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...

Treatment for fever (15): Ratnagiri rasa

An equal quantity of mercury and sulphur is to rubbed together and made into a black sulphuret of mercury. This is to be heated and made into a parpati in the same way as described later in connection with the preparation of rasa-parpati (vide, treatment of chronic diarrhoea). Reduce this parpati to fine powder and mix with it copper, mica, gold, each equal in quantity to mercury, iron half the quantity of mercury, and vaikranta (garnet) half the quantity of iron. All these are to be rubbed together in a stone mortar and subjected to bhabana three times each with the juice or decoction of the following:—sigru, basaka nirgundi, bacha, chitraka, bhringaraja, bhukadamba, kantakari, guruchi, jayanti, baka-flower, brahmi, kirata-tikta, and kanya. The product is then to be confined in a crucible or puta (vide, page 294, Vol. I) and heated by means of the third kind of baluka-yantra (vide, page 260, Vol. I). After finishing the heating, the fire is to be extinguished. When cooled by radiation of heat, the medicine is to be taken out, and powdered. This medicine cures nava-jvara very quickly. Dose, 6 raktis, to be taken with the decoction of pippali and dhanya. This medicine is a yoga-vahaka i.e., one which much increases the merits or demerits of another thing with which it is mixed.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Ratnagiri rasa’ 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.