Godanti Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects

Godanti Bhasma  is an Ayurvedic medicine, prepared from Gypsum. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of headache, Chronic Fever, leucorrhea etc.  This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision. 

It is found in white colour and appears like the teeth (danta) of the cow (Go), when a stroke is given over the plaques of Gypsum.
Chemically it is known as ‘Dihydrate of Calcium sulphate’. Its Chemical formula is CaSO4 . 2H2o. Plaster of paris is a product prepared from it.

Features of Good variety of Godanti (Gypsum):
The godanti found in shiny layers is expected for medicinal purpose. It should possess crystal white colour and lustrous radiance like the moon of autumn season (Sharath ritu).
According to Ayurveda , it should be purified before its acceptance for therapeutic purposes.

Godanti - Gypsum

Qualities of Godanti bhasma:
Godanti bhsama is cold in nature. So, it is preferred in the treatment of Pitta imbalance disorders.
Especially in jaundice, urticaia rashes, fever etc  it is of proven efficacy.
Because of its coolant properties, it is used in fever with high body temperature, associated with headache.

Godanti Bhasma Uses: It is used in the treatment of leucorrhoea, Fever due to Pitta imbalance, Chronic fever, cough, cold, asthma, anemia, chest injury, emaciation and wasting in children. It improves strength and immunity.
It is used in the treatment of migraine.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances all the three Doshas, especially Pitta Dosha.

Godanti Bhasma dosage:
General Dose: 125 to 375 mg
250 mg once or twice a day before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is traditionally administered along with ghee, honey milk or with sugar.
Dose based on age:
1 – 5 years – 100 – 250 mg, in divided doses per day.
5- 16 years – 250 – 500 mg, in divided doses per day.
Adults – 250 – 1 gram in divided doses per day.  

Purification of Godanti – Godanti Shodhana
Good kind of Godanti is taken and tied in a cloth and a bundle is made. It is swinged in a pot (dolayantra) and subjected for Swedana (sudation) in the media of fresh juice of lemon or leaf juice of Leuacas cephalotus – Dronapushpi Patra swarasa, for a period of one and a half hour.

Inceneration – Godanti Marana
Purified plaques of Godanti are pounded and placed in between the earthen discs(plates).After proper sealing , it is subjected to heat, by using cow dung cakes. It can be kept over the gas stove as it needs moderate heat (1500– 2500 C) for 1- 2 hour. When it is cooled, white colour powder is collected. This triturated well and stored. If the bhasma has not attained the fineness,  once again it is subjected to heat.

Godanti Bhasm side effects:

  • This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
  • Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous.
  • Over-dosage may cause severe side effects including gastritis, liver complicationsetc.
  • Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
  • Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.

How long can it be used?
It is best to limit administration of Godanti Bhasma to 30 – 45 days only.

Children, pregnancy and lactation:
It is best avoided during pregnancy and infants. It can be administered in lower doses in lactating mother and children. But for this, direct consultation with an Ayurveda doctor is necessary.

Godanti Bhasm ingredients, preparation:
Shuddha Godanti  – Purified Gypsum – 100 g.
Purified Gypsum is triturated with aloe vera juice or lemon juice , thin cakes are prepared and heated in a closed container under 300 – 500 degree celcius to obtain Red coloured Godanti Bhasma.

Different usage methods of Godanti:
In case of Chronic fever  it is administered along with the decoction of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) or neem.
In breathlessness /asthma, the decoction of Dashamoola can be used with Godanti bhasma.
Decoction of Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) is effective in case of chronic cold ,cough and rhinitis followed with the medicine. It provides good body strength and promotes the appetite.

Reference: Rasa Tarangini 11/241
Ayurvedic classical literatures like Rasatarangini & Rasaratna samucchaya explain the noble qualities of Godanti in detail.

Manufacturers: Divya Pharmacy, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd.
Divya Pharmacy calls this same product as Divya Godanti Bhasma

Ayurvedic medicine list with  Godanti Bhasma as ingredient: 

Shankha Dravaka

Anjal tablet

Point capsule

My experience with this formulation – Dr MS Krishnamurty:
Godanti for Peri menopausal syndrome:
My personal way of preparation of Godanti bhasma  to obtain the benefits in case of menopausal syndrome:
After obtaining the bhasma by classical method, it is further triturated with the fine paste of white coloured hibiscus flower in the  ratio of 2:1.This is made in to pellets and subjected to heat. Grey or light brown coloured bhasma is obtained.
It is very effective against menopausal syndrome and its complications. Especially hot flesh , dryness of body etc are relieved soon by this.

Read more about perimenopausal syndrome

Godanti Basm for leucorrhea:
In case of leucorrhoea, fatigue, excess perspiration etc, this is administered along with yastimadhu (Glyccirrhiza glabra) and sugarcandy in 1:2:2 ratio. Read more about Ayurvedic treatment of leucorrhea – white discharge

In case of heavy periods – menorrhagia, it is administered along with Ashokarishta.

Godanti Bhasmam for headache, migraine:
In headache, rhinitis and vertigo plain Godanti bhasma is administered along with Bala (Sida cordifolia) decoction or Balarishta. This combination is also useful in the treatment of migraine, trigeminal neuralgia and tension headache.

Godanti as a calcium supplement: Is useful in treating osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. For this purpose, it is administered along with Gandha tailam.

Over all, Godanti bhasma is a simple , effective and safe drug  what a physician can be kept in the medicine shelf.

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