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 (166): Chaturthaka-nisudana rasa

Equal quantities of mercury and sulphur are to be rubbed together to form a kajjali or black, powder, which is to be kept in an earthen pot. A copper pot is to be placed, upside down, upon the black powder. The month of the earthen pot is then to be closed by means of an earthen basin, the joint being cemented by means of rags, mixed with mud. When dried, the pot is to be placed upon an oven, and heated in such a way as the flames of the fire do not exceed the height of the toe. The heating is to be performed for sixty days. The copper pot is then to be taken out and powdered. This powder, taken in doses of two or three raktis each, with honey and juice of betel leaves, cures all sorts of fevers including chaturthaka fever. The mouth of the patient is to be coated with a paste made of pestled jira and rock-salt, before he takes the medicine. This medicine is efficacious in sannipatika fever also.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Chaturthaka-nisudana 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.