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The most commonly used Sanskrit term for alchemy is rasāyana (the way of the rasas). However, whereas the canonical works of Hindu alchemy date from after the 9th century CE, the term rasāyana is attested in earlier nonalchemical sources. First among these are the foundational works of āyurveda, classical Indian medicine, which date from the first centuries of the Common Era. In these, rasāyana is a rejuvenation therapy that – combining clinical prac…

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White, David Gordon, “Rasāyana”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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