Lohasava – Uses, Dose, Side Effects and Ingredients

Lohasava is an Ayurvedic medicine for Anemia. It is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine.It contains naturally processed Iron.
Lohasava contains 4 – 10 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.

Reference:  Sharangdhara Samhita ma. 10/34-38

Lohasav dose: 12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.

Lohasavam uses – Lohasava is used as Ayurvedic medicine for Anemia. Apart from anemia, lohasava is also used in the treatment of swelling, inflammation, liver and spleen conditions, itching, cough, fistula, certain digestive diseases.
Traditional uses:
Vahnikaram param – very useful to improve digestion strength and metabolism.
Pandu – useful medicine for anemia.
Shvayathu – useful in many inflammatory conditions
Gulma – useful in abdominal tumors, distension
Jatara Ruja – useful to relieve abdominal colic.
Arshas Ruja – relieves pain and inflammation of piles
Kushta – used extensively in treatment of many skin disorders
Pleeha – useful in splenomegaly
Kandu – useful in pruritis, itching
Kasa – useful in cough, cold
Shvasa – useful in wheezing, asthma
Bhagandhara – useful in fistula in ano.
Arochaka – useful in anorexia
Grahani – malabsorption syndrome, IBS
Hrudroga – cardiac disorder, arrhythmia.

Lohasav side effects: Lohasava contains Iron. Accidental overdose in children below 6 may cause fatal poisoning symptoms. Lohasava should always be taken under medical supervision and preferably after food. High dose in adults may cause gastritis and vomitting.

Lohasava ingredients:
Shodhita Loha (Purified, herbal processed Iron) – 192 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 192 g
Black pepper – Piper nigrum – Fruit – 192 g
Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit – 192 g
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit rind – 192 g
Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellierica) – Fruit rind – 192 g
Amla – Indian Gooseberry – Emblica officinalis – Fruit – 192 g
Yavani (Trachyspermum ammi) – Fruit – 192 g
Vidanga (Embelia ribes) – Fruit – 192 g
Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus) – Rhizome – 192 g
Chitra – Eranda (Ricinus communis) – Root – 192 g
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – Flower – 960 g
Honey – 3.072 kg
Jaggery – 4.8 kg
Water – 24.576 liters.

Method of manufacturing:
All the herbs are taken in coarse powder form. First, jaggery is mixed with water, dissolved and filtered for waste particles. It is added with rest of the ingredients, and kept for fermentation, in a clean air tight vessel. After fermentation completion, the contents are filtered and the obtained liquid is Lohasava.

Traditional reference: 

Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Accidental over-dosage in children may lead to sever side effects. Hence, must be avoided.

Pregnancy and lactation –
During pregnancy it is best to take only under medical supervision. Self medication during pregnancy should be avoided.
It can be taken during lactation period, under doctor’s advice, for a short period of time.
Manufacturers: Zandu, Sandu, Dabur, Baidyanath, Arya Vaidya Sala, AVP.
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. amritha says:

    is it reduce fat?or weight loss?

  2. is lohasav save during pregnancy

  3. my doctor recommended 4 tbp of lohasav n 4 tbs of punarnava together, mixed with equal quatity of lukewarm water 15 min aftr mrning and evening meal….
    is the quantity okay ? and not overdose?

    • Hi, the dose looks fine. Please go ahead with it.
      Note that the dose suggested in my article or on the label is just an indication. The doctor’s decision is what matters the most.

  4. Hi, I have been having this tonic for 2 weeks, and I have noticed that my teeth enamel is getting dark. I checked online and some websites say that Iron tonics erode the teeth enamel. Is that true? If yes, is there any supplement that i should take to protect my teeth. Thanks.

  5. Since one has to be careful with taking iron supplements, here are a few suggestions to improve iron:

    Beet soup (it should show results within 3-4 weeks).
    Juice of: beet, amla and spinach
    Apple, or apple juice.
    Dates are excellent for iron. Can be soaked in water (along with figs…), and boiled in milk in morning.
    And leafy vegetables like spinach for sure.
    I also read that Ashwagandha has iron – please verify this information though.

  6. forgot to check ‘notify’ box previous time…

  7. How about side effects , is it okay to take before pregnancy and during pregnancy?

  8. Dr. Which Ayurvedic medicine is usefull to gain weight ? i want to put on weight .

  9. Hello Dr. how much i need to take reduce weight and how it would take

  10. how will it help in reducing weight and is there any other medicine I can take to reduce weight

    • Hi, Loha (Iron) used in this medicine helps to correct fat metabolism. (in Ayurvedic terms, correction of Medo Dhatu Agni). Also, Musta, Triphala, Vidanga, which are ingredients of this medicine are also widely used in many anti obesity Ayurveda products. So, it helps.
      Whether it suits you or not? – There are good chances. But please consult your Ayurveda doctor in person.

  11. Hi, How much does should be given to a 10 year old?

    • In children, Lohasavam should be taken only if the doctor has prescribed it. Regular dose for a 10 year old is – one teaspoon 2 times a day, after food.
      Avoid over-dosage.

  12. Dr. can i take Lohasava when on periods

  13. Jyotsna says:

    Is Lohasavam good for osteoporosis with Low back strain often. I am taking it along with Balaarishtam twice a day and Gandha tailam at night. How long does it take generally before I feel better.

  14. 10 years from the date of manufacture.is it currect dr?

  15. Can I use it for life long as I am finding very positive effects of Loh

  16. Hello Dr , I have been taking lohasavam for two months now , 15 ml per day after food . I had bold tests yesterday and my iron is low at 7 , the brand is good arya avidya sala , any idea why it’s not effective for me ?

  17. I have re-occurrent boils due to staph bacteria infection. I also have itching on my lower body, shoulders ears and thorat form longtime . Doc says my immunity is low, and advised me to take Iron supplements (English medicine) but it didnt suit me.
    Can i take lohasatva???

  18. My doctor prescribed me this 30ml 2 times a day. After 3 months , when I checked my Hb level reached 13. So I stopped it and after 20 days i again felt bad. When I checked Hb level it fall down to 7.6. What should I do? Should I take it again or take some other medicine

    • Hi, it appears, you will need this medicine for at least 5 – 6 months of time. You will have to reduce the dose very gradually rather than stopping it abruptly. Please consult your doctor.

  19. SUNIL GUPTA says:


  20. I have grade 1 Fatty liver. Please advise can i take this in my situation?

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