Rasa Shastra

The Ayurvedic Art of Medicine Making and Alchemy

By (author) Andrew Mason

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  • Publisher : Aeon Books
  • Published : May 2024
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 520
  • Size : 190mm(w) x 245mm(h)
  • Catalogue No : 95241
  • ISBN 13 : 9781801521130
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The quintessential guide to an ancient Indian tradition of healing and alchemy.

In this revised and expanded edition of his seminal text, Andrew Mason explores the branch of Ayurveda, involving the traditional ancient Indian medicine called Rasa Shastra in which various metals, minerals and other substances are purified and combined with herbs to treat illnesses.

Based on years of observation and practice in Sri Lanka, Mason offers a detailed exploration of this medicinal purification practice that seeks 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.

The new edition of Rasa Shastra includes a reformatting of tables; revaluating the processing and utilisation of materials; a comprehensive account of the purification process in the section on Parada; a new ‘Essentials in the Pharmacy’ sections’; an expanded ‘materials’ section with a comprehensive section on Lavana and important types of salt; additional plants, such as Langali; and an enriched ‘Materials’ chapter.

About the author

By (author) Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason currently lives in the UK but lectures worldwide. Having completed his training in A¯yurveda and Rasa Sha¯stra he now focuses his energies on cataloguing the practices of ancient medical systems, particularly those deeply aligned with herbo-metallic- mineral preparations. To date he has produced four volumes of work detailing some of these techniques. Each of these volumes gives a unique glimpse into the ancient practice of Rasa Sha¯stra, rarely seen outside of India or Sri Lanka.

For more information please visit the author’s website.

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