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 anc...

Part 49 - Diet in indigestion

Actions and diet salutary to indigestion, etc.

If not incompatible with the condition of the patient, it is desirable, at the earliest stages, to arrange vomiting in indigestion, due to phelgm; soft purgative, in indigestion due to biliousness; and fomenting the abdomen in indigestion due to an excess of va yu. All sorts of physical exercise are also to be resorted to. The following items of food-stutf, which are light and increaser of digesting heat, are beneficial in indigestion:—rice prepared from a very fine red shali-paddy, of tree years’ standing bilepi, paste prepared from paddy fried and then devoid of husks, paste prepared from boiled rice, juice of mudga-pulse, liquor, meat of deer, peacock, hare, lava, all sorts of small fish, such pot-herbs as shalineha, tender leaves of cane-plant, bastuka, prasarini, changeri, and sunisanna, green radish, garlic, kusmanda of long standing, green-banana fruits, shigru-beans, patola, brintaka, lemon fruit, karkotaka, kara-bella, brihati, wild ginger, mesha-shringa, amalaki, oranges, pomegranates, paste prepared from barley, parpata fried with clarified butter, amlavetasa, lime fruit, citrous, honey, butter, clarified butter, butter milk, sauvira, tusodaka, dhanyamla (see page 380, vol. 3), mustard oil, hingu, salt, ginger, jamani, maricha methi, dhanya, jira, and betel leaves, hot water, pungents and bitters.

If medicines prepared from mercury and other minerals are to be taken, liquor and other things prohibited (see pages 196 to 205, vol. 1) should be avoided.

Actions and food harmful in indigestion, etc.

The following are injurious in indigestion etc.:—purgation, suppressing calls of nature, and passage of wind from the abdomen, taking fresh food before the previous meal has been digested, full meal, keeping late hours at night, taking food, too much, or too little, or at irregular hours, shedding of blood, all sorts of pulses and beans, fish, meat, the vegetable named upodika, drinking of water in excess, pistaka jambuka, potatoes and similar roots, hot milk immediately curdled by being mixed with something sour, water extracted from boiled sour milk, milk, sour milk condensed by heating, sugar dissolved into water, kernel of the stone of a palm fruit after the growth of sprout, all sorts of oils and fats, impure water, food incongenial by combination (see page 9 vol. IV), food and drinks unaccustomed and incongenial, food giving rise to flatulence and heavy food.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Diet in indigestion’ 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.