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 16 - Treatment for diarrhea (7): Naga-sundara rasa

Two tolas each of lead, mercury, mica, and sulphur are to be rubbed together and reduced to a very fine powder. Eight tolas of resin are to be melted and mixed with the powder, which is again to be mixed with one tola in weight of the powder of each of the following:—bark of banian, bibhitaki, rock-salt, bacha, trikatu, jira, black jira, haritaki, bhanga, and jamani. The compound is then to be subjected to bhavana for three times each with the juices of the following:—bark of mahanimba, roots of gunja, nagabala, and guruchi. Pills are then to be made, two raktis in weight each. This medicine cures all sorts of diarrhoea, dislocation of the rectum, and dysentery.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Naga-sundara 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.