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With the proliferation of Buddhism throughout Asia, a new approach to medicine and health began to find favour in the pharmacies of the day. A Buddhist monk and practicing alchemist named Nagarjuna refined and formulated the method of making elixirs and remedies from minerals, precious and non precious metals and gemstones. With surgical intervention in decline due to its highly invasive nature, alchemical medicines began to fill the void as healers of the day sought a medical approach which emulated the effects of surgery but dispensed with its radical approach and torturous convalescence.

Rasa Shastra remedies provided an alchemical fusion of organic-mineral-metals, including such diverse materials as mercury, copper, tin, lead, iron, sulphur, diamond, ruby, emerald, coral and pearls. In the hands of a proficient physician, these elixirs / medicines could be administered in very small doses to produce efficient, fast acting, non-toxic and highly potent results.
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Rasa Shastra divides alchemical materials into a number of different categories, first and foremost being Parada (mercury). This liquid metal is considered the master metal, elevated above all materials. Rasa medicines containing mercury have their strength increased tenfold. Mercury is stabilised by combining with sulphur. This union of these elements is likened to Lord Shiva (mercury) and Parvati (sulphur), his consort.

The categories of Rasa Shastra are as follows: Maha Rasa (great rasa), containing eight materials such as mica and iron pyrite. Uparasa (secondary rasa), populated by eight materials such as orpiment and realgar. Sadharana Rasa (common rasa), populated by eight materials including arsenic and lead oxide. Dhatu (metal) contains nine metals such as iron and copper. Ratna (precious gemstones) contains nine gems such as diamond and sapphires. Uparatna (secondary precious gemstones) contains eight gems such as sunstone and tourmaline. Visha relates to toxic materials and includes Sarpa Visha (cobra venom) and Vatsanabha (Aconitum napellus). These materials also find favour in Rasa Shastra medicines. The final category called Upavisha (secondary plant poisons) contains such plants as Dattura (Datura stramonium) and Kuchala (Nux vomica).

Rasa Shastra ~ The Art of Vedic Alchemy Volumes 1 - 4 compliments an ongoing study by Andrew Mason (Dip. Ayu) in India, Sri Lanka and UK on production / purification techniques of Rasa Shastra. With informative texts, 1000’s of full colour slides, these CD-ROMs take an inquirer on a journey through the preparation of 60+ types of Rasa base materials, using techniques that have remained unchanged since Nagarjuna’s day and are still widely incorporated into many popular Ayurvedic formulas
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