The Garuda Purana

by Manmatha Nath Dutt | 1908 | 245,256 words | ISBN-13: 9788183150736

The English translation of the Garuda Purana: contents include a creation theory, description of vratas (religious observances), sacred holidays, sacred places dedicated to the sun, but also prayers from the Tantrika ritual, addressed to the sun, to Shiva, and to Vishnu. The Garuda Purana also contains treatises on astrology, palmistry, and preci...

Chapter CXCIV - Medical treatments of Sinus etc

Dhanvantari said:—Now hear me, O Sushruta, discourse on the nature of the medical treatment to be adopted in cases of sinus. Sinuses should be first opened with the knife after which remedial measures mentioned in connection with ulcers should be employed.

A medicated Ghritam cooked with the admixture of Guggula, Triphala, Vyosha and Mansa cures sinus, fistula in ano, bad or malignant sores, as well as colic.

A medicated oil cooked with the admixture of the expressed juice of Nirgundi cures sinuses, and malignant ulcers; used both internally and externally this oil proves efficacious in Pama. Pills consisting of three parts of Guggulu, five parts of Triphala, and one part of Krishna prove curative in œdema, intestinal glands, hæmorrhods and fistula in ano. In cutting of the vein of the penis, as well as in syphilis, suppuration of the sore is to be primarily guarded against in as much as suppuration in these cases may ultimately lead to the sloughing off of the organ.

A decoction of Guduchi, Maricha, Nimva and Patola leaves may be advantageously given with catechu and bdellilium in Syphilis. Burn down Triphala to ashes in an iron pan, charred Triphala applied with honey to syphilitic sores brings about their healing almost that very day.

A medicated Ghritam cooked with the admixture of a decoction or paste of Triphala, Nimva, Bhunimva, Karanja, and Khadira proves curative in syphilis and in diseases of syphilitic origin. In a case of fracture of the bone, the seat of the fracture should be first ascertained, which should be first washed with cold water then plastered with mire and bound with blades of Kusha grass. Milk, clarified butter, meat-essence, meat-soap, or soup of sesame seeds should form the diet of a fracture-patient.

A patient suffering from the dislocation, fracture, or crushing of any bone would do well to live on a regimen of garlic and fried paddy, mixed with honey and sugar. Take equal parts of Ashvattha, Triphala and Vyosha, and Guggulu equal to their combined weight, and mix. This compound has the virtue of setting broken bones. Bleeding, and use of emetics and purgatives are recommended in all forms of cutaneous affections.

A decoction of Vacha, Vasa, Patola, and Nimva, or Phalini-bark,taken with honey, subdues the deranged Vayu, and is a good constructive remedy. Purgings should be induced with the administration of a compound of Trivrit, Danti and Triphala.

A medicated oil cooked with the admixture of realgar and black pepper proves efficacious in all forms of cutaneous affections, and plasters composed of these two drugs may be used in all forms of Kustha (skin disease) with advantage in which the patient should take every day five Myrobalans in combination with treacle. Plasters composed of Karanja, Tagara, and Kushtham pasted together with cow’s urine, and rubbing of the affected part with Karavira after anointing it, prove curative in cutaneous affections. Similarly, plasters composed of Haridra, Malayam, Rasna, Guduchi, Tagara, aragbadha and Karanja, or of realgar, Vidanga, Vaguji, Karanja and Sarshapa, pasted together with cow’s urine, destroys cutaneous affections as the sun destroys darkness.

A plaster composed of Vidanga, Airagaja, Kushtha, Nisha and Sindhuttha pasted together with cow’s urine cures Ring-worm. Plasters composed of Prapunnad-seeds, Dhatri, Sarjarasa and Snuhi pasted together with Sauvira wine may be advantageously used in rubbing the patches in cases of Ring-worm. Plasters composed of aragvadha leaves pasted with aranalam proves curative in ring-worms, keloid tumours, and psoriasis.

A compound of Tilam, Triphala, Vyosha, Bhallataka, sugar, honey and clarified butter taken in equal parts, is highly possessed of constructive and aphrodisiac properties, which may be given with benefit to patients, suffering from any form of cutaneous affections.

