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 - Semi-poison (1): Snuhi

Snuhi is laxative, strong, increaser of hunger, pungent, and heavy. It cures colic, mucus, asthila (growth of a lump of flesh alongside the navel), swelling of the belly by wind, kapha, gulma, wind in the stomach, insanity, spermatorrhoea, leprosy, piles, dropsy, obesity, stone-disease, anemia, boils, fever, enlargement of the spleen, poison, and artificial poison.

The milk of snuhi is warm in effect, soothing, pungent, and light. It is effective for the purpose of moving the bowels to those who suffer from gulma, leprosy, udara-roga, or some other chronic diseases.

Purification of the milk of snuhi.

One tola of the juice of the leaves of chincha, filtered by means of a piece of cloth, is to be mixed with eight tolas of the milk of arka. The liquid is then to be dried by the heat of the sun. Thus dried, the milk of arka becomes purified, and may then be used, where necessary.

Remedy of snuhi poison: First process.

Troubles due to snuhi poison are removed by drinking cold water, mixed with sugar-candy, and by being treated with cooling fan and resorting to a cool and shady place. Tamarind leaves, pestled with water, should also be taken in such cases.

Second process.

Water, mixed with red ochre (see page 146, vol. II), removes troubles due to the poisons of snuhi and arka.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Semi-poison (1): Snuhi’ 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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