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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, bloating, 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 of Lohabhasmam 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 study
After samanya shodhana, vishesha shodhana Marana was carried out bybhanupaka, sthalipaka and putapaka. During the putapaka process, an electric muffle furnace (EMF) was used. The temperature of puta was studied in two batches, viz. in Batch I, a temperature of 800°C was maintained whereas in Batch II, a temperature of 600°C was maintained. The purpose behind selecting two temperatures was to validate the process of marana of Lauha and to determine an ideal temperature for the preparation of Lauha Bhasma in EMF. It is found that after 20 puta at a temperature of 600°C, the Lauha Bhasma was prepared properly. The entire characteristic of Lauha Bhasma, like “pakwa jambu phala varna,” varitar, etc. was attained at 600°. At a temperature of 800°C, the process could not be carried out smoothly. The pellets turned very hard and brassy yellow in color. The desired color was attained only after decreasing the temperature in further puta.

By observing two batches, it is evident that Lauha Bhasma is better prepared at a temperature of 600°C in an EMF. In Batch I, it took 22 puta for the preparation of Bhasma and was 70% varitar. Batch II took 20 puta for complete conversion of the material to the Bhasma form, and was 75% varitar. Hence, it is revealed that a temperature of 600°C in the EMF is to be maintained for 1 h for preparing proper Lauha Bhasma.

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.

  2. kya lauh bhasm ko pregnancy me bhi le sakte h
    plz reply me

  3. Jenifer says:

    Hello Dr Jv hebbar M lauh bhasam ko mehandi, amla ,reetha,shikakayi powder ,lemon juice or coffee power k sath mix karke balo m lagati hu mere baal ab se white hone lge h isiliye mujhe colour karne or balo ko conditioning k liye ye sab lagana parta h kya ye sab shi h ya m kuch or apply kr sakti hu white balo k liye Koi natural chiz Jo balo ko harm na kre .m dye ya hair color k sakht khilaf hu in sb m chemical hote h mujge apne baal kharab nhi karne meri age ab 22 h plz help suggest something plz Dr.

  4. can Lauha bhasma be taken directly without honey or anything else

  5. Dr sahib main roz gym jata hun spirulina v use karta hun or doodh kay sath safed musli v leta hoon they work well i want increase size of muscle

  6. laha bhasma can be use for childreen

  7. Dear Doctor
    I want to use medari syrup and tablets for weight loss , is it safe to use and does medari gives results? On the hand am known case of hypertension and on medari website it is mentioned there it can also control blood pressure as well.
    Waiting for your kind advice.
    Thanks
    Umair

    • yes what and all you said are absolutely right. but as you are a known patient of hypertension, it is always better to seek advice of an Ayurvedic doctor directly so that he could decide the dose and duration of the treatment according to the nature of your body and disease condition.

  8. required says:

    side effects : gastritis .. and ?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello madam, If Loha Bhasma is not prepared according to the Classical Texts, then it may lead to:
      1. Black Stools
      2. Stomach Upset
      3. Nausea
      4. Diarrhea (which is very rare)

  9. prashant kamble says:

    How the loh bhasma is made , what do you use actually , Real Iron ? if yes then , doesnt it is harmful to body ?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello Sir, This is how it is made:
      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.

      And Iron is purified by using many methods such as vishesha shodhana Marana by bhanupaka, sthalipaka and putapaka etc., so that there is no side effects and it does not harm the body.

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