| Iron has been an integral part of all human activities from time immemorial. Be it for the making of weapons like bow and arrow or for the making of tools to be used for farming or other activities like building homes. The most important here have been the numerous mentions of this dhatu being used in metallurgy (Rasayan Shastra). Again when mixed with Surya Prana it has tremendous healing properties.
Iron is of three types
· Munda, one which is used for making of the tools used in agriculture
· Teekshna, one which is extremely hard and doesn’t break, hence it is used for making weapons
· Kaant: This is the type of iron which finds mention in Rasayana Shastra and is therefore widely used as an ingredient in the indigenous medicines.
Pure iron is used as an astringent, bitter in taste, cool in potency but is a mildly hot rejuvenator, aphrodisiac, prolongs life (aayu vardhak), one which kindles the digestive fire (agnideepak) and smooth (snigdha). It also increases the haemoglobin content of the body.
Take an iron utensil filled with fresh water and keep it in the sun for 1-2 hours to let it absorb the Surya Prana. The water absorbs the properties of iron along with the surya prana and this water when taken on a regular basis is extremely effective in curing diseases caused by Vaata, Pitta, and Kapha (Tridosh), diabetes, fissures, ama, piles, abdominal diseases, spleen and liver disorders, anaemia, weakness, intestinal worms and other stomach and skin disorders, and fever.
It is extremely useful to people suffering from fatigue, tiredness and weakness and is a very good strength builder.
But once again we should remember to use only pure iron utensils because using an impure one results in ama, causing problems in the stomach resulting in indigestion, swelling, diaorrhea, lethargy etc. That is to say that it creates disease rather than curing them, hence the importance of purity of dhatu.