Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 52,258 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This fourth volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with Rasa-chikitsa-vidya, also known a the science of Iatrchemistry (chemical medicine), a major branch of Ayurveda. It contains Ayurvedic treatments for Fever and Diarrhea. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sanskrit verses dealing with ancie...

Part 3 - Unwholesome diet and deeds

The following are to be avoided:—taking meal before and much after, the usual time;- taking much in excess of or much less than the proper quantity of meal; taking meal before one feels hungry; food classed as bidahi[1], heavy food, that class of food which gives rise to flatulence, food fermented and not cooked by one’s own people (i.e., food cooked by keepers of hotels, etc.), food which gives rise to vayu and pitta; pangents, sours, bitters, and astringents (except when especially allowed); sexual intercourse, anger, physical labour in excess, things which have the property of killing mercury and the metals, such as kaka-machi; much talking, gruel, such fermented drugs as asavas and aristas, exposure to the heat of the sun and fire, except in cold regions of the world, exposure to drafts of air, sleeping and dozing in day time, keeping late hours at night, smoking and eating of tobacco, especially the latter[2], opium, tea, biscuits, loaves prepared from fermented wheat, food prepared by frying it with oil or adulterated butter or clarified butter, red pepper, fried rice, kusmanda, karkati, kalinga, kara-bella, kusumbha, kalambi, kadali, betel-nuts, jack fruits, kanji, (see page 381 Vol. III), tortoise, red punarnava, kukkuta (fowl), kapota (pigeon), karkoti, kapittha, kalaya, karkaru, kulattha, kangu rice, kola (sour plum), kaseru, (scirpus kysoor), kebuka (cosius speciosus), and meat of animals living near water; leaves and sprouts of betasa, (calamus rotong), bilba bartaku (egg fruit), mushroom, sweet plums curd, all pulses except mudga, linseed, mustard-seeds, sesamum seeds, camphor, mustard oil, taken internally with food, and anointing the body with it, anointing the body with saffron, and alcohol in any form.

Footnotes and references:


Those articles of food stuff which give rise to inflammation, thirst, and acidity as well as those which increase vayu and pitta, simutaneously, are called bidahi. They are:—roasted articles (except fish), red pepper; and rice, chipitaka, chanaka (gram), and kalaya (pinum sativum)—if fried (with or without oil), food seasoned with much of mustard; sour, and fermented food stuff.


Smoking of tobacco is injurious to health, but eating and sniffing of the same is a gradual destroyer of longevity.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Unwholesome diet and deeds’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: 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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