Loha Bhasma – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects, Preparation

Loha Bhasma is an Ayurvedic medicine prepared from Iron. It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of anemia, eye disorders, skin diseases etc. This medicine should only be taken strictly under medical supervision.

Lauha Bhasma Uses: 

  • It is nourishing, sweet, sour and bitterin effect.
  • It is coolant in nature and heavy to digest.
  • It has scraping quality, hence useful in cardiovascular diseases.
  • It improves strength, immunity, skin texture, complexion, memory, intelligence, digestive power and acts as natural aphrodisiac.
  • It is useful in gastric complaints, skin diseases, eye disorders, bloatig, splenomegaly, helminthiasis, obesity, diabetes, vomiting, asthma, bronchitis, herpes, abdominal colic, chronic respiratory disorders, liver disorders, piles, fistula, chronic diseases, emaciation, muscle wasting, dizziness, delusion.

Effect on Tridosha - Balances Kapha and Pitta.

Chemical composition: Iron – Fe.

Loh Bhasm dosage:
125 – 250 mg once or twice a day before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally administered along with Honey, Ghee, Trikatu Churna, Triphala Churna, Turmeric.

Loh Bhasma 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 and gastritis.
  • 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.

Iron Bhasma preparation, ingredients, how to make:

Loha Bhasma is prepared from purified Iron. There are many different methods of preparation. Any one method can be used. Here is one such method.

Triphala – 100 grams is added with 80o ml of cow urine, boiled and reduced to 200 ml, filtered. This decoction is used to grind purified Iron, for 21 days, disc shaped cakes are prepared, taken in a closed container and heated in the absence of air in 800 – 900 degree celsius for 4 – 5 hours. Taken out, and again ground with Triphala – cow urine decotion for one day and again heated in the basence of air. This process is repeated for 21 times to obtain Iron Bhasma.

Reference: Rasamrit, 3/134-136

Research article: Pharmaceutical and analytical study

Manufacturers: Uma Ayurvedics pvt. Ltd. Dabur, Divya Pharmacy, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd.

Ayurvedic medicines with Lauh Bhasma as ingredient: 

Kumaryasava, Lohasava, Saubhagya Shunti, Manasamitra Vatakam

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

  1. Dr Hebbar
    I heard that taking bhasma regularly as a medicine can create kidney disorder. is it true that bhasma or metals in ayurvedic medicine can cause damage to kidney ???
    please clarify.

    • Ideally, any Ayurveda medicine, including Bhasmas should not be continued longer than the prescribed time period.
      A very high dose of a few Bhasmas over a very long period of time may cause kidney issues.
      Not all Bhasmas end up in causing kidney damage.

      • Dear Dr. Hebbar
        I have been using Himalaya Geriforte 2 tabs/day as general tonic for 2 months. As each pill contains abhrak bhasma 10 mg, yashad bhasma 10 mg, loha bhasma 5 mg, and mandur bhasma 5 mg; can I take it for a long period of time? daily? or should I reduce it to 1 pill a day? I would appreciate your answer.

        • Hi, it can be taken for a long period of time (2 – 4 months). Dose can be gradually reduced to a tablet a day after initial one or two months of use. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person.

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