(Last Updated on : 07/02/2017)
Arsenic is a metallic element found in nature at low levels mostly in compounds with oxygen, chlorine and sulphur. Three compounds of arsenic are used in Hindu medicine
, namely, arsenious anhydride or white arsenic, red sulphide of arsenic or realgar and the yellow sulphide or orpiment. Of these three, orpiment and realgar have been used in medicine from a very remote period, and are indigenous to India. In the Bhavaprakasa and the Tantras
, it is recommended as a powerful medicine for fever
and is now much used as such.
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