Dr. Vimal Joshi completed M.D. (Ayu.) in the
department of RS & BK in year 2006 from Gujarat
Ayurved University, Jamnagar. He has wide
knowledge of making formulations and teaching the
practical's of RS &BK to students. This book is written
as per new syllabus of CCIM with the aim to clarify
the practical concepts in the subject. Presently he is
working as a Pharmacy superintendent at Pharmacy
department of Gujarat Ayurved University, Jatnnagar.
Dr. M.R. Pandya completed M.D: (Ayurved) in
RS & BK subject from Rajasthan University, Jaipur in
year 1982. He has more than 30 years of teaching
experience in RS & BK subject and has given practical
knowledge of the subject to various students. He has 22
years N.S.S. activity as a programme officer at state
and national level since 1985. At present, he is
working as a lecturer in RS & BK Department at
Government Ayurved College, Vadodara, Gujarat.
Dr. Charmi S. Mehta has done Ph.D. in the
Subject of Kayachikitsa in year 2009 from Gujarat
Ayurved University, Jamnagar. She had also received
gold medal in the subject during her postgraduation.
Presently she is working as a resident medical officer
at Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Chikitsalaya,
Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.
I enjoyed the opportunity of giving
through the Practical monograph' 'Practical
Book of Rasa Shastra" Written by Dr. Vimal
R. Joshi & Dr. Charmi S. Mehta a noted
scholar and activist in the field of Rasa Shastra
& Kayachikitsa. This book is an invaluable
publication on the Practical work of Rasa
Shastra which is most important branch of
Ayurvedic System of Medicine. The monograph exhibits a rare /
blend of Shastra and Science. It discusses all the practical's of
Rasa Shastra which is more beneficial for Ayurvedic students
and manufacturer of Ayurvedic drugs.
Rasa Shastra is a most important and popular branch of
Ayurveda developed in medieval period i.e. 8th/9th conti A.D.
and onwards. It deals with the knowledge related to Alchemy
and Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics specially connected to the drugs
of mineral origin with a view to remove poverty from the world
in general. Rasa therapy also used for strengthen the body tissues
and the organs of the mankind and also to prevent their ageing
It may also be noted here that development of/
pharmaceutical technology started from the time of Caraka
Samhita as in this text a few important fundamentals of
Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics found referred to viz. "The
Samskarohi Gunantardhanum is very very important. It means
the new or altered properties may be induced in the drugs
through the samskar (Pharmaceutical process or operation)"
For this following procedure/factors may be responsible eg.
a. ray Sannikarsa (close-contact of drugs with diff. liquids)
b. Agnisannikarsa (contact of drugs with various type
c. Toyagni sannikarsa (contact of drugs with both liquids
d. Shauca (Purification / Detoxification)
e. Manthana/Mardana (Churning and Grinding Disintegration
f. Bhavana (Trituration/Grinding with the same of different
types of liquids) extractives.
I feel immense pleasure to know that
\ Dr. Vimal R. Joshi & Dr. Charmi S. Mehta
\ Gujarat Ayurvedic University Jamnagar,
Gujarat has written a book entitled 'Practical
Book of Rasa-Shastra' which is great
contribution in the field of Ayurveda and
manufacturer of Ayruvedic drugs. This book
shows the academic enthusiasm of Dr. Vimal
R. Joshi & Dr. Charmi, S. Mehta who search out all the related
literature of the subject and also write-down the scientific
applied aspect of Rasa Shastra & Bhaisajya Kalpana.
Rasa Shastra & Bhaisajya Kalpana deals the shodhana
& Samskar process in detail. Shodhana process are very
benefical for the convert of heavy metal into nano partical and
poisonous effect converted in to Amrita (Life saving drugs).
This book definitely full fills this requirement by providing literature in lucid form which will be easy to understand for
reader & students for more clarity of the subject.
I pray "Lord Shiva" for the better future of Dr. Virnal
R. Joshi & Dr. Charmi S. Mehta may they continue such creative activity in future also for the enhancement of Ayurvedic
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