) Evil effects of impure iron are removed, if one takes biranga, previously rubbed with the juice of vasaka, and exposed for a long time to the heat of the sun, mixed with a sufficient quantity of the juice of vasaka.

(2) Purgation by the oily part of aragbadha is to be resorted to for the purpose of destroying worms (growing from the use of iron, not incinerated with mercury). In case of diarrhoea being caused by the purgation, it is to be cured by the drinking of milk. Colic in the stomach, due to use of bad iron, may be cured by using ginger and biranga, taken for 3 days with the juice of biranga, or by taking for 3 days powdered ela mixed with khanda-gurh and honey.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Evil effects of taking iron not properly incinerated’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: 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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