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 CXCVIII - Various medicinal compounds disclosed by Hari to Hara

Suta said:—Thus the holy Dhanvantari, who is an incarnation of Vishnu, discoursed on many a medicinal compound of infallible potency, which (Hari) formerly disclosed to Hara.

Hari said:—O Shankara, in all types of fever the patient should be made to fast and kept in a room protected from the wind. Boiled water should be given to him for drink. Dry fomentations prove efficacious in all forms of fever; a decoction of Musta and Guduchi proves antidotal to the Vataja type. A decoction of Duralabha cures Pittaja fever, and hear that, a decoction of Shunthi, Parpata, Musta, Valaka, Ushira and Chandana proves remedial in the same type. A decoction of the Shunthi and Duralabha taken with ghritam proves curative in the Kaphaja type of fever. A decoction of Shunthi, Valakam and Prapatam proves curative in all forms of fever. A decoction of Tikta, Eranda, Guduchi, Shunthi, and Mustaka cures Pittaja fever; now hear me enumerate the other medicinal compounds of infallible efficacy. A decoction of Valaka, Ushira, Patha, Kantakari, Mustaka, and Devadaru acts as a good febrifuge remedy. O Shankara, a decoction of Dhanyakam, Nimva and Musta taken with honey, or a decoction of Triphala, Guduchi, and Patola leaves, internally administered, acts as an appetising, Vayu-subduing, and febrifuge medicine. Powders of Haritaki, Pippali, Amala and Chitrakam taken with a decoction of Dhanyakam, Ushira and Parpatam, or a decoction of amalaki, Gudachi, and Chandanam taken with honey proves curative in all forms of fever. Now hear me, discourse on the medicinal compounds, which have the efficacy of subduing the Sannipatika forms of fever. A decoction of Haridra, Nimva, Triphala, Mustakam, Devadaru, Katurohini and Patola leaves destroys Sannipatika fever. Powders of Nagavala, taken with a decoction of Guduchi, Pushkara, Nagaram and Kantakari subdues cough, asthma, etc. Hot water should be given for the alleviation of thirst in fever due to the action of the deranged Vayu and Kapham. Cooked Shali rice reduced to the consistency of a soup, rice gruel, or Mudga soup should be given to a fever-patient for the subsidence of fever. Water boiled with Vishva, Parpatakam, Ushira, and Chandanam, and subsequently cooled down, should be given for the alleviation of fever, thirst and vomiting. A decoction of the drugs of the Panchamulam group proves remedial to Vataja fever. A decoction of Pippali-mulam, Guduchi, and Vishva-bheshajam conquers Vataja fever. A decoction of Nimva and Parpatakam, taken with honey, proves curative in Pittaja fever. The forehead and soles of the feet of a fever-patient, who can not be restored to consciousness even with the employment of ordinary restorative measures, should be cauterised with an iron rod. A purgative decoction consisting of Tikta, Patha, Patola, Vishala, Triphala, and Trivrit, taken with boiled milk, proves curative in all forms of fever.

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