A lambative consisting of Vidanga, Triphala, and Krishna pounded and pasted together with honey covers urinary complaints (Mehas), skin diseases, intestinal worms, sinuses, and fistula in ano within the range of its therapeutic application. He, who takes Abhayarishtam (urine of Myrobalan), or Amalaka and Nisha for a month, is sure to get rid of all kinds of skin deseases. Burn to ashes the sprouts of Amra and Khadira trees in an iron pot. Ashes thus prepared together with powders of Aksha, taken through the medium of honey and the expressed juice of Dhatri, proves curative in all forms of cutaneous affections. This medicine is also possessed of a good rejuvenating efficacy.

A decoction of Dhatri and Khadira taken with Valguja speedily cures even the most obestinate type of leucoderma. Oil of Bhallataka taken for a month cures all forms of leprosy; solution of catechu taken every day with food or drink cures all forms of skin-diseases.

A medicated Ghritam cooked with a decoction and paste of Vasa, Guduchi, Triphala, Patolam, Karanjakam, Nimva, Asanam, and Krishna Vetasam proves curative in all forms of skin diseases, and enables its users to live up to a hundred years. This Ghritam is called Vajrakam Ghritam. Take the expressed juice of Durva grass and four times as much oil, cook it in the usual officinial method; external applications of this oil cures itches, Pama, etc.

An oil duly cooked and prepared in combination with Druma-bark, Tvak, Arka, Kushtham, rock salt, Gamvirika, and cow’s urine proves curative in ulcers and skin diseases. A decoction composed of Vasa, Amrita, Parpatakam, Nimva, Bhunimva, Markara, Triphala, and Kulattha pulse, taken with honey, cures Amlapittam (acidity).

A decoction of Triphala, Patolam, and Tikta, taken with sugar and Yashtimadhu cures fever, vomiting and acidity. Vasa-Ghritam, Tiktaghritam, Pippali-Ghritam and Guda-Kushmandam should be employed in Amlapittam. Pippali taken with honey cures acidity, a confection made of Pathya, Pippali, and treacle conquers impaired digestion and diseases of the deranged Kapham. Cook a Ghritam in the usual way with a paste of Ajaji, and and Dhanyakam. This Ghritam cures impaired digestion with a non-relish for food, as well as vomiting and diseases of the deranged Pittam and Kapham.

A decoction of Pippali, Amrita, Bhunimva, Vasaka, Arishta. Parpata and Khadira proves curative in carbuncles with fever. Clarified butter in admixture with the expressed juice (Rasa) of Triphala and Trivrit should be given as a purgative in Erysipelas with fever.

A decoction of Khadira, Triphala, Arishta, Patolam, Amrita, and Vasaka, proves curative in measles and small pox. Dusting of the affected part with garlic-powder proves beneficial in carbuncles, Erysipelas, itches, Mashaka and other cutaneous affections. In Charma-kilas, Jatumanis, Mashaka (described before) the affected part should be first scarified and then cauterised with fire or alkali. Plasters composed of Nili, and Patola leaves cures Pashana-Gardhava (parotitis), oil cooked with Gunja berries and the expressed juice of Bhringaraja cures the form of cutaneous affection known as Kapala Kushtham.

A compound consisting of the inner pulps of mango stones, Triphala, Nila, Bhringaraja, Kandupak and iron dust mixed with Kanjika imparts a black gloss to grey hair. Cook a Kudava measure of oil with two Prastha measures of the expressed juice of Parna leaves, milk, Isha and Arka. The oil thus prepared removes the greyness of hairs even of old men. Gargles of Triphala-decoction, or of one consisting of chamber soot, nitrate of potash, Patha, Vyosha, and Rasanjanam should be held in the mouth in stomatitis and affections of the mouth. Honey saturated with powders of Lodhra, Triphala, and Chitrakam, held in the mouth, cures diseases of the throat and the teeth.

