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Tankan Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients

Tankan Bhasma is a special Ayurvedic medicine prepared from Borax. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of lack of menstruation, cough, bronchitis etc. It is also used as ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. 

Tankan Bhasma uses: 
It is pungent in taste, hot in nature.
It is good for heart, useful in Vata imbalance diseases.
It is used in the treatment of productive cough, bronchitis, wheezing, asthma, chest congestion,
It is used in treating food poisoning, abdominal colic pain.
It improves digestion power, relieves bloating.
It induces menstruation in women suffering with amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea (Scanty menstrual flow). It helps to improve menstrual flow. Hence, it is an important ingredient in Raja pravartini vati – an Ayurvedic medicine used for treating secondary amenorrhea.

Tankan Bhasma for hair: 
It is applied to hair, left for 5 – 10 minutes, and then washed off. It is useful in dandruff.
A teaspoon of Tankana Bhasam is mixed with 30 ml of sesame oil / coconut oil / or mustard oil. This oil mix is applied over hair, 30 minutes before hair wash.  You can optionally add 10 ml of neem oil to the above mix.
This is useful in the treatment of dandruff.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha.

Tankana Bhasma dosage: 
125 mg to 250 mg of this Bhasma is given along with honey and ghee.

Tankan Shodhana: Tankana Bhasma preparation method: 
Tankana Bhasma – prepared from Sodium borate (Na2 B4O7. 10 H2O) – It is heated to remove moisture, then further heated to get white dry powder.


Powdered-Tankana Borax-powdered-and-added-to-vessel-to-subject-it-for-heat

Heating the Tankana and puffed borab(dehydrated)

Heating the Tankana and puffed borax(dehydrated)



Reference: Rasa Tarangini 133/79-81

Tankan Bhasm for warts:
Tankana bhasma is mixed with lemon juice and fine paste is made and applied over the warts.
Take 3 grams of Tankana Bhasma in a stainless steel spoon. Add half a teaspoon of Tankana Bhasma  (available in any Ayurveda medical store) to it. Apply this paste over the wart region. You can use the end part of another spoon to apply it. Do it once a day. Be careful not to apply it to other parts of skin, as it may cause burning sensation. Wash it off after 5 minutes.

Tankana Bhasma for skin sores: It is useful in viral infection of skin such as Hand foot and mouth disorder. Shuddha Tankana Bhasma (Borax) is mixed with honey and applied on the sores. It quickens the healing process and reduces pain.

Tankana Bhasma Side effects: 
It increases Pitta and hence may cause burning sensation in few people. Hence care should be taken while administering this in gastritis and peptic ulcer patients.
It is not recommended during pregnancy. It is used in children. Consult a doctor for its use during lactation period.
Tankan Bhasm is having Kshara properties. Medicines with such Kshara properties are not used for long periods of time (more than 2 months) in men seeking infertility treatment.
Long term usage of this can cause oligospermia.

How long to use?
Oral administration is done for 2 – 4 weeks of time.

Ayurvedic medicine with Tankana Bhasma as an ingredient: 
Jirakadi Modak
Anthrakutharam gulika

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If somebody has taken long use of tankan,then how we can do anti dote,or neutralize the side effects of tankan bhasm?

For a patient taking Tankana Bhasma for long term,
It is best for him to take Giloy Amla juice (Patanjali) – 10 ml, mixed with half a small cup of water, once  a day, at any time of the day. This would reduce the excess Pitta increase and Kshara effects caused by Tankana.
Tankana Bhasm for Bindi allergy:
Make a paste of half a teaspoon of Tankana Bhasma with a teaspoon of turmeric powder, with milk. Apply this 2 – 3 times a day.

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