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 40 - Treatment for indigestion (38): Agni-suhrid rasa

Equal quantitis of mercury, aconite, sulphur, javaksara, sarjiksara, and pancha-lavana, half the quantity of all these combined, of green leaves of bhang duly fried with clarified butter; and half the quantity of all the above ingredients combined, of roots of shigru—all these are to be mixed together, and rubbed for three days each, in succession, with the juice or decoction of bhanga, roots of shigru, roots of chitraka, and leaves of bhringaraja. The compound is then to be confined in an earthen vessel, the mouth of which is to be closed by means of an earthen basin with mud and rags. The vessel is then to be heated, for three hours only, by means of the flames of a light, kindled in an earthen pot with wick made of cotton. When dried up, the compound is to be subjected to bhavana, for seven times, with ginger juice. This medicine is to be taken, in doses of one-fourth of a tola, with a little of honey. One tola of molasses, mixed with powdered shunthi and sofran, is to be taken, a little after taking this medicine.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Agni-suhrid 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.