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 5 - Fever due to the three doshas (vayu, pitta, kapha)

Symptoms of fever due to an excess of vayu.

Shivering, irregularity of temperature, dryness of the throat and the lips, insomnia, absence of sneezing, roughness of the whole body, pain over the head, heart, and all over the body, insipidity of the mouth, hardness of stool, colic, flatulence, and yawning.

Symptoms of fever due to an excess of pitta.

Violence of attack (excess of temperature), diarrhoea, little sleep, sweating, vomiting, bad smell of throat, lips, mouth and nose, giddiness, delirium, bitter taste in the mouth, fainting, burning sensation, loss of intellect, thirst and yellowish appearance of stool, urine, and eyes.

Symptoms of fever due to an excess of kapha (phlegm).

Wetness of the whole body, low temperature, laziness, sweet taste in the mouth, whiteness of stool and urine, dulness of body, a feeling of pacification of hunger without taking any food, slight temperature, vomiting, stiffness of limbs, indigestion of food, heaviness of body, cold sensation, emission of moisture from mouth standing of hairs on ends, too much sleep, catarrh, aversion to food, cough, gasping, whiteness of eyes, heavy perspiration, and slight burning sensation.

Fever due to an excess of two or three of the doshas.

Of the tree kinds of fever mentioned above, if the symptoms of any two combine, the fever is called due to vayu-pitta, or pitta-kapha or vayu kapha, and if the symptoms of all the tree combine, it is called due to an excess of the three doshas.

General symptoms of fever due to an excess of the three doshas.

Alternate burning and cold sensations, pain on bone joints, headache, turbid, red and squint appearance of eyes, flow of water from eyes, pain and hearing of sound in the ears, a feeling of the throat being covered over, as it were, with bristles of corns, etc. drowsiness, loss of intellect, dilirium, cough, gasping, aversion to food, giddiness, burning sensation on and roughness of the tongue, slackness of limbs, spitting of blood and bile mixed with phlegm, moving the head this way and that way, thirst, sleeplessness, pain on heart, delay in passsing of urine and stool, scantiness of sweating, urine, and stool, slightness of emaciation, inarticulate sound in the mouth swollen patches in skin, coloured red with bluish tinge or purely red, like that caused by wasp bites or appearance of larger round spots on skin, choking of voice, stench coming out of the mouth and the nostrils, etc.; a feeling of heaviness in stomach, and delayed pacification of the excess of the three doshas.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Fever due to the three doshas (vayu, pitta, kapha)’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry. 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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