(Last Updated on : 15/02/2017)
Borax was known to the ancient Hindus
from a very remote period, and is mentioned by Sushruta
. It is brought from Tibet across the Himalaya
, and from Nepal, and is used in medicine
as well as in the arts
Processing of Borax
Borax is purified for medicinal use by being steeped for a night in Kanjika
and dried in the sun.
Benefits of Borax
Borax is said to be useful in loss of appetite, painful dyspepsia
, skin diseases
. It is also used for procuring abortion and promoting uterine contractions.
Dose of Borax in Medicine
Borax enters into the composition of numerous formulae for dyspepsia, such as the Amritakalpa Rasa, Tankanadi Vati
: Take mercury
and aconite, 1 part each, borax 3 parts, soak them for 3 days in the juice of Weaelia calendulacea
) and make into 2 grain pills. This medicine is said to be useful in loss of appetite, indigestion
and dyspepsia. Tankanadi Vati
contains the above ingredients with the addition of ginger
and black pepper
, all in equal parts.
: Take three myrobalans, ginger, long pepper
and black pepper, Chavica officinarum
seeds and rock salt
, each 1 tola, and rub them together with goats milk. Then add mercury, sulphur and iron
, each 2 tolas, borax 8 tolas and black pepper 4 tolas, all in fine powder, mix and make into pills or boluses about 18 grains pill. They are administered with goats milk in chronic bronchitis
and various sorts of cough with copious expectoration. Along with these pills a decoction made of gulancha
, Adhatoda vasica
), Clerodendron Siphonanthus
(brahmayashti), Cyperus rotundus
), and Solanum Jacquinii
) should be administered.
Borax enters into the composition of several prescriptions for diarrhoea, along with opium
, such as the Grahanikapata rasa
and Nripavallava rasa
A mixture of equal parts of borax, long pepper and baberang
seeds is given for 5 days, at the menstrual periods for the purpose of preventing conception. It is also used for procuring abortion and inducing labour pains. Borax rubbed into a paste with the root of Vallaris dichotoma
(bhadravalli) is applied to diseased nails.