A Textbook of Rasasastra
author: Ravindra Angadi
edition: 2014, Chaukhamba Surbharati Prakashan
Summary: A Textbook of Rasasastra (Iatro-Chemistry and Ayurveda Pharmaceutics). This book details the origins and history of ancient Indian medicinal alchemy (rasashastra) and also treats of various topics, such as medicinal applications of metals, minerals and previous stones.
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Introduction:This book incorporates 27 chapter framed strictly as per most recent UG and Pg syllabus of Rasashashtra autlined by CCIM.
The chapters, its concepts and the formulations dealt here are earnestly motivated by ;’scientific approach’, ‘rationality’, practical applicability’, ‘present day utility’,’feasibility’ and their worthiness in the field of treatment’.
More than one method of purification and incineration of ‘Rasadravya’ are intentionally explained in the book to make the students understand the rationality behind each method. UG students my choose the easiest method advised by their learned teachers. However, for PG scholars it is better if they meticulously go through all the explained methods to evaluate, compare, and understand the rationality.
It is appealed to the readers of this text to think over the explained concepts with an open and unconventional mindset.
Hope this book will be useful to everyone in the field of Ayurveda, especially to the under graduates. The postgraduates and the students appearing for PG entrance examination.
Contents of this online book (index):
The full text of the A Textbook of Rasasastra in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.
Chapter 1: History and chronological development of Rasasastra [link]
Chapter 2: Rasasala/Bhesajagara (The Drug Manufacturing Unit) [link]
Chapter 3: Paribhasa Prakarana (Significant Definitions) [link]
Chapter 4: Dravya Vargikarana (Classified Drugs) [link]
Chapter 5: Yantra (Instruments) [link]
Chapter 6: Musa (Crucibles) [link]
Chapter 7: Kosthi (Specially Built Fireplaces) [link]
Chapter 8: Puta (Ancient Pyrometry) [link]
Chapter 9: Parada (Mercury) [link]
Chapter 10: Parada Astasamskara (Eight Special Procedures of Mercury) [link]
Chapter 11: Parada Gati and Bandha [link]
Chapter 12: Jarana [link]
Chapter 13: Murcchana [link]
Chapter 14: Rasa Dravya Vargikarana (Classification of Rasa Dravya) [link]
Chapter 15: Maharasa [link]
Chapter 16: Uparasa [link]
Chapter 17: Sadharana Rasa [link]
Chapter 18: Dhatu Varga [link]
Chapter 19: Ratna-Uparatna (Gems and Minor Gems) [link]
Chapter 20: Uparatna (Semiprecious Stones) [link]
Chapter 21: Sudha Varga Dravya [link]
Chapter 22: Sikata Varga (Silicate Minerals) [link]
Chapter 23: Ksara Varga [link]
Chapter 24: Visopavisa (Poison and Sub-poisons) [link]
Chapter 25: Ausadha Yoga (Compound Formulations) [link]
Chapter 26: Drugs & Cosmatics Act (DCA) & Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) [link]
Colour Plates of Rasa dravya [link]