2nd Day: In the next day morning he should perform the routine and auspicious rites; should sit down as before. When the Soma juice gets digested, it causes vomiting of blood and worms. In the evening, he should take boiled cooled milk and rest as usual.
3rd Day: He would get a loose motion with worms which would make him free from impurities accumulated due to errors of his previous diet and conduct; thus making his body well cleansed. He should take milk after a bath in the evening and rests as before.
4th to 6th Day: Swelling appearance of the body and the worms come out from all parts of his body are the characteristics of the day. His bed should be on strewn over with sand covered by a silken cloth and his diet is milk as before; but enhanced to twice daily;
7th Day: The person becomes completely fatigued due to excess wastage of muscles and reduced to a skeletal appearance. However, he continues to respire due to impact of Soma as claimed. Along with milk diet his body should be sprinkled over with warm milk followed by anointing with a paste of Sesamum indicum – Rasi /Til, Madhuka indica – Mahua flower and Santalum album – Sandalwood.
8th Day: Activities are same as the 7th day like milk bath and application of pastes. He should leave the bed of sand by changing to a bed covered with silk cloth. Later his muscles resume strength, his skin gets desquamated and his teeth, hairs and nails began to shed off.
9th to 18th Day: His body should be massaged with a herbal oil (Anutaila) and a bath with decoction of Soma Valka (may be any one of the following plants: Myrica sp., Milletia pinnata, Acacia nilotica and Sapindus trifoliatus - refer Padhy et al., 2001). Thence onwards his skin becomes firm with appearance of shining and enduring new teeth towards 17th / 18th Day.
19th to 29th Day: There will be a change in his diet as he should take gruel with milk and old Shali rice. During this time shining nails and glossy fine hairs will regenerate and the skin becomes lustrous.
30th to 50th Day: A hair cut (Mundana) in made on 30th day followed by application of paste made from sesum seeds (Sesamum indicum), Sandalwood (Santalum album) and Usira (Vetiveria zizanoides) on the head and bathed with milk. With in seven days stable, glossy and curly black hairs come up.
51st to 60th Day: For next 10 days he should live in the middle chamber.
61st to 70th Day: These 10 days he should remain in the outermost chamber and stabilize himself getting exposed to sun and wind a little and again entered to the central chamber (for rest). During this period he should not look at himself in the mirror or water. All these days he should control his senses, thoughts, avoid anger and remain with constructive spirit. This state will continue till he is released out of the chamber.
Final Exit: On the 4th months in a full moon day after performing the auspicious rites and worshiping the Brahmanas he should come out of the chamber.
Truthfully, the difficulties and risk of taking the Soma, its after care and the day to day progress after administration of the juice, as well the process of metamorphosis as depicted, is beyond the expectations of any therapy and a modern man can not have trust and patience to undergo such rigorous treatment. But, it must be admitted that the whole process described above is no less than the quarantine treatment of modern medical science.
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