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 6 - Semi-poison (6): Visha-musti (kuchila)

Kuchila (nox-vomica) produces a cooling effect on the system. It is bitter, increaser of a slight vayu, intoxicating, light, highly remover of pain, increaser of hunger, digestive, and destroyer of phlegm, pitta, blood, and (necessarily rakta-pitta).

Purification of visha-musti: First process.

Visha-musti (kuchila) is purified, if is is boiled with kanji for six hours by means of a Dola-yantra, and then fried well with a little of clarified butter (till it is reduced to charcoal).

Second process.

Visha-musti is purified, if it is boiled by means of a Dola-Yantra with cowdung mixed with water, then with milk, and then fried with clarified butter (till it is reduced to char-coal).

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Visha-musti (kuchila)’ 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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