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 1 - Characteristics of Tin (vanga)

There are two kinds of tin (vanga), viz. khuraka and mishraka. The former is better than the latter which is unfit for use in medicine. Khuraka is white, soft, soothing, and capable of being melted quickly. It is heavy and melts without any noise. The mishraka variety is blackish white in colour.

Tin is bitter, warm, coarse, and a little increaser of vayu. It cures Spermatorrhoea, phlegm, obesity, worms, anemia, and asthma. It is laxitive, light, improver of eye-sight, nutritious, reducer of fat, and a special curer of spermatorrhoea.

Vanga, duly incinerated, is an increaser of strength, power of digestion of food, appetite, intelligence, and beauty. It produces a cooling effect on the system. Duly taken, it does away with senility, diseases, and waste. It makes the dhatus stable, and cures all sorts of pramehas. Taken regularly, it prevents the nocturnal emission of semen.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Characteristics of Tin (vanga)’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances. 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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