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...

Part 15 - Treatment for diarrhea (6): Sudha-sara rasa

Four tolas, each, of mercury and sulphur, arc to be rubbed together to form kajjali, or black powder, which is to be melted. Four tolas of mica are to be thrown upon this melted kajjali, the whole thing being rolled and rubbed by means of a wooden rod. While still in melted condition, it is to be thrown upon leaves of kutaja. The compound is then to be reduced to powder, and subjected to bhavana with each of the following:—juice of green tiuduka fruits, milk of udumbara, juice of bark of aragbadha, juice of dugdhini, juice of green pomegranate fruit, mildly heated by puta, juice of the roots of black kambojika (gunja or somaraji), and juice of the bark of kutaja. The following is then to be mixed with it:—four tolas, each, of powdered shunthi, and kantakari, and one tola, each, of musta, indrajava, black jira, roots of chitraka, exudation of the shalmali tree, jira, and aconite. The compound is next to be subjected to bhavana, for seven times, with the decoction of shunthi. This medicine increases the digesting heat. It increases appetite. Dose, six raktis each, to be given with an extract of shunthi and musta, pestled together, made into a lump, and heated by means of the svedani-yantra, for twelve minutes. Diet, butter milk prepared from cow’s milk or curd prepared from goat’s milk, mixed with other items of suitable food stuff, such as green banana fruit, gurbi, green bilva fruit, green mangoe fruit, cut into piece and dried, honey, and egg fruit. This medicine, if applied twice or thrice a day, cures, very quickly, all sorts of diarrhoea, acute or chronic, hiccough, loss of power of digestion, intestinal obstruction, dysentery, diarrhoea with fever, cholera, diarrhoea with mucus, and aversion to food.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Sudha-sara 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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