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 23 - Diet in piles

Diet and actions beneficial in piles.

The following are beneficial in piles:—purgation, ointment prescribed, (in Charaka, Sushruta and other works on purely herbal medicines), shedding of blood, application of alchalis and heating, as prescribed in (Sushruta, etc.), surgical operation; such food stuffs as rice-obtained from shali and sastika paddy of two or three years’ standing, barley, kulattha gram, patola, shalincha, garlic leaves of chitraka, punarnava, tuber of shurana, vastuka, jivanti, lemon, wine, small ela, brahmi, butter, butter-milk, kakkola, amalaki, citron, kapittha, urine, clarified butter and milk of camel, bhallataka, mustard oil, cow’s urine, sauvira, tushambu (see page 382, vol III), and all sorts of food stuff and drinks possessing the power of pacifying vayu and increasing the digesting heat.

Diet and actions injurious in piles.

Heat of cow, buffalo, rhinoceros, hog, water-fowl of all sorts, crabs and shells., fish, paste of sesamum and mustard seeds, curd, puddings prepared by pestling of cereals and then boiling, baking, or roasting the same, masa, bamboo sprouts, beans, villa fruit. alabu, upodika (a kind of pot herb), ripe mangoes, tuber of water-lily, food causing heaviness of the stomach, heavy food, exposure to the sun, drinking of much water, vomiting, application of douche, diet incongenial by combination, air draft, suppression of calls of nature sexual intercourse, riding on horse-back, sitting in air inconvenient posture, and articles of food stuff increasing the dosas causing piles, in bleeding piles, the restrictions prescribed for rakta pitta are also to be followed.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Diet in piles’ 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.