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 25 - Treatment for enlargement of spleen and liver (24): Tamra Kalpa

Two tolas, each, of sauvarchala salt, mercury, and sulphur, and six tolas of copper arc to be rubbed with lime juice, juice or decoction of suryavarta and pippali, and exudation of shalmali, and kept in the sun so long as the ingredients do not mix up together. The compound is then to be rubbed again with lime juice, dried, and finely powdered. Dose, two raktis on the first day, three raktis on the 3rd day, and so on up to 12 raktis a day (being increased by one rakti everyday), which is to continue until recovery. This dose of 12 raktis a day is then to be reduced by one rakti a day till it reaches two raktis a day, after which the medicine is to be stopped altogether. Diet, boiled shali rice, mixed with milk and clarified butter, to be taken after the medicine is digested. This medicine cures acidity and biliousness, all sorts of chronic diarrhoea, chronic fever, fever of long standing, enlargement of spleen and liver, agramansa, swelling due to anemia, kansya-kroram, kamatha (tortoise-shaped spleen), and all sorts of udura-roga. It increases the dhatus, nutrition, strength, beauty, and power of digestion. The mouth is to be purified, after meal, with betel leaves prepared, as usual, with powdered lime, catechu, etc.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Tamra Kalpa’ 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.