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 CCXVIII - Various Recipes of fumigation-compounds, etc.

Hari said:—A compound consisting of two kinds of Rajani, Patha, Kushtham, Ashvagandha, Ajamodakam, Vacha, Trikatu and common salt pounded together and treated with the expressed juice of Brahmi in the manner of a Bhabana saturation, and taken for a week, tends to highly improve the intellect.

Errhines, plasters, or pastes of Siddharthakam, Vacha, Hingu, Karanjam, Devadaru, Manjishtha, Triphala, Vishvam, Shirisha, the two kinds of Rajani, Priyangu, Nimva and Trikatu pounded together and mixed with cow’s urine prove curative in hysteria, poisoning, insanity, discolouring of the skin,, and diseases due to the influences of malignant ghosts. Take Nimva, Kushtham, the two kinds of Haridra, Shigru, Sarshapa, Devadaru, Patolam and Dhanyam; pound them together and rubb this pulverised compound with whey (Takram). Rubbing of the body with this paste, or with this paste mixed with oil, destroys Pama, itches and allied diseases of the skin.

Take Samudram salt, Saindhava salt, Kshara, Rajika, common salt, Vid salt, Katu, iron rust, Trivrit and Shuranakam in equal parts. Cook them over a gentle fire, with the addition of milk-curd, cow’s urine and water. This pulverised compound, which is called Agnivala Churnam, instantaneously relieves all form of colic, whether intestinal, renal, or splenic, or brought about through the enlargement of intestinal glands (gulma.) It should be taken through the vehicle of warm water, and the patient should be advised to take Masha pulse with melted butter after the digestion of his ingested food. This is almost a specific for all forms of colic, inclusive of the one known as Parinama Shula.

A compound of Abhaya, amalakam, Draksha, Pippali, Kantakarika, Shringi, Punarnava, and Shunthi boiled together with water, or pounded together, may be given with advantage in all forms of Cough.

Abhaya amalakam, Draksha, Patha, Vibbitakam, and sugar, taken in equal parts and internally administered, act as a good febrifuge remedy. Triphala, Vadaram Draksha and Pippali combinedly exercise a purgative virtue, Abhaya taken with salt and warm water acts as a good purgative.

Flesh, blood, excrementitious matter (stool and urine) of female tortoises, fishes, mares, cow buffalos, cows, female monkeys, she jackals, female cats, female crows, female owls, and she bears should be given for relieving fits of fever and insanity. Fumigations with the vapours of burning hairs or feathers) of any of these animals likewise prove beneficial in the foregoing maladies. The god Vishnu, meditated upon by a person at the time of taking a medicine, undoubtedly relieves him of the trouble.

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