EthicsEthicsEthicsEthics:::: Metals also had lot of mythological significance – gold is considered as the semenof God of Fire, silver as the tears and mercury as the semen of Lord Siva, sulphur as themenstrual blood of Goddess Parvati. This belief, strong in the practitioner, makes himessentially truthful and righteous in preparing and practicing this style of Ayurveda. A flaw inthe processing or prescription is believed to bring ill-effect not only to the patient and thephysician’s fame, but also to his/her future generations. This worked more like a qualitycontrol measure of spiritual dimension.PracticePracticePracticePractice:::: Out of the 23 heavy metals, Ayurveda uses arsenic, copper, gold, iron, lead, mercury, andzinc commonly.
procedures- like the general and specific purification processes,incineration processing and biologization - are mentioned in the texts to make them pure, edible andhaving enhanced potency. Mercury, for example, undergoes eight levels of processing, lasting forweeks, before it qualifies as a medicinally useful one. The final product, bhasma in dust form,undergoes further stringent quality check. This includes checking the particle size and convertibilityto metal. Bhasma that is very fine, from which metal cannot be extracted by any means, whichensures complete conversion of the metal to a non-metal form only, is administered. Adaptations of modern technological help in these procedures ensure higher purity and quality.