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 7 - Semi-poison (7): Dhattura or Dhustura (strammonium)

Dhattura increases intoxication, complexion, hunger, and vayu. It cures fever and leprosy. It is astringent, sweet, bitter, warm, and heavy. It destroys lice, boils, phlegm, Itches, worms, and poisons.

Purification of dhattura.

Seeds of dhattura are purified, if they are kept immersed, for 12 hours, in cow’s urine, and then deprived of their husks, by being thrashed with an iron rod in an iron mortar.

Remedy of Dhattura Poison: First process.

Poison of dhustura is nullified by drinking four tolas of the juice of seeds of egg fruits (brinjals).

Second process.

Poison of dhatura is destroyed by drinking the decoction of flowers of cotton combined with their stones. Drinking of saline water also serves the same purpose.

Third process.

One prastha (64 tolas) of cow’s milk and eight tolas of sugar, drunk together, counter-act the poison of dhastura.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Semi-poison (7): Dhattura or Dhustura (strammonium)’ 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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