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 35 - Treatment for indigestion (33): Vaishvanara-pottali rasa

One tola, each, of mercury, sulphur and burnt cowri-shell are to be rubbed together to form a kajjali or black powder, which is to be rubbed for one day with cow’s milk. It is then to be dried, put inside a crucible, and subjected to heat by a laghu puta. This medicine increases the digesting heat enormously. Having regard to the age and strength of the patient, this medicine is to be given, in doses of three raktis, each, with powder of nineteen marichas and a few drops of clarified butter. Three morsels of food are to be taken, with curd, after taking the medicine. This serves to cleanse the throat and stop the rise of belching with bad odour. Diet to be taken, in mid-day, with a few drops of clarified butter, butter-milk, and sauce, and at night with milk, or with any other item of food stuff, considered salutary to the patient. The following are to be avoided at the time of taking this medicine:—things considered bidahi (see page 7, foot-note), pulses, excess of salt food cooked with oil, bilva fruit, kara-bella, brinjal (egg fruit), and kanji.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Treatment for indigestion (33): Vaishvanara-pottali rasa’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. 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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