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 13 - Treatment of Piles (12): Trailokya-tilaka rasa

Equal quantities of essence of mica, purified glass, and borax, are to be powdered by filing, and fried with clarified butter. The compound is then to be mixed with one eighth its quantity of incinerated sasyaka (see page 110, vol II), and heated by puta for three times. It is next to be mixed with an equal quantity of rajavarta (see page 248, vol III) rubbed with the juice of matulunga. and heated by puta for three times. It is next to be rubbed with the juices of punarnaba, vasaka, and hilamochika, and heated by puta, for four times. It is next to be rubbed with the decoction of guggulu, and triphala and heated by puta for thirty times, The compound is then to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of kajjali (mercury and sulphur rubbed in equal quantities, to form a black powder), and heated by puta, for fifty times. In performing the acts of puta, care should be taken to see that the substance is rubbed with the juice of the prescribed herbs, every time, the heating of puta is resorted to. (In the last case, the substance is to be mixed only once, with kajjali and rubbed with water only, before every act of puta.) The compound is then to be mixed with an equal quantity of kanta iron, reduced to ashes, and rubbed with clarified butter. The compound, thus formed, is to be mixed with one eighth its quantity of cinnabar, and heated by puta, for ten times, being rubbed each time, with the juice of lakucha. The compound is next to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of silver, and realger, combined, and heated by puta, for ten times, being rubbed each time, with water only. It is then to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of sulphur and heated by puta, for twenty times, being rubbed each time, with the juice of hilamochika. The compound is next to be mixed with an equal quantity of clarified butter, prepared from black cow-milk. It is next to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of copper pyrites, and heated by puta, for ten times, being rubbed each time with the juice of leaves of nirgundi.

The compound is again to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of kajjali (prepared by rubbing equal quantity of mercury and sulphur) and heated by puta, for ten times, rubbing each time with water. The compound, thus prepared, is to be mixed with one-eighth its quantity of incinerated vaikranta (garnet), one sixteenth its quantity of raja-varta (lapis lazuli), and equal quantity of rasaparpati (see page 262). It is next to be subjected to bhavana with the juice or decoction of the following, in succession:—ginger, guruchi, bhukadamba, bhringaraja, roots of chitraka, trikatu, tuber of ganja-kini, (carrot and turnip), and ginger (for the second time). When dried, the whole thing is to be powdered and sifted by means of a piece of cloth. This medicine cures all sorts of diseases, and specially, udvarta, constipation, colic, paralysis of the tongue, dullness of intellect, sterility, sutika, colic felt at the time of digestion of food, rakta-gulma, and painful menstruation. Diet and accompaniment are to be decided upon, in consideration of the nature of disease.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Trailokya-tilaka 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.