The Wealth of Indian Alchemy and Its Medicinal Uses

author: B. Mukherji
edition: 1998, Sri Satguru Publications
pages: 741
language: English
ISBN-10: 8170305829
ISBN-13: 9788170305828
Topic: Rasashastra

Summary: This books is the English translation of the Rasa-jala-nidhi, or the “wealth of Indian alchemy and its medicinal uses”, representing a vast amount of ancient knowledge regarding topics such as purification of mercury, metals, minerals, precious stones and poisons. It also includes a large amount of Iatro-chemical recipes collected from various Sanskrit sources.

This is the second revised edition in two volumes.

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Introduction:

The main concept of Rasa sastra is to transform base/lower metals into noble/ higher metals and to strengthen and maintain the body tissue in a healthy state and to cure the diseases. Therefore to achieve Lohavedha (transformation of metals) and Dehavedha (transformation of body tissues) this system of Rasa Sastra was evolved and developed. The Rasa sastra has laid stress on the Rasayana concept of Ayurveda to promote positive health through prevention of ageing and diseases. The present book is the revised English translation of the Rasa Jala Nidhi. As the name denotes this book is the ocean of Rasa Sastra giving procedures for purifications of mercury, medicinal uses etc.

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[New Introduction to Revised Edition]

Contents of this online book (index):

The full text of the The Wealth of Indian Alchemy and Its Medicinal Uses 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: Requisites for Metallurgical Operations [link]
Chapter 2: Initiation of Disciple [link]
Chapter 3: Parada (Mercury) [link]
Chapter 4: Natural Blemishes of Mercury [link]
Chapter 5: Dying of Mercury [link]
Chapter 6: Apparata (Yantras) [link]
Chapter 7: Definitions [link]
Chapter 8: Making of Gold [link]
Chapter 9: Uprasas [link]
Chapter 10: Metals [link]
Chapter 11: Ratnas (Gems) [link]
Chapter 12: Ksharas (Alkalis) [link]
Chapter 13: Lavanas (Salts) [link]
Chapter 14: Visha (Poisons) [link]
Chapter 15: Upavisha (Semi-Poisons) [link]
Chapter 16: Tailapatana (Extraction of Oil) from Seeds of any kind [link]
Chapter 17: Sandhanas (Liquors) [link]
Chapter 18: Paribhasha (Definitions) [link]
Chapter 19: General Directions for Taking Drugs [link]
Chapter 20: Fever [link]
Chapter 21: Jvaratisara (Fever with Diarrhoea) [link]
Chapter 22: Irregularity of the Digesting Heat [link]
Chapter 23: Piles [link]
Chapter 24: Diseases Affecting the Belly [link]
Chapter 25: Raktapitta (Haemeptosis) [link]
Chapter 26: Phthisis or Consumption [link]
Chapter 27: Cough [link]
Chapter 28: Asthma and Hiccough [link]
Chapter 29: Hoarseness [link]
Chapter 30: Diseases Affecting the Heart [link]
Chapter 31: Amlapitta or Acidity and Biliousness [link]
Chapter 32: Shula (All Sorts of Pain in the Belly including Colic) [link]
Chapter 33: Gulma (A Kind of Tumour in the Belly) [link]
Chapter 34: Krimiroga (Worms and Bacilii) [link]
Chapter 35: Pandu (Anaemia), Kamala (Jaundice) [link]
Chapter 36: Arochaka (Aversion to Food) [link]
Chapter 37: Vomiting [link]
Chapter 38: Thirst [link]
Chapter 39: Medas (Obesity) [link]
Chapter 40: Thinness [link]
Chapter 41: Daha (Sensation of Heat) [link]
Chapter 42: Madya-Pana-Vikara (Diseases of Drinking Wine) [link]
Chapter 43: Murchha (Loss of Consciousness) [link]
Chapter 44: Sannyasa (Malignant Swoon) [link]
Chapter 45: Apasmara (Epilepsy) [link]
Chapter 46: Unmada (Insanity) [link]
Chapter 47: Ama-vata (Gout and Rheumatism) [link]

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