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 11 - Properties of wine in general
New wine causes the discharge of phlegm (through the nostrils, the eyes, etc.). It increases the three doshas and is laxative. It is harmful to the heart, nutritious, and causing inflammation in the system.
It has bad smell, is clear, and heavy. Old wine is increaser of appetite; and destroyer of worms, phlegm, and vayu. It is agreeable to taste and yields a good odour. It is wholesome, light in digestion, and purifier of the internal passages.
In spite of the various merits attending wine, it is to be avoided altogether. Its demerits predominate over its merits. Wine is sometimes prescribed by way of medicine, but otherwise, it is unworthy of drinking, receiving from others, and being given to others.
This concludes ‘Properties of wine in general’ 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.