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 20 - Treatment for indigestion (18): Shankheshvara rasa and Mahashankhashvara rasa

Equal quantities of burnt conch shell, the five salts, alkali prepared from bark of tamarind, trikatu, hingu, aconite, mercury, and sulphur, arc to be mixed together, and subjected to bhavana with the juice or decoction of leaves of apamarga, roots of chitraka and with lime juiee of the amlavarga (see page 301, vol I), in such a way as to make the compound sour in taste. Dose, two raktis each.

This medicine is called “Mahashankheshvara rasa”, if iron and tin are mixed with it. These medicines are to be taken in the morning with a little of tepid water. They cure weakness of the digesting heat, temporary indigestion, fever, gulma, anemia, leprosy, colic, spermatorrea, piles, etc. Even an unusually heavy meal is digested quickly by means of this nfedicine.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Shankheshvara rasa and Mahashankhashvara 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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