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 13 - Semi-poison (13): Jaya (or bhang, bhanga, Cannabis sativa)

Bhanga is a destroyer of kapha. It is bitter, increaser of hunger and power of digestion, light, strong, warm, increaser of pitta, spermatorrhoea, intoxication, power of speech, sexual desire, sleep, and laugh. It is efficacious in titanus, hydrophoboea, cholera, and after-effects of alchohol and haemorrhage after child-birth.

Purification of jaya: First process.

Jaya is purified, if it is boiled with the decoction of the hark of babbula, then dried, and again subjected to bhavana with cow’s milk.

Second process.

Jaya is purified, if it is boiled with milk, then dried, and fried with clarified buttter.

Remedy of bhanga poison: First process.

Troubles due to bhanga poison are remedied by drinking shunthi, mixed with cow’s curd.

Second process.

Troubles due to bhang poison are remedied by the juice of the leaves of panasa tree, taken internally.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Semi-poison (13): Jaya (or bhang, bhanga, Cannabis sativa)’ 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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