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 (60): Kalagni-bhairava rasa

One part of mercury and two parts of sulphur are to be rubbed together and reduced to kajjali or black powder, which is to be rubbed with the juice of gokshura, and subjected to bhavana with the same juice, and dried. This is then to be powdered very fine. Mix with it three parts of copper (which is to be three times in quantity of mercury), ⅜ part of aconite, one part of cinnabar, two parts of dhutura seeds, five parts of godanta haritala (fell spar), five parts of realgar, three parts of borax, six parts of calamine, one part of croton-seeds, three parts of aconite, three parts of copper pyrites, one part of iron, and one part of tin. All these are to be rubbed together with the milk of arka, and then again rubbed for three hours, each, with the decoctions of dashamuli and panchamuli, successivly. Pills arc then to be made, two raktis in weight, each. This medicine cures sannipatika fever, however malignant. Diet, boiled shali rice, mixed with curd. Cooling actions, as referred to before, should be resorted to at the proper time.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Treatment for fever (60): Kalagni-bhairava rasa’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. 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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