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...

Tin, kanta iron, and mica—all equal In quantities and reduced to ashes, are to be rubbed with the juices of leaves of kanaka dhutura, nimba, pomegranate, and apamarga, respectively and separately, Incinerated rajavarta[1], equal in quantity to the tin, is then to be mixed with the compound, referred to above, and the whole thing is to be rubbed well with cow’s urine, and shila-jatu dissolved with water.

The product is then to be rubbed for eight days with guggulu (duly purified by means of being boiled in a Dola-yantra with the decoction of guruchi, dasha-muli, or triphala), dissolved with water. It is then to be dried, powdered, and mixed with an equal quantity of gum of babbula (acacia), fried by heat and reduced to powder, and with the same quantity of the powder of akuli (nirmali) seeds. The whole thing is then to be finely powdered and sifted by means of a piece of cloth and kept carefully. This medicine cures all sorts of meha and prameha, if taken with the juice of turmeric, pestled with butter-milk (prepared from cow’s milk).

This preparation of ranga, taken in doses of 12 raktis a day, serves as a destroyer and preventer of senility. It also cures all sorts of diseases relating to the semen. The following diet should be taken by the user of the preparation:—shall rice, juice of mudga pulses, butter, sesamum oil, patola, gopala-karkati, and butter milk.

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See chapter on gems in the present volume.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Vanga-kalpa’ 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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