This workshop introduces the concepts of alchemical medicines and how they align with the science of Āyurveda (Traditional Indian healing system). Why use rasa medicines and what are their advantages and disadvantages over other alternatives.
The potency, stability and specificity of rasa medicines (they tend to
be potent and fast acting) make them an attractive alternative to
other medicine. They have a greatly extended shelf-life (in some cases
almost indefinite) and finally are recommended for specific conditions
where their actions are known to be highly effective in targeting
certain physical systems/pathways in the body ie: the water metabolism
system and its derangements such as diabetes etc.
Generally rasa materials can be broken down in four categories; these are: minerals, metals, gemstones and plants. Of these metals are the most complicated to process and reduce to fine oxidised powders, they require intense heating and protracted procedures, slowly integrating them with other materials such as plant juices and other previously prepared minerals.
Often the simplest and most easily converted materials are animal products such as deer horn, pearls, various types of shells and some plant extracts or seeds. Many can be prepared as simple ingredients in a number of days, in some cases even hours
1. Introduction to Rasa Shastra (Vedic Alchemy)
2. Concepts of Health in Ayurveda, why use Rasa medicines
3. Materials (minerals, metals, gemstones, animal products and plants)
4. Bhasma Vs Pisti
5. Three levels of processing (bhavana/reduction, shodhana/trituration and marana/calcination)
6. Rasa Shastra equipment/s (yantra)
7. Health and safety when working with Rasa materials
1. Ghee Clarified Butter
2. Triphala Decoction (3 fruits)
3. Mrga Srnga / Deer Horn
4. Shilajit / Bitumen
5. Guggulu Resin / Camphoria mukkul
6. Kapardika / Cowrie Shells
7. Mukta / Pearls
8. Sukti / Mother of Pearl Shell)
9. Shankha / Conch Shells
10. Kukkutanda / Egg Shells
11. Rakta Pashana / Red Ochre Fe02
This introductory workshop seeks to identify various rasa materials, their use, availability and practical applications. Over the two days this hands-on workshop will be actively engaged in reproducing these time honoured remedies in accordance with prescribed methods still used in both India and Sri Lanka.
The workshop will be led by Adrew Mason, Author of: "Rasa Shastra: The Hidden Art of Medical Alchemy", 2014.
|Date:||August (inquire for exact date)|
|Duration:||3 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)|
|Seats:||maximum number of students is 10|
|Location:||Utrecht, the Netherlands|
|Info and enrollment:||contact us here|
Workshops are both informative and interactive, but above all very practical. Participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves by getting first hand experience of preparing these ancient remedies, so suitable clothing/footwear is recommended.