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 (73): Pratapa-lankeshvara rasa

Eight tolas of mercury and sulphur each, are to be rubbed together and made into kajjali or black powder, with which is to be mixed the following:—twelve tolas each of cinnabar, mahishaksha guggulu, realgar, and amalaki, one and half tola of haritaki and trikatu each, and one tola in aggregate of bacha, renuka, biranga, musta, patraka, gajapippali, naga-kesara, ashvagandha, and sugar-like essence of flowers or fruits of madhuka; half a tola each of karanja and aconite. All these are to be rubbed together and subjected to bhavana with the juice or decoction of each of the following, in succession:—bhumi-amalaki, bhanga, samudra phala, roots of chitraka, and bhringaraja. The compound is again to be subjected to bhavana with biles or boar, goat, buffallo, peacock, and rohita fish, in succession. Smoke, caused by the burning of karanja seeds mixed with one grain of aconite is then to be applied to the compound which is next to be nibbed with ginger juice and made into pills, one rakti in weight, each. One such pill, rubbbed with a few drops of honey and a little of ginger juice, is to be given to a patient attacked by sannipatika fever, at a time when the strength of his senses and his consciousness have disappeared, causing an automatic drooping of the eye-lids. This medicine may also be applied with ajamoda in gulma; with trikatu in diseases due to vayu, and with jira in chronic diarrhoea. This nectar-like medicine.was. revealed to king ravana for the benifit of men, horses and elephants, alike.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Treatment for fever (73): Pratapa-lankeshvara 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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