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 (28): Bhuvaneshvara rasa

One tola in weight of the juice of the following is to be taken, in order, and rubbed by means of an iron rod and dried in the sun:—jayanti, arka, nirgundi, basaka, bala, karanja, suryavarta, chitraka, brahmi, bana-karpasi, bhringaraja, danti, tribrit aragbadha, sahadebi, amara-kanda, bhanti, brihat bhanti, mandukaparni, pippali, dronapuspi, kakamachi, gunja, kesaraja, jojonamallika, asarana, black dhustura, bhanga, and white aparajita.

One tola in weight each of the milk of the following plants is then to be mixed, in order, with it: snuhi, arka, and bata (banian). The whole thing is to be so rubbed as to make a lump. Then mix with it half a tola in weight of kajjali (black sulphuret of mercury i.e., containing an equal quantity of mercury and sulphur rubbed together). Mix again with it one fourth tola in weight each of incinerated vaikranta (garnet, ativisha, nux-vomica, mica, aconite, orpiment, aconite, copper pyrites, and realgar, and mb them all together again and again. When sufficiently rubbed and dried, the compound is again to be rubbed with the juice of changed, and made into pills so small as sesamum. Twenty such pills, dissolved with water. are to be given to a patient whose body is then to be covered with a piece of cloth. As soon as the action of the medicine is felt, the head of the patient is to be washed with cold water, and he is to be, allowed to drink cold water thirty two tolas in weight, over and over again, This medicine cures fever due to an excess of the three doshas, attended with such symptoms as cough, asthma, hiccough, constipation and obstruction of urine by stones. When a fever in attended with stricture, the medicine is to be given with milk and decoction of the panchtrina (viz. kusha, kasha, shara, ikshu, and darbha).

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Bhuvaneshvara 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.

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