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 (68): Vishva-palaka rasa

Incinerated mercury is to be rubbed with, the five kinds of salts and three kinds of alkalis, and made into a lump Which is to be boiled in kanji mixed with hingu, shuthi, and mustard seeds, by means of a dola-yantra. The mercury is then to be rubbed with the juice of each of the following:—leaves of nirgundi, roots of chitra, bark of agnimantha, leaves of tilaparni, leaves of dhutura, bhringa-raja, ginger roots, kamata, aparajita, kaivarta mustaka, betel leaves and roots of eranda, each equal in quantity to the mercury. This is again to be subjected to bhavana with the biles of each of the following, in succession S—boar, goat, buffallo, rohita fish, and peacock- Pills are then to be made of the size of a black-pepper. Taken with adequate accompaniment, it cures sannipatika-fever. Curd and juice of sugarcane are to be taken by the patient, some time after he takes the medicine. Cooling actions increase the strength of the medicine.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Vishva-palaka 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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