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 (39): Kshemeshvara rasa

Two parts each of mercury and sulphur, and one part of aconite are to be rubbed together for three? days with the juice of musali. The compound is then to be dried and heated inside a glass bottle, by means of a baluka-yantra (see page 259 Vol. I). Cooled after heating, the compound is to be mixed with a quantity, equal to it, of each of the following:—black jira, jira, hingu (asafoetida), sarji-kshara, borax, guggulu, five salts (viz. sea-salt, rock-salt, bida salt, salt-petre, and sambara salt, see page 283, Vol. III). All these are then to be rubbed together and subjected to bhavana for seven times with the decoction of the same ingredients, (viz. black jira, etc.), and made into pills, five raktis in weight, each. It is to be taken with a betel leaf. It is a very good medicine in fevers due to an excess of the three doshas. In nava-jvara of a virulent type, this medicine is to be taken with a little of hot water. This should also be prescribed in a particular type of fever which is attended with a sensation of heat, followed by that of coldness, and in gulma, and colic due to an excess of the three doshas. After taking this medicine, the patient may be allowed to take diet, to his liking. His body should also be smeared with sandal paste and other cooling unguents. This is for pacifying the heat in his body and increase of strength.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Kshemeshvara 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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