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Author: Vaidya Yadavaji Trikamaji Acarya
Translator(s): Damodar Joshi/G Prabhakara Rao
Publisher: Chaukhambha Orientalia
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186937005
Rasamritam is a most important and popular text of Rasasastra written by Late vaidya Sri Yadavaji Trikamaji-Acarya of Bombay in 20th century AD.
This work is an English translation of Hindi classic on the subject of Rasasastra. Rasasastra is composed of two words Rasa and Sastra. In general the word Rasa represents many things. However, in this context, it might have been used for two meaning. The first meaning of Rasa is an absorbable form of drug and the second, means Mercury which is also in liquid form at room temperature and which possesses the capacity to make the other metals to be soluble or dissolvable in it and to make these similar to it in liquid Rasa form.
The word Sastra means the science or the knowledge. Thus the technical term Rasasastra means the science or the knowledge which may teach to convert the drugs, irrespective of their nature in Rasa like form. Hence Rasasastra is a pharmaceutical science of Ayurveda or it is an Ayurvedic pharmaceutics and as such it deals mainly with the drugs of mineral origin, their varieties, characteristics, processing techniques, properties and the therapeutic uses along with the descriptions of apparatuses, different kinds of furnaces, heating devices and heating . It classifies the drugs of mineral origin.
Sri Yadavaji has written it in the light of modern scientific knowledge and had made it most useful as a text and reference book of Rasasastra for the students, the vaidyas and the modern scholars by indulging necessary Ayurvedic as well as modern scientific knowledge in it and also the contemporary knowledge of other medicinal branches also like unani and modern medicine etc.
The method of description -While describing a drug various names of drugs in different languages have been given along with Sanskrit, Hindi and English names. It has been followed with a brief description of drug, its properties, general and specific sodhana and marana methods, doses, and method of uses. In this way this text has been made most useful for the students, physicians and research workers in the field of Ayurveda.
LAVANA KSARA VIJNANIYAM
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