Chandrakanta (Moon Stone): Qualities, Shodhana, Marana, Dose

Chandrakanta is a type of Sphatika. It yields water if kept under Moon light. T is a compound of Sodium, Aluminium, Silica and Oxygen. Relative density is 2.5 and hardness is 6.

Synonyms of Chandrakant

Chandrakanta, Sheetaashma, Chandramani, Shashikanta, Sosrvopala, Chandropala

Availability

Lanka and Myanmar.

Suitable characters

स्निग्धं शीतं पीतमत्रासमन्तर्धत्ते चित्ते स्वच्छतां यन्मुनीनाम ।
यच्च स्रावं याति चन्द्रांशुसड्गाज्जात्यं रत्नं चन्द्रकान्ताख्यमेतत ॥ (आ.प्र.५/१४४)
snigdhaṃ śītaṃ pītamatrāsamantardhatte citte svacchatāṃ yanmunīnāma |
yacca srāvaṃ yāti candrāṃśusaḍgājjātyaṃ ratnaṃ candrakāntākhyametata || (ā.pra.5/144)

Grahya lakshanas – Unctuous, cold, yellow colour, clear, devoid of Grahadosha, which yields water on exposure to moon light is suitable for use.

Qualities of Chandrakanta

चन्द्रकान्तोऽतिशिशिरः स्निग्धः पित्तापहः परम ।
रक्तपित्तप्रशमनस्तथा दाहनिषूदनः ॥ (र.त.२३/१८९)
candrakānto’tiśiśiraḥ snigdhaḥ pittāpahaḥ parama |
raktapittapraśamanastathā dāhaniṣūdanaḥ || (ra.ta.23/189)

Sheeta veerya, Unctuous, good for heart, relieves burning sensation, Pitta disorders such as Raktapitta.

Shodhana of Chandrakant

Kshara / Amla swedana for 3 hours.
Read more about Shodhana procedure here

Marana

It is added with equal parts of Gandha,a Haratala and manashila, given Bhavana with Nimbuswarasa, chakrikas are preared and subjected to 3 – 4 Puta heat.
Read more about Puta Prakarana of Rasashastra here

Dose

½  – 1 Ratti (62.5 mg to 125 mg) in divided doses per day.

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