Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: Old substances, new understandings: Iron tonics and the roots of ayurvedic iatrochemistry

Between the ninth and elevnth centuries CE, the Sanskrit medical texts began to record profound changes in the methods used for drug manufacture. New substances, such as heavy metals and mineral poisons were added to the ayurvedic pharmacopoiea or were given new prominence. More significantly, however, new ways of processing raw materials adopted from the emerging alchemical discipline were introduced. These procedures were thought to make substances both fit for medical use and at the same time to heighten the substances’ potency.


Alchemy in Daoism and Haṭha Yoga - discussion with Professor Louis Komjathy (University of San Diego) and Dr James Mallinson (SOAS)

6pm Friday 29 March
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London
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Chaired by Suzanne Newcombe (Open University and Inform, KCL). Followed by a drinks reception.

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