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 (43): Pratapa-tapana rasa

Equal quantities of sulphur, cinnabar, orpiment, mercury, iron, borax, calamine (or zinc), sarjikshara, powdered manjistha and cinnabar (for the second time) are to be rubbed together with the juice of leaves of nirgundi. When dried, the compound is to be put into a blind crucible, and subjected to heat for twenty four hours by means of the third kind of baluka-yantra (see page 260, Vol. I) Take out the medicine when the cruicible is perfectly cooled by radiation of heat. Dose, one rakti, to be taken with ginger juice. It cures fever due to an excess of the three doshas. Diet—curd, mixed with boiled rice, or milk, or soup of goat’s meat.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Pratapa-tapana 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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