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Rasa Shastra : the Hidden Art of Medical Alchemy.

Author: Andrew Mason
Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
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An authoritative account of Asian Medical Alchemy, this book explores the herbo-mineral-metal based medicines used in these ancient healing traditions. The first resource of its kind, it provides exhaustive insight into the history of alchemy's search for immortality, the variety of minerals used, and production methods.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mason, Andrew.
Rasa Shastra : The Hidden Art of Medical Alchemy.
London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Mason
ISBN: 9780857010889 0857010883
OCLC Number: 877769701
Notes: 13.2: Rasa Shāstra in Therapy: Memorial Herbal Immunotherapy Research and Cancer Information Centre, Niripola, Hanwella, Sri Lanka.
Description: 1 online resource (570 pages)
Contents: Rasa Shastra; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Sri Lanka; 1: Introduction; 2: Return to Sri Lanka; 3: Practical; 4: Journey to the Factory; 5: Setting up Shop; 6: Contents; 7: Final Result; 8: Return; Notes; Part I: What is Rasa Shāstra?; Sagar Manthan(Churning of the Milky Ocean); Section 1: Overview of Āyurveda; 1.1: Ancient Technology; 1.2: Origins; 1.3: Rasa Shāstra; 1.4: Health and Longevity in Āyurveda; 1.5: Sạdḳiryakalas; 1.6: Ojas and Sapta Dhātu; 1.7: Actions of Taste; 1.8: Sạdụpakarmas; 1.9: Pañcakarma; 1.10: Patients Unsuited for Saṁśodhana. Section 2: Metals and Metal-working2.1: Metallurgy and Healing; 2.2: Loha (Metal); 2.3: Ariloha and Dhalana; 2.4: Metallic Immune Booster; Section 3: Visha (Toxins); 3.1: Origins of Visha; 3.2: Visha as Antidote; 3.3: Signs of Visha; 3.4: Visha as Medicine; 3.5: Caste of Visha; 3.6: Snake Venom; Notes; Part II: Workshop, Equipment, Method and Apparatus; Section 4: Siting of Rasashala; 4.1: Siting of the Workshop; 4.2: Sarpa (Snakes); 4.3: Modern Interpretations; 4.4: Celestial Considerations; 4.5: Final Note; Section 5: Selection of Apprentices; 5.1: Alchemist and Apprentice. 5.2: Samudrik Shāstra5.3: Hast Rekha Shāstra; 5.4: Shodhana (Purification); Section 6: Preparation of Medicines; 6.1: Testing of Alchemical Preparations; 6.2: Mercury (A Special Case); 6.3: Khalwa Yantra (Pestle and Mortar); 6.4: Automation (Man vs. Machine); 6.5: Mediums Used for Bhavana; 6.6: Mārana (Calcination); 6.7: Putạ Paka (Temperature); 6.8: Pisti (Anagnitapta Bhasma22); 6.9: Anupāna: Vehicle of Delivery; Notes; Part III: Materials, Formula and Processing; Rasa Materials: Quick Reference Guide; Section 7: Mercury; 7.1: Use of Mercury-based Medicines. 7.2: Origins of Mercury and its Impurities7.3: Transmutation of Base Metals; 7.4: Extraction of Mercury from Cinnabar; 7.5: Ancient Tibetan Sources of Mercury; 7.6: Common Purification of Mercury; 7.7: Kajjali (Black Sulphide of Mercury); 7.8: Rasa Parpati; 7.9: Makara Dwaja (Mercuric Sulphide); 7.10: Mercury: Planet and Metal; 7.11: Hiṅgula (Cinnabar); 7.12: Summing Up and Dangers of Mercury; Section 8: Minerals; 8.1: Use of Mineral-based Medicines; 8.2: Sulphur; 8.3: Bitumen; 8.4: Arsenic Trisulphide; 8.5: Rasa Maanikya; Section 9: Metals; 9.1: Use of Metal-based Medicines; 9.2: Copper. 9.3: TinSection 10; Section 10: Gemstones; 10.1: Origins and Use of Gemstone-based Medicines; 10.2: Diamond; 10.3: Red Agate; 10.4: Blue Sapphire; Section 11: Animal Products; 11.1: Use of Animal Products as Medicines; 11.2: Deer Horn; 11.3: Pearl; 11.4: Peacock Feather; Section 12: Plants; 12.1: Use of Plant-based Medicines; 12.2: Dattura; 12.3: Aconite; 12.4: Bhallātaka (Bhilawan Nut); Section 13: The Living Tradition of Herbo-Mineral Medicines; 13.1: Rasa Formulae.

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An authoritative account of Asian Medical Alchemy, this book explores the herbo-mineral-metal based medicines used in these ancient healing traditions. The first resource of its kind, it provides exhaustive insight into the history of alchemy's search for immortality, the variety of minerals used, and production methods.

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