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The Ugly Duckling at Book library Bangalore

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Published by Punarnava Ayurveda
It was so lovely out in the country. It was summer. The rye was yellow, the oats green, the hay had been gathered in stacks down in the green meadows. That's where the stork was walking around on his long red legs, speaking Egyptian, because that was the language he had learned from his mother
It was so lovely out in the country. It was summer. The rye was yellow, the oats green, the hay had been gathered in stacks down in the green meadows. That's where the stork was walking around on his long red legs, speaking Egyptian, because that was the language he had learned from his mother

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METALS & AYURVEDAMETALS & AYURVEDAMETALS & AYURVEDAMETALS & AYURVEDA
PUNARNAVA AYURVEDAPUNARNAVA AYURVEDAPUNARNAVA AYURVEDAPUNARNAVA AYURVEDAwww.punarnavawww.punarnavawww.punarnavawww.punarnava----ayurveda.comayurveda.comayurveda.comayurveda.com
 
Basics
: A verse in
aSTAGgahRdayam
introduces the whole world as a pharmacopoeia that rests onthe applicatory acumen of the physician. It says that there is nothing in this world, not even sandand dust, that is non-medicinal. This concept is rooted in the understanding of the constitutionalmake-up of everything that is “being”, as caused by the five great Elements. The body, the plants,the metals and the minerals are all made of these in proportional variations.Thus we see good physicians using plants, precious stones and cow’s urine with equal regard andefficacy. There is only one category of things that is available in the world –that is medicinal.Metals, like plants, thus become part of Ayurveda pharmacopoeia.
Logic:
Paracelsus,aSwissphysician,saidinthe16
th
century:“Therightdosedifferentiates betweenapoisonandaremedy”.Ayurvedatooadvocatesthesameaproperlyusedpoisonactsasambrosiaandimproperly-usedambrosiaactsasapoison.Inthecontextofmercury,itistoldthatapuresamplekillsdeathandfever,whileanimpureoneispoisonous.Proceduresarethenexplainedtomakeanimpuresamplepureandfittobeusedasamedicine.Thepharmacologicalinformationdidnotjustendwiththesayingthateverythingintheworldismedicinal.Italsocoveredtheprocedurestomaketoxicthingsnotonlynon-toxic,butalsomedicinallypotent.
 
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.
Elaborate
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.

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