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 7 - Treatment of Piles (6): Vara-nagadi rasa

Equal quantities of baranaga (See page 386. vol. III), essence of mica, copper, and steel are to be melted together, in an iron cauldron, placed upon a mild fire- Orpiment, three times in weight of all the above-named combined, is to be thrown, little by little, upon the melted substance, the whole thing being rolled, constantly, by means of an iron ladle.

The substance is then to be rubbed with as much purified mercury, as is necessary to form a solid amalgam (without leaving any superfluous mercury in a liquid state). The lump, thus prepared, is to be kept buried, for one month, under the roots of a bhalla taka tree. It is then to be taken out, and kept immersed, for some time, in cow's milk. It is next to be kept in an iron pot, the inner surface of which has been smeared with clarified butter. It is next to be roasted in that iron pot with one prastha (sixty four tolas) of oil. extracted from bhallataka fruits by means of the patala-yantra (see page 264,vol. I). It is next to be roasted, in that iron pot, with sulphur, previously subjected to bhavana with the same kind of oil, extracted from bhallataka fruits. The roasting is to be continued, till the whole thing is reduced to ashes. These ashes are then to be mixed with an equal quantity of mercury, reduced to ashes, by being rubbed, over and over again, with the juice of the leaves of yellow jhinti, and dried, each time, it is so rubbed. The compound is next to be rubbed with the juices of each of the following, in succession, and dried each time it is so rubbed:—wild shurana, nirgundi, maharashtri gajakarni, (hastikarna-palasha? or hasti shundi?), asthisanhara, and roots of chitraka. It is then to be rubbed, for three times, with the juice of bhringaraja, and powdered, when dried. Dose, three raktis, each, to be taken with jamani, roots of chitraka, biranga, and clarified butter. This medicine cures piles, diseases affecting the mouth, nose, and eyes; painful ailments affecting the rectum, enlargement of spleen and liver chronic diarrhoea, gulma, indigestion, and leprosy.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Treatment of Piles (6): Vara-nagadi 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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