Manikya Ras is an Ayurvedic medicine useful in treating various diseases due to vitiation of vata and kapha. It is useful formulation in treating skin diseases, cough, and respiratory diseases. The name of medicine is misnomer as it does not contain Rasa or Manikya. Due to colour resemblance with ruby, this medicine is named so.
Manikya Ras is prepared by heating powder of Shuddha Haratala placed in between Abharaka Patra (mica sheets). Haratala is Orpiment, which is a deep orange-yellow colour sulphide of arsenic, with formula As2S3. Haratal is found in volcanic fumaroles, low temperature hydrothermal veins, and hot springs. It is used in medicine preparation after proper purification.
Key Ingredients of Manikya Ras
Shuddha Haratala – Purified and processed Orpiment (Arsenic tri sulphide)
Shuddha Gandhaka – Herbal purified Sulphur
Manashila – Purified and processed Realgar (Arsenic di sulphide)
Shuddha Parada – Herbal purified Mercury
Naga Bhasma – Lead Calx
Tamra Bhasma – Bhasma prepared from Copper
Abhraka Bhasma – Purified and processed Mica
Loha Bhasma – Bhasma prepared from Iron
Vataksheera – Latex of Nyagrodha – Ficus bengalensis
Kashaya of Nimba – Neem – Azadirachta indica
Guduchi – Indian Tinospora (stem) – Tinospora cordifolia
Hrivera – Pavonia odorata
Tala – Borassus flabellifer
Vanari -Atmagupta – Velvet Bean (seed) – Mucuna pruriens
Shobhanjana – seeds of Shigru – Moringa oleifera
Ajaji – Cuminum cyminum
Nirgundi – Vitex negundo
Karavira – Nerium indicum
Uses of Manikya Ras
Skin ailments, leucoderma/vitiligo
Shwasa (Dyspnoea), Bronchial Asthma
Nadi Vrana (Chronic wounds)
Phirana Roga (Syphillis)
Benefits of Manikya Ras
It balances excessive Vata and Kapha inside body.
It gives relief in fever due to vitiation of Vata and Kapha.
It is effective in difficult breathing, asthma, and excessive phlegm.
It is indicated in treatment of several chronic skin diseases such as leprosy, difficult to heal wounds, pus filled boils, excessive dryness of skin, rashes, eczema, leukoderma etc.
It reduces Vata inside body and gives relief in Amavata, Vatarakt / Gout and other nervous system disorders.
1 or 2 Tablet once or twice a day, before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is advised along with cold water or milk.