The first comprehensive analysis of Asian Medical Alchemy, this book describes the use of herbo-mineral-metal based medicines as used in some of the world's oldest healing traditions. It offers a detailed exploration of Ayurvedic medicinal purification practices that seek to enhance the therapeutic potential of materials, metals and gemstones, as well as offering a concise overview of traditional and modern equipment and methods used in the manufacture of these medicines.
The author's unique and fascinating account of the hidden alchemical arts also explains some of the historical background behind the on-going quest amongst Asian alchemists for immortality.
Andrew Mason is an expert in Eastern Alchemy. He started studying holistic medicine 20 years ago, completing his training as an Ayurveda practitioner in 2006. He then undertook a unique and intensive apprenticeship in the East, learning the closely guarded processes involved in the manufacturing of these ancient remedies. Since his return to the U.K., Andrew has undertaken the task of recording and cataloguing these traditional processes, preserving these techniques which in some cases would have remained as tenuous oral traditions only.
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. Part 1. What is Rasa Shastra? 1. Ancient Technology. 2. Origins. 3. Rasa Shastra. 4. Health and Longevity in Ayurveda. 5. Sadkiryakalas. 6. Ojas and Sapta Dhatu. 7. Actions of Taste. 8. Sadupakarmas. 9. Pancakarma. 10. Patients Unsuited for Samsodhana. 11. Metallurgy and Healing. 12. Loha (Metal). 13. Ariloha and Dhalana. 14. Metallic Immune Booster. 15. Churning of the Milky Ocean / Sagar Manthan. 16. Visha (Toxins). 17. Visha as Antidote. 18. Signs of Visha. 19. Visha as Medicine. 20. Caste of Visha. 21. Smake Venom. Part 2. Workshop, Equipment, Method and Apparatus. 1. Rasashala (Pharmacy/Alchemical Workshop). 2. Sighting of the Workshop. 3. Sarpa / Snakes. 4. Modern Interpretations. 5. Celestial Considerations. 6. Final Note. 7. Alchemist and Apprentice. 8. Samudrik Shastra. 9. Hast Rekha Shastra. 10. Shodhana / Purification. 11. Testing of Alchemical Preparations. 12. Mercury (A Special Case). 13. Khalwa Yantra (Pestle and Mortar). 14. Automation (Man vs. Machine). 15. Mediums used for Bhavana. 16. Marana / Calcination. 17. Puta Paka (Temperature). 18. Pisti (Anagnitapta Bhasma). 19. Anupana - Vehicle of Delivery. Part 3. Materials, Formula and Processing. 1. Catalogue of Materials and their Use. 2. Mercury. 3. Origins of Mercury and its Impurities. 4. Transmutation of Base Metals. 5. Extraction of Mercury from Cinnabar. 6. Ancient Sources of Mercury. 7. Common Purification of Mercury. 8. Kajjali / Black Sulphide of Mercury. 9. Rasa Parpati. 10. Makara Dwaja / Mercuric Sulphide. 11. XRD - Makara Dwaja. 12. Mercury - Planet and Metal. 13. Hingula / Cinnabar. 14. Purification of Cinnabar. 15. Hingula / Cinnabar - XRD. 16. Preparation of Kushta Sangraf. 17. Summing Up and Dangers of Mercury. 18. Minerals. 19. Sulphur. 20. Bitumen. 21. Arsenic Trisulphide. 22. Rasa Maanikya. 23. Metals. 24. Copper. 25. Tin. 26. Zinc. 27. Gemstones. 28. Diamond. 29. Red Agate. 30. Blue Sapphire. 31. Animal Products. 32. Deer Horn. 33. Pearl. 34. Peacock Feather. 35. Visha - Plants. 36. Datura. 37. Aconite. 38. Bhallataka / Bhilawan Nut. 39. Rasa Formulae. 40. Rasa Shastra in Therapy. 41. Research into Rasa. 42. JAMA (The Journal of American Medicine). Part 4. Celestial Connections. 1. Visit to a Sri Lankan Shaman. 2. Jyotish - The Science of Light. 3. Applying Jyotish. 4. Ayanamsa - 00.00 Aries. 5. Applying Ayanamsa. 6. Story of the Kalapurusha / Medical Astrology. 7. Health in the Zodiac. 8. Planet / Sign Rulership. 9. Element, Dosha and Karma. 10. Orientation, Strength and Disposition of Signs. 11. Introduction to the Graha / Planets. 12. Surya / Sun. 13. Chandra / Moon. 14. Buddha / Mercury. 15. Kuja / Mars. 16. Shukra / Venus. 17. Guru / Jupiter. 18. Shani / Saturn. 19. Rahu & Ketu. 20. Mandi (Upagraha). 21. Friendships, Enmity and Neutrality of Planets. 22. Propitiation - Pacifying the Graha. 23. Planetary Gemstones. 24. Nava Ratna. 25. Yagyas, Yantra and Astrological Talisman. 26. Houses and Signs. 27. The Signs. 28. The Houses. 29. Special Houses. 30. The 27 Nakshatra. 31. Soma, Moon and Nakshatra. 32. Medical Nakshatra. 33. Directing Outcomes - The Demon King of Lanka. 34. Jyotish and Rasa Shastra. 35. Summing Up. Appendix 1. Classification of Materials in Rasa Shastra. Appendix 2. Types of Iron. Appendix 3. Quick Reference for Rasa Materials. Appendix 4. Nyu Mountain. Appendix 5. The Moon Transits through Rohini Nakshatra. Appendix 6. Western Alchemical Tradition. Appendix 7. Sir Isaac Newton - Scientist or Heretic. About the Author. Bibliography. Index.