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 (75): Mrita-sanjibana rasa

Equal quantities of incinerated mercury, iron, trikatu, kankustha, realgar, orpiment mica, cinnabar, kumbhi, roots of chitraka, bhringaraja, marisha, tanduliaka (tandulaka), copper pyrites, and hastishundi; and purified mercury and sulphur, each equal in quantity to one fourth the weight of the foregoing materials combined—are to be rubbed together for three days with ginger juice and made into a lump. When dried, it is to be put upon an earthen basin and heated by the third kind of baluka-yantra. While thus heated, it is to be rubbed, over and over again, with the juice or decoction of bhanga, lime fruit mirgundi, and changed, some quantities of those very same juices or decoctions being put upon the lump, while heated. The substance is thus to be heated for fourteen days, after which it is to be nibbed with the juice of ginger, and dried. This medicine cures sannipatika and other fevers, soon. Dose, three raktis, each.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Mrita-sanjibana 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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