Gargles consisting of a decoction of the five astringent leaves viz., Leaves of Patola, Nimva, Jamvira, amra, and Malati, should be regarded as the best in diseases of the mouth. The expressed juice of Lasuna, ardrakam, Shigru, Parula, Mulakam, or Kadali, administered lukeworm, forms the best ear-drop in Otalgia. In acute Otitis, attended with noise in the ears and a shiny discharge, the expressed juice of Snuhi should be poured into the tympanum, after dusting it with powdered rocksalt.

Oil cooked with the expressed juice of Jatipatram, as well as Shunthi-oil, or warm mustard oil proves most efficacious in relieving earache. Milk cooked in combination with the drugs of the Panchamula group, as well as a compound of Chitrakam, Haritaki, and treacle, or a Shadanga soup (jusa) proves curative in cases of catarrh. By taking a light diet (lit. fasting) for five days in succession a man can get rid of the disorders of digestion, catarrh, fever, ulcer and inflammatory diseases of the eyes. Drops of the expressed juice of Dhatri, poured into the eyes, allay the local inflammation, and the same result may be obtained by using honey and rocksalt with a solution of Shigru, Darvi, and Rasanjanam pasted together.

A plaster composed of Haridra, Daru-Haridra, Rasanjanam, Gairikam and rock-salt pasted together and applied around the eyes relieves occular affections. Plasters of Abhaya fried with melted butter, or of Triphala pasted with milk, or a luke-warm solution of a paste of Sunthi, Nimva leaves and an extremely small quantity of rocksalt poured into the eyes in the manner of an eye slave, proves efficacious in all forms of occular complaints.

A decoction of one part of Abhaya, two parts of Aksha, and one part of Amritam, or a lambative of these drugs made with the admixture of honey and clarified butter, and sticks made of Chandana, Triphala, Puga, Palasha and Tarumula pasted together with water cure all forms of Timira. Plasters of Maricha pasted with milk curd and applied in the manner of a collyrium cures all forms of Timira.

A Ghritam cooked with the admixture of a paste and decoction of Triphala and milk, and taken at the evening, speedily cures all forms of Timira. Pills made of Pippali, Draksha, iron-powders and rocksalt, pasted with the expressed juice of Bhringaraja, prove efficacious in hæmorrhoids, cataract, urticaria and occular affections. Pills made of Trikatu, Triphala, rock-salt, Manah-shila Ketakam, Shankhanabhi, Jati flowers, Nimva, Rasanjanam and Bhringaraja, pasted together with milk, honey and clarified butter, prove curative in all forms of occular affections. Eranda-roots or Muchukunda flowers, pasted with milk or Kanjikam, and applied as plasters over the forehead, instantly cure headache.

A medicinal oil cooked in combination with Shatanga, Eranda-roots, Ugra, Chakra, and Vyaghri, each weighing a Pala weight, and used as an errhine, proves curative in Timira, in diseases of the deranged Vayu and Kapham, and in diseases of super-clavicular regions.

A compound of Vishvam, Pippali and rock-salt, taken with salt and treacle, proves curative in Bhuja-stambha (Ebb’s paralyais?) and diseases of the super-clavicular regions. Errhines should be freely employed in combating all forms of Suryavarta (a type of Cephalagia).

A decoction of the drugs of the Dashamula-group mixed with rock-salt and clarified butter should be employed as an errhine in Suryavartam, A woman suffering from an attack of leucorrhœa of the Vataja type should take a compound of Sauvarchala salt, Ajaji, Madhukam, and Nilotpalam, pasted together with milk-curd, and sweetened with honey. In the Pittaja form of leucorrhœa the expressed juice of Vasaka, or Guduchi or Amalaka seeds pasted with water and sweetened with honey and sugar should be administered. For the alleviation of Pandu type of leucorrhœa a woman should take the expressed juice of amalakam, and honey, or that of the Karpasa roots in combination with the washings of rice.

A paste of Tanduliyakam roots and Rasanjanam taken through the vehicle of rice-washings and honey cures all forms of leucorrhœa. Kusha roots pasted with rice-washings and taken through the same medium conquer all forms of leucorrhœa.

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