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 33 - Treatment for indigestion (31): Kravyada rasa

Four tolas of mercury, eight tolas, each, of sulphur, copper, and iron are to be mixed together, and heated in an iron pot by means of mild heat. When melted, it is to be thrown upon eranda leaves and reduced to parpati, (see pag 262) which is to be boiled with four hundred tolas of lime juice, kept in another iron pot, heated by mild heat. When dried up, the compound is to be subjected to bhavana with two hundred tolas, each, of the decoctions of pancha-kola and amlabetasa. It is then to be mixed with sixteen tolas of borax, eight tolas of vira salt, and sixteen tolas of powdered maricha, and subjected to bhavana, for seven times, with chanakamla[1]. Pills are then to be made, twelve raktis in weight, each. One such pill is to be taken with butter milk, mixed with rock-salt. This medicine digests, in six hours, such heavy food as meat, pudding, etc- It also cures gulma, enlargement of spleen, udara-roga, colic, grahani, and diarrhoea.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Chanakamla is a gruel prepared by boiled chanaka grams being immersed in water exactly in the same way as kanji (see page 381. Vol, 3)

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Kravyada 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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