Chapter I - Historical Background of Rasasastra
This page describes Historical Background of Rasasastra which is the first chapter (adhyaya) located on 25 in the book Alchemy and Metallic Medicines in Ayurveda composed by Vaidya Bhagwan Dash. This book exposes the utility of metals and minerals with regards to Ayurveda and Rasashastra (Medicinal alchemy), treating on its origin, history and development, as well as mercury, Ayurvedic recipes and more. This page contains an online preview of the full text and summarizes technical terms, as well as information if you want to buy this book.
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Jivanandana of Anandaraya Makhin (Study) [by G. D. Jayalakshmi]
Rasashastra considers minerals and metals which are mainly Bhumija in origin (obtained from earth). Mercury, known as Parada is one among them. According to references available in Rasashastra classical texts, initially Parada was used for lohavada (a process of converting lower metals in to higher one); but as time passed, its use for dehavada (treating diseases) was brought into medicine and was successfully used. Thus evolved its use in the treatment of diseases....
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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 1: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory [by Bhudeb Mookerjee]
The following technical terms and synonyms are used as measures of weight in Rasashastra: 6 anus (molecules) make one triti. 6 tritis make one liksha. 6 likshas make one juka. 6 jukas make one sarshapa (mustard seed.) 6 sarshapas make one java (barley seed.) 6 javas make one gunja or racti. 2 gunjas make one nispava. 3 gunjas make one balla. 2 ballas make one masha. 2 mashas make one dharana. 2 dharanas make one niska, shana, kala, or tanka. 2 niskas make one kola, bataka, or gadyana. 2 kolas make...
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Bhesajjakkhandhaka (Chapter on Medicine) [by Hin-tak Sik]
Background Information. In the preceding chapter, it has been shown that the main concern of this thesis is to examine and understand the ancient Indian medical details preserved in the Chapter on Medicine....
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[Alchemy and Metallic Medicines in Ayurveda: index]
[About the Author (Vaidya Bhagwan Dash)]
[Introduction (2): Superiority of Mineral Drugs]
[Introduction (3): Distinctive Features]
[Introduction (4): Purpose of processing]