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 24 - Treatment for indigestion (22): Shankha rasa

Four tolas, each, of the ashes of the bark of tamarind and pancha-lavana are to be rubbed together with lime juice and dissolved with the same juice. Four tolas of purified conch-shell are to be heated by fire, and immersed in the solution. The process is to be repeated over and over again till the conch-shell is sufficiently roasted to be reduced to ashes- The conch-shell thus reduced to ashes is to be mixed with four tolas, each, of hingu and trikatu and one-fourth tola, each, of mercury, sulphur, and aconite. Pills are then to be made, one rakti in weight, each. This medicine cures waste, grahani, and colic felt at the time of digestion of food.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Shankha 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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