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 52 - Treatment for chronic diarrhea (24): Shighra-prabhava rasa

Equal quantities of mercury, sulphur, mica, steel, orpiment, realgar, sauviranjana, and bimala are to be rubbed together and fried with a little of tila oil. The compound is then to be mixed with the powder of each of the following, each half in quantity of mercury:—roots of pippali, jira, roots of chitraka, jamani, musta, aconite, green mango fruits, green bilva fruits cut into pieces and dried, and exudations of shalmali. The compound is then to be subjected to bhavana for seven times, with the decoction of pancha-kola, and for ten times with the decoction of bark of shyonaka. This medicine, taken with the decoction of shunthi and musta, in doses of twelve raktis a day, cures grahani, diarrhoea, flatulence, aversion to food, rheumatism, weakness of the digesting heat, movement of the bowels, and hiccough.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Shighra-prabhava 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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