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 5 - Taking of tin

Accompaniments of vanga.

Vanga cures bad smell coming out of the mouth, if taken with camphor. It is nutritious and retainer of semen, if taken with jatiphala. In diseases relating to the semen, it is to be used with the juice of tulashi leaves. It is to be used in anemia with clarified butter; in gulma with tankana; in amla-pitta (acidity and biliousness) with haridra; for increase of strength with honey; in an excess of pitta with sugar-candy; for an increase of semen, with juice of tambula (betel leaves); in loss of digestive power, with pippali; in asthma or gasping, with haridra; with juice of champaka flower, in bad smell coming out of the body; with juice of nimha leaves in inflammation of the body; with musk, in diseases due to an excess of vayu; with juice of khadira in skin diseases; with betel nuts in indigestion; with butter in the decay of bones; with milk for nourishment; with bhanga (bhang), etc., for retention of semen; with the juice of rasona (garlic!, in diseases due to vayu; in leprosy with samudra fruit mixed with the juice of nirgundi; with the root of apamarga, in impotency; for increase of growth of the penice, it should be used as a paste with lavanga, samudra fruit, and juice of betel leaves. It produces a sort of hypnotising power in the man who uses it as a tilaka (a mark with sandal paste, etc., on the forehead). It cures head diseases, if applied on the forehead as a paste made with eranda roots and water. It is to be used with apamarga roots in hunch-backedness; with tankana in enlargement of spleen. It cures hysteria, if used as a snuff with rasona and sesamum oil. It is to be used with the milk of ass for the purpose of conceiving or begetting a male child; with butter-milk in gulma due to an excess of vayu; with jamani or ashvagandha, in diseases due to an excess of vayu; with goat’s milk in dropsy; and with jatiphala and ashvagandha in sciatica.

Evil effects of vanga, not properly purified and incinerated.

(1) Vanga, not properly purified and incinerated, gives rise to various diseases such as leprosy, gulma, anemia, spermatorrhoea and gonorrhoea, scrofula, vata-rakta (leprosy of a mild type), and loss of strength.

(2) Vanga as well as sisaka, not properly purified and incinerated, gives rise to the following:—spasm, shivering, kilasha, gulma, kustha, colic, dropsy, anemia, prameha, fistula, impurities of the blood, phthisis, obstinate fever due to an excess of kapha, stone disease, and tumour.

Remedy.

A man is freed from the evil effects of vanga, prepared improperly, if he takes for three days mesha-shringi (powder or decoction) with sugar or sugar-candy.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Taking of tin’ 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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