Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 63,627 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This fifth volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with the symptoms, treatment and dietary prescriptions of various afflictions. For example, ratapitta (haemoptysis), cough, asthma, tumours and obesity are dealth with and various Iatro-chemical recipes are provided for these diseases. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical me...

Chapter 18 - Symptoms and Treatment of Karshya (thinness)

Its causes:—

An abnormal excess of vayu, food and drinks, coarse and unmixed with clarified butter, etc., fasting, in-sufficient meal, excessive use of purgatives, vomiting, etc., grief, suppression of calls of nature and sleep, frequent illness, sexual intercourse in excess, physical exercise, regulated diet, fear, and brooding over loss of riches, etc.

The following are the symptoms of a very thin man:—dryness of the buttock, belly, and shoulder, prominence of the nerves all over the body, dryness of skin and bones, swelling of the joints and the face.

Treatment of thinness: Simple remedies.

Such medicines as are considered tonics and aphrodisiacs are to be used. Pestled roots of ashvagandha, taken with milk or clarified butter, or oil, or comfortably hot water, does away with thinness (karshya).

Iatro-chemical remedies.

Amritambudhi rasa.

Three parts of incinerated mercury, one part of gold, and four parts of essence of guduchi are to be rubbed together with sugar, honey, and clarified butter, for one day. Dose, six raktis, a day. Two tolas of roots of ashva-gandha are to be taken with cow’s milk, after taking this medicine. It cures thinness.

Purnachandra rasa.

Equal quantities of incinerated mercury, mica, iron, shilajatu, vidanga, copper-pyrites, honey, and clarified butter are to be rubbed together, and taken in doses of six raktis, a day. Powdered flower of shalmali, one tola'in weight, mixed with honey, is to be taken after taking this medicine. A weak man gets strong in a month by taking this medicine. Thin men should be allowed to take all sorts of nutritive diet, and especially goats’ meat He should also sleep in day time as well as at night (This does not apply in the case of weakness and thinness (karshya), caused by consumption, in which sleeping in day time is to be scrupulously avoided).

Dietary in thinness.

It is quite the reverse of that in obesity.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Symptoms and Treatment of Karshya (thinness)’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: 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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