By Prof. Vd Rangaprasad Bhat.
The water stored in the vessels prepared from hema (gold), Trapusha (tin), ghosha paatra (brass), tamra (copper), pittala (brass), loha (iron), madhūdumbara (from wood sap of Ficus religiosa) and mud are mentioned to have medicinal properties as could be seen from the following references of the Ayurveda mahodadhi written by Vaidya Sushena.
Bhajana adhivasa vidhi: adhyaya from Ayurveda Mahodadhu of Sushena:
Ayurveda Mahodadhi, Sushena – Bhaja Adhiavasa Vidhi Adhyaya 1-13
Water in golden vessel
The water stored in a golden vessel is cold in potency;
Sweet in taste, Madhura Vipaka – sweet taste conversion after digestion.
Tridosha Shamana – balances all the three Doshas.
Veeryakara – improves immunity, fertility and potency
Balakara – improves strength and immunity
Medhakara – improves intelligence
Shubha – auspicious, good.
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Water stored in tin vessel
Water stored in tin vessel (Trapusa):
Picchila – sticky
Madhura – sweet
Increases Kapha Dosha
Increases the bulk of feces and urine.
Water stored in brass vessel
The metal used to prepare bell producing the sound is getting referred as Ghosha Patra – brass.
The water stored in a brass vessel is
Katu – Pungent in taste and Vipaka.
Guru – heavy
Increases Kapha and Pitta Dosha.
Increases strength and immunity, when used for a longer period of time. |3|
The stream of water made into contact with hot knife
Causes cold in regions around and above the nose (ghrāṇopari). When sprinkled over eyes, the thus obtained milk controls the Tridoshas (affecting the eyes). |4|
Water stored in copper vessel
The water stored in a copper vessel (tāmra bhājana)
Ushna – hot potency
Swadu – sweet
Katu – slightly pungent.
Katu vipaka – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
It increases Pitat and Vata Dosha.
Decreases quantity of feces and flatus. |5|
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A kind of pittala or brass is known as Reetika:
Water boiled in rittikā vessel
Katu – spicy, pungent
Decreases Kapha Dosha.
increases the pitta.
Being hot in potency and kaTu in vipaka,
It may increase meha roga (an urinary disease). |6|
Water in iron vessel
The water stored in a iron vessel (lohabhājan-saṃsthaṃ) is spoiled (Dushita) and is unfit for drinking purpose.
Still if consumed, it results in raktapitta, itching and diminished agni. |7|
The water heated or boiled in a iron vessel (lohabhājan- saṃtaptaṃ) when partaken results in itching and low agni (low digestion) and purges the malas (malānām recane) and cleanses stomach (Amashaya kshalana) |8|
The water heated over the vessel prepared from the wood of udumbara – Ficus racemosa tree (madhūdumbara-pātreṇa tāpitam) is ideal for the body. It increases the luster of the body and alleviates the pitta too. |9|
Water heated in earthern vessel
The water heated over an earthern vessel
Useful to cleanse out waste products (malas)
Dhatu Samyakara – balances Doshas and body tissues.
Improves Veerya – potency
Bala Ojaskara – improves immunity and strength |10 |
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