Ayurvedic Alchemy – Rasa Shastra

The word ‘Rasa’ denotes life. Rasa Shastra teaches us how to promote, heal and uplift our life by using the natural resources given to us by mother earth. Ayurvedic Alchemy includes the study of metallic substances, compound minerals, saline substances, natural stones, natural clays, animal products, and sea products, etc. Students will gain the historical and philosophical nature of Alchemy for the enhancement of educational purposes only.

Metallic Substances: This group includes malleable metals such as gold, silver, copper, iron, lead, tin etc. and their uses as per Ayurveda. Then, we will learn about brittle metals such as zinc and arsenic and will dive in-depth knowledge about Mercury and Sulphur. Mercury was a highly favored metal from the Renaissance and beyond, while Sulphur was a persistent ingredient in nearly all the metallic preparations containing mercury.

Compound Minerals: This group includes Alum, Abhrak (Mica), Dagdi Hingolo (Red Sulfide of Mercury), etc. These are minerals which are in combination or aggregation with one another.

Saline Substances: This group includes numerous salts and alkaline preparations.

Natural Stones: These are preparations of lime, or of the calcareous family such as limestone, etc.

Natural Clays: The study of medicinal substances which may be enumerated from different clays.

Animal Products: In this group, we will learn about insects, milk, bile, honey etc. which are derived from animals and used in Ayurvedic medicines.

Sea Products: Conch Shell, Cowry Shell, pearl, coral etc. and their medicinal value in various Ayurvedic compounds.

Dates: Schedule Posted Here!

Instructor: Dr. Bharat Vaidya

Price: $1120 in Total for both Sessions (Full Payment of $1120, Two Payments of $560 or Four Payments of $280)

Class format:  In-person in Superior, Colorado near Boulder

Credits: 4 Credits

Text Book(s)/Notes: Students will receive PowerPoint notes prior to class


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