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 CCVI - Various other medicinal Recipes (continued)

Hari said:—O thou moon-crested deity, a decoction of Maricham, Shringaveram, Kutaja, and Tvacham, internally administered, cures lienteric diarrhœa (Grahini).

A compound consisting of Pippali, Pippali-mulam, Maricham, Tagaram, Vacha, and Patha, pasted together with milk and the expressed juice of Devadaru, proves curative in cases of dysentery.

An Anjanam composed of Maricham and sesame flowers pasted together and applied to the eyes cures chlorosis. O Rudra, treacle and Haritaki, taken in equal parts and given in combination with honey, act as a good purgative remedy.

A compound of Triphala, Chitrakam, Chitram, and Katu-Rohini boiled together with water and internally administered forms a good purgative, and relieves the form of Rheumatism known as Urustambha.

A decoction of Haritaki, Shringaveram, Devadaru, Chandana, and Apamarga-root boiled together with goat’s milk, and taken for a week, undoubtedly alleviates a rheumatic aching pain in the thighs, and proves curative in Urustambha as well. Reduce to fine powder Ananta and Shringaveram, and add to it equal parts of treacle and bdellium. Beat it up into a mass and divide the mass into pills. These pills alleviate stiffness and aching of the ligaments, and improve the digestive capacity. Cull a Shankapushpi creeper with its leaves, roots and flowers. Reduce it to a paste with the addition of goat’s milk; by taking it one is relieved of hysteric fits. Take equal parts of Abhaya and Ashvagandha through the medium of water, and rest assured of a radical cure of hæmorhhage (Raktapittam). Take a mouthful of a pulverised compound of Haritaki and Kushtham, and gulp it down with water for the cure of vomiting.

A decoction of Guduchi, Padmaka, Arishtham, Dhanyakam and Rakta Chandanam proves curative in the Pittaja type of fever, attended with thirst, vomiting and a burning sensation in the body. Shankhapuslipi, mystically dynamised with the recitation of the Mantra, Om, Hum, Namas, and tied round the ear of a fever-patient, acts as a sure febrifuge remedy. O Rudra, put into the hands of a fever-patient eight hundred flowers, each consecrated with the mystic formula, Om Jambhini, Stambhini (destroying and paralysing goddess), Mohaya (make spellbound) Sarva Vyadhin (all diseases) Mé (Mi/Me?) (of mine), Vajréna Thah Thah Sarva Vyadhin Vajrena (dissipate with the thunderlike mystic potency of “Tha” Mantra the morbific energies of all diseases), Phad (obeisance), and touch the tips of his finger-nails. All forms of fever and specially quotidian ague may be destroyed by practising this fever-charm. Fumigation of the body of the patient with the vapours of a burning febrifuge-stick composed of Jamboline fruits, Haridra and the cast off skin of a snake, pasted together and dried, proves curative, O Rudra, in all forms of fever, and in quotidian ague in special.

A medicinal oil cooked in combination with Karabira, Bhringa-leaves, rock salt, Kushtham. Karkatam, and cow’s urine, four times as much as its (oil’s) actual weight, proves remedial to ulcers and Pama, Vicharchika and other kindred diseases of the skin. O Rudra, Pippalis taken with honey, or the use of Shurana and other sweet articles of diet would prove beneficial in cases of splenic enlargement.

A compound of Pippali and Haridra pasted together with cow’s urine and inserted into the rectum leads to the falling off of rectal hæmorrhoids (piles). Goat’s milk admixtured with the expressed juice of ardrakam should be prescribed for the cure of splenic enlargement.

Plasters of Nimva leaves pasted with cow’s urine, or of those composed of Saindhavam, Vidanga, Somaraji, Sarshapa, Visham and the two kinds of Rajani (Haridra and Daru-Haridra) pasted together with cow’s urine, and applied to the skin, prove highly beneficial in all forms of cutaneous affections.

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