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 9 - Tuber Poison (9): Kala-kuta

There is a poisonous tree of the appearance of an asvattha. Exudation of this tree is called kala-kuta. This resembles a crow’s eye in appearance and in colour.

The tuber of this tree is globular and black, like a lime fruit. This tuber is so strongly poisonous that even its odour is sufficient to take away the life of a human being. This tree grows in the provinces, named “shringabera,” “Konkan” and the “malaya” hills in the Deccan.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Kala-kuta’ 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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