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 (147): Vidya-vallabha rasa

One part of mercury, two parts of copper, three parts of realgar, and twelve parts of orpiment are to be rubbed together with the juice or decoction of black jira, and kept in a pot made of copper, which is to be confined within two earthen basins, the joint of which is to be duly closed before it is heated by means of the third kind of baluka-yantra, till paddy seeds kept upon the yantra burst. When cooled by radiation of heat, the medicine is to be taken out and powdered. Dose two raktis each, to be taken with sugar only. It cures all sorts of chronic fever. Anointing the body with oil, taking sours, etc., are to be absolutely prohibited while taking this medicine.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Vidya-vallabha 